Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the lull before the storm, literally.
Part psychological, part action, the first installment to the final Harry Potter movie is dragging, making you feel the tediousness of their journey to find the mystical items that will defeat Voldemort. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint flex their dramatic muscles and deal with the part of the story full of guilt, ennui, and jealousy. A real dramatic turn, if you ask me.
In my review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I said that Harry and the gang's all grown up, and in "Deathly Hallows," the maturation process continues. But despite the powerful direction of David Yates, I felt this film was a huge let down.
Being the springboard for the finale, the satisfaction level was the lowest among the Harry Potter movies. The studios know that the film franchise built enough social capital among the fans for them to watch it, despite the fact that it is an incomplete story.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is well-made and serious, but that's not what I'm looking for in a Harry Potter film.
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