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A Satisfying Conclusion To An Iconic Series Of Films!
A decade of magic and seven films later, we come to the gripping conclusion of the 'Harry Potter' films, and let me assure you; it does not disappoint at all.
Again, this film works extremely well because of Steve Kloves' fantastically crafted screenplay. One of my favourite scenes in the movie (which was actually not in the novel) was when Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) confronts Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), who is now headmaster at Hogwarts, and angrily states to Snape that he should not be standing where Dumbledore once stood ('How dare you stand where he stood!').
Once again, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson effectively lead an outstanding cast - which includes many veteran British actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, John Hurt, Alan Rickman and many more famous faces. Speaking of Alan Rickman, he does a fine job in portraying the complexity of Severus Snape. To me, out of all the fine performances in the film, Rickman's 'Snape' outshone everybody's, and it is revealed in the final film where Snape's true allegiances lie... Ralph Fiennes also dominates as Lord Voldemort - the villain whom Harry and his friends are trying to be rid of and conquer once and for all. Will they succeed? Or will they face failure...?
This final installment is the darkest and most serious out of all the 'Harry Potter' films and the superb cinematography really highlights this as well as the direction of David Yates (who has had the honour of directing the franchise since 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix').
I really have enjoyed growing up with these films and observing how Harry, Ron and Hermione have developed and changed both emotionally and personality wise during the course of 10 years. This film is a nice end to the series but also, to me, an emotional one - for it dawns on you how we will no longer experience anymore adventures with these iconic characters, with which many of us grew up with...
4 ½ out of 5 (exceptional)- The end of perhaps one of the most memorable series of films ever.
One Final Note: I highly recommend that you watch this film in 2D - for in my opinion 3D lowers the brightness and clarity of films, and this film is already dark and gloomy in many of its scenes.
A Whole New Level.
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' exceeds all expectations, every Harry Potter movie keeps on getting better and better and this film is the current gem of the franchise. It also conveys a very important message at its heart, especially about fascism. We are reminded of all those years ago of when another dastardly figure had quite similar ideas to 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named'. From the very first gravely words spoken by Bill Nighy: "These are dark times, there's no denying", we know that we are in for a 'treat'.
Brilliantly directed by David Yates (who has had the honour of directing the franchise since 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix') 'The Deathly Hallows: Part 1' is the beginning of the end of an epic adventure and it satisfies its audience with drama, action and some incredibly moving scenes (especially the final act). This 'Harry Potter' is nothing like the previous films, it is darker, more serious and there is the worrying phenomenon of sexual maturity for Harry, Ron and Hermione. The professional use of CGI and breathtakingly beautiful scenes also add to the greatness of the film, I just loved the way that they designed the Malfoy Manor. All of these factors make the whole film an exhilarating ride.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are all brilliant, it is amazing to see how much they have grown up and how their acting skills have flourished over the years, they have grown from children to young adults they carry the series with their professional acting. Other famous faces (who are mostly very talented veteran British actors) must not be forgotten, such as Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, Alan Rickman, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Jason Isaacs, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and many more who have had the honour of appearing in this iconic franchise.
However, a special mention must go to the screenwriter: Steve Kloves, who adds a lot of gloom at various points but then surprises us with light humour, which is effectively crafted in a way that it doesn't really distract the viewer from what the grim reality of the situations that Harry, Ron and Hermione are in. Kloves sure knows how to adapt a book into a film and he hasn't made a single mistake with 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 1'.
What I was most pleased about 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 1' was the fact that it wasn't in 3D for this format would have entirely ruined the film for me because like some other films which were originally supposed to be in 2D but had 3D incorporated to it in the post-production stage, it would have lowered the brightness and clarity. It is a shame that part. 2 will be in 3D and I fear that it will suffer in brightness and clarity, but let's hope that the traditional Warner Brothers will decide to change their mind like they did with part. 1.
4 ½ out of 5 (exceptional) The best Harry Potter to date, and I am sure that this statement will change when part. 2 is released.
A True Accomplishment In Filmmaking!
Each film Christopher Nolan makes just keeps on getting better and better, and Inception is indeed his current masterpiece, Christopher Nolan could not have made it any better.
Filled with mind-blowing effects and a captivating plot (although complex, the plot still keeps the viewer on the edge of their seats), Inception brings a whole new level to the genres of Mystery and Sci-Fi. The plot cannot be described, it's one of those films where you just have to go see it for yourself and revel in its originality: Inception has to be one of the best original ideas in cinematic history.
As for the acting, all the cast were fantastic! We see Leonardo DiCaprio star in the emotional role of 'Cobb' alongside Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard who plays 'Mal', Cobb's wife. Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cillian Murphy also star, and they were all nothing less than brilliant. Ellen Page was her usual best and, we even see Michael Caine and Pete Postlethwaite in small but significant roles.
Wally Pfister (Christopher Nolan's right hand man) has yet again outshone himself with the exceptional and purely beautiful cinematography, which to me was probably one of the best features of the film.
Hans Zimmer composed an incredible score, marking his third collaboration with Christopher Nolan (following the two Batman films). The score was very electronic and Zimmer really did unleash his imagination in the best possible way. The main song in the film, Édith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" fits in with the theme of the film very well (Zimmer even put some elements of the song into his score).
Inception is a thoroughly enjoyable film in which the viewer will still be pondering / thinking about the events that have taken place long after the credits have rolled...
5 out of 5 (exceptional) and definitely on my top 10 list of films. A definite contender for the 83rd Academy Awards.