Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension Of Disbelief: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen.

Movie Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint

I was pretty nervous about going to see this movie. I’ve been a fan of Harry and his cronies since I was a wee thing, and have grown a certain sentimental attachment to the franchise over the years. Problem is, while I’m quite the fan of the written works, the movies have mostly failed to live up to their literary versions. Whether it be awkward child actors or fairly massive plot holes, they were just never that great.

So I went into the cinema hoping it’d be great, but not really expecting it to be.

I needn’t have worried though, because it blew the rest of the films out of the water.

It was certainly more action-packed than the rest, and the CGI effects were brilliant. The main part of the film was the huge battle at Hogwarts, between Voldemort and The Death Eaters, and Harry and all his supporters. This always leaves room for great magic to be done, and done it was.

The acting was awesome too. Notable performances: Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) kicks ass in ways both hilarious and adorable. It was cool to see Smith and other seasoned actors back in action after the rural meanderings of Part 1. Alan Rickman gave a gut-wrenching performance as Snape. But, in my humble opinion, the star was Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) who has grown up from this rather cute wee pyjama-clad lad, into this rather strapping fellow. Neville really saves the day.

One of my major disappointments was the complete and utter lack of chemistry between Harry and Ginny. It was flat. I swear Harry probably had more going on when he was kissing the snitch than he did when he was kissing Ginny.

On the other hand, Ron and Hermione’s kiss was hilarious. I’m led to believe that the filming of said kiss was awkward as hell, but they pulled it off. I nearly cried from laughing.

The other part that nearly left me crying from laughing, was the epilogue “19 years later”. Now, I do feel that this part of the book was particularly stunted and dissatisfying, so you can’t really blame the film-makers for it, BUT: gosh it was weird. I don’t know how I feel about artificial aging in a non-comedic setting. Mostly that it is conducive of hysterical laughter even when it is obviously not meant to be conducive of hysterical laughter. In all fairness, ending any series with as much hype as Harry Potter would be difficult. We’ve seen Harry, Ron and Hermione as children, so we might as well see them as pot-bellied parents.

Overall: It was fantastic, I loved it. I think the eight-year-old fan in me would be impressed. Great effects, great acting, and some of the awkwardness made it all the more endearing. I’ve tried not to gush about certain particular moments in this review, because that would be particularly un-reviewlike, but there were plenty of splendid moments for die-hard fans to gush over. That, I think, makes a movie pretty awesome.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 signs of the deathly hallows.


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6 Comments

  1. July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm —

    I NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE. I don’t go on opening weekend anymore. Last time I went to a Harry Potter movie on opening weekend, there was vomit. And duck-walking. And constant audience narration. When I say “constant,” I’m afraid you read “a lot of audience narration.” No. From the opening credits until the end of Chamber of Secrets. Fo’ realz.

    • July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm —

      duck-walking? That is unfortunate. 😛

      • July 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm —

        Well, if I’m honest, the vomit that caused the duck-walking was worse. It was an interesting night.

  2. July 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm —

    I loved it so much! in the scene with Molly iand Bellatrix, the whole room recited the line with her! 🙂
    I am so sad the midnight premieres are over, but at least there’s still the musical in November!

    • July 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm —

      Wait a minute. There’s a musical? THERE’S A MUSICAL?!

    • July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm —

      I KNOW! I was like “Gooo Molly!!”.

      I adore Helena Bonham Carter in general, and she did such a perfect job of being Hermione at the beginning. At first I couldn’t see her face clearly and I actually thought it was Emma Watson dressed up well.

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