Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One is the cinematic equivalent of a warm-up act. After all, David Yates’s film has to whet the appetite for the much-anticipated final Potter offering, released next year. Seen in those terms, Deathly Hallows is a sizeable disappointment. Despite incredible special effects and good performances, the boy wizard’s seventh adventure is so painfully slow it leaves you with Potter fatigue rather than a sense of excitement.
To its credit, Deathly Hallows is the scariest film in the series as evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) does all he can to track down Harry (Radcliffe).
Accompanied by friends Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint), the wizard goes on the run and tries to destroy the mysterious horcruxes in order to stop the forces of evil.
As you’d expect from Potter films, Deathly Hallows is, visually, magnificent – from a high-flying chase scene to a series of fantastical creatures. It’s too bad so much of the movie is devoted to tedious conversations between the three leads – Deathly Hallows needed to be more streamlined to catapult us toward next year’s climax.
Good for: Potter fans with comfortable seats.