Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is based on the popular novel from J.K. Rowling and the seventh film of the series. The story follows Harry, Ron and Hermione on their urgent quest to track down the four remaining Horcruxes and avoid capture by their enemies. Let’s consider the pros and cons of the penultimate film…
Pros: Two part movies are generally frowned upon, but due to the 759 page source material, splitting up this story feels warranted and works fairly well. David Yates does an excellent job of adding consistency to these last two films, as well as the two preceding it. Another resounding positive is the score composed by Alexandre Desplat. Not only are elements from the original theme used, but a tinge of somberness is added as the story nears it’s end. Lastly, the dark tone is excellently depicted from muted colors to the cold atmosphere.
Cons: While the opening is thrilling and emotional, this movie grinds to a halt after Harry, Ron and Hermione are separated from their friends and family. The sporadic shift from low to high intensity moments throughout this movie can feel jarring at times. Furthermore, the inclusion of several drawn out scenes makes it unclear whether this final chapter needed to be split up into two parts.
I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 a B. There are plenty of exciting moments, but the slow plot progression keeps it from standing on it’s own. However, where this movie falls short, part 2 pays off tenfold. Until next time. Happy Watching!
“Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him.”