Name: Harry Potter 8 The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Running Time (minutes): 130
Description: The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Again, I’m surprised how much I liked it. I suppose the key is forgetting everything you know about the book.
Story-wise, things are all right, but the Deathly Hallows story remains elusive. How did Dumbledore get the Resurrection Stone, did he buy it in a local shop? Kloves included the answer in his script, so use the script, David Yates! Also, a much more glaring mistake occurs in the flashback sequence: we hear Trelawney’s prophecy about Pettigrew returning to Voldemort instead of the one where she predicts Voldemort’s rival will be born soon. As a book reader, this is really irritating to listen to. As a non-book reader, it’ll probably sound utterly incomprehensible. Then again, the first prophecy in film 5 was totally misrepresented and Thompson delivered the second one much more dramatic in 3, so…. And it sounds pretty good mixed with Desplat’s music as well. And, again, I hate those unscored moments that should have been scored: especially the scene after Voldemort’s death sounds raw and unfinished, and for the love of God, whoever would not score the trio’s goodbye after the memory sequence?
Talking about sound, whoever did the sound mixing for films 7 and 8 really knew what he was doing. At last, the six channels are used to their full extent. Desplat’s score was a pleasant rediscovery as well, though I missed the Trio’s theme and its few references were sometimes difficult to place and the disappearance of the villain theme is stupid too.
All in all, it’s difficult to say which films I like the most. Nevertheless, a vain attempt folllows: 4, 3, 7, 8, 1, 6, 2, 5. I won’t even try to justify that choice as they all have good and bad moments.