Harry Potter and company return for one last big screen adventure in the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise: The Deathly Hallows, Part Two. The film’s few weaknesses are easily overshadowed by the many strengths of this final chapter, and I have a feeling that Potter fans will be pleased with the final results.
One of the key aspects that make this final entry so amazing to watch, especially on the big screen, are the special effects and the dazzling use of 3D. I’m usually not a fan of 3D films; most are either rushed through the process in post-production or even use gimmicks to show off their 3D usage.
This is definitely not the case here, and the filmmakers did an excellent job making sure that the 3D didn’t become a distraction from the story. I was quite impressed.
The visuals as with all Harry Potter films were fantastic. You really can allow yourself to get sucked into the world of the story and not become distracted by hokey CG or obvious effects work. It’s a seamless blend of computer magic and live-action, which helps bring the spirit of the film to entertaining and exciting life.
Aside from the technical wizardry, the story is much darker and at times seemingly bleaker in tone than the previous films. This aids to only strengthen the film’s story and its myriad characters and creates a much more satisfying conclusion than if they had decided to go in a lighter and more upbeat direction. While there are some moments of humor, they are few and far between unlike most other Potter films.
The only aspect that I felt was lacking was a sense of emotional depth and feeling, especially when certain characters are killed during the battle at Hogwarts. I felt as if these deaths were merely glossed over and not given the emotional impact they deserved considering who many of these characters are in respect to the series as a whole.
Other than that, this was a solid and satisfying conclusion to what is probably one of the most successful film franchises in history. With eight hit films (this one is sure to be a box office success as well), Harry Potter will definitely go out with a bang and possibly as one of the biggest blockbusters of this summer.
It was a bit odd sitting in the theater during the closing credits knowing that this was the final Harry Potter film. It’s been quite a journey for both the cast and audiences alike over the past decade years. Many of us have grown up alongside these characters, read and seen their adventures, and have allowed them to become a part of our lives and pop culture.
And while there are rumors that author J.K. Rowling has another Harry Potter book in mind, I have a feeling that the big screen adventures of Harry himself have come to an end. I can’t think of a more fitting and satisfying film to conclusion to one of the largest book and film franchises worldwide.
What did you think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two? Was it everything you were hoping it would be? Are you sad the series has concluded? Leave a comment and let us know!