The conclusion to the ten year saga that is now a staple in cinema history ends….it’s time for the last Harry Potter movie.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 gets its strength from what it does to the viewer. If you were a Potter fan from the beginning and grew up on these books like me this movie was much more than a movie but more of a end of a part of your life. It’s been ten years since the first Harry Potter movie and these movies have grown since that first film. Where they grow starts in the main cast. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint deliver their best performances to date further showing that they have grown and matured in each movie and are now very talented actors. Now each performance in this movie really is great but the ones that stood out the most to me were Alan Rickman as Snape and Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. I felt like Rickman was the strongest of the movie. He gave us a range of emotions from this character who we’ve seen barely lose his scowl to being in love and on his knees begging for help. His performance will get recognized in my opinion come awards season. Ralph Fiennes gave his best Voldemort performance in this movie mainly based on how he handled his ever growing demise and how he physically gave the viewers a feel of losing power as Harry, Ron, and Hermione found Horcruxes. He gave us a villain that we both despised but I also was very curious to know more about because there was more to him than what he showed us. But easily the crux of this movie is it’s non-stop action. This movie gave, in my opinion, the most penetrating and heart-pounding action since The Dark Knight. The battle scenes were both epic and emotional and made the ending that much better. The director, David Yates, finally perfected his directing skills with this movie. He picked up the series in The Order of the Phoenix and prior to this one never truly gave a very well directed movie but in Part 2 as well as Part 1 he really hit his stride as a director and now should have no issue finding more work. I want to also give some credit to the music score which was by Alexandre Desplat, he did yet another wonderful job and issued an even more intense emotional tug during the pivotal scenes. This movie isn’t perfect and it has it’s flaws but honestly I really don’t care those are way too small. This movie was a giant emotional roller coaster and it was utterly fantastic. It ended this amazing series perfectly and will stand the test of time as one of the greatest movie sagas of all time.
In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the best Harry Potter film of the series and will get recognition during awards season because so far it is the best movie I have seen this summer with a perfect mix of developing characters, sensational writing, and superb directing that should end as one of the best movies of the year as well.
Check out my Part 1 review as well: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1