Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The most beautiful movie that I have ever had the pleasure to see..

Comes to an end one of the longest and creative franchises in the world cinema. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 intend to open all avenues for that next year the series close with a golden key. The studios also promise the latest chapter in 3D (almost the first part was not), which should generate even greater attendance records. Incidentally, this Warner can not complain. Harry Potter has always been efficient in time to fatten their coffers. What had the lowest box office, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grossed almost $ 800 million worldwide. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest release by then, reached nearly 1 billion. The two sides intent on beating this end all those numbers, and are well capable of achieving.

Deathly Hallows begins without even an introduction. Fair enough, after all six movies were before, and if we stop to tell what happened in previous chapters, the film, which has already 2:30, would be even longer. In addition, director David Yates seems to have given up just doing a commercial film, where no one will understand without any prior knowledge. Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon, is a pop icon, is the most widely read book in the world, second only to the Bible and its author is richer than the Queen of England. David Yates has this and knows that at this point, we’ve been through every phase cuddly animals, magical, innocent, and eyes shining with every visit to Hogwarts. In Relics, you are passionate about the characters, or at least interested in them. You already know about the universe in which they live and even feared by them. After all, the last three films were “toasted” with significant deaths in the last minute. Here the deaths start earlier, which only enhances the feeling that nobody is safe and every moment with a simple Avada Kedavra, we will have a body lying on the floor.

Still, and this is a recurring problem in the whole series, Harry Potter has rhythm problems. In fact, he always had. This happens largely because the books, as well as in the Twilight Saga, Shiites have fans that do not leave anything pass unnoticed and make lists of all differences between the book and the big screen, and complain too much, certainly affects the mouth and lips box office. And with a patrol so intense, it is difficult to take liberties. To make matters worse, each new book, JK Rowling has lost its ability to condensation, which made the Deathly Hallows a real brick. Was it extremely essential that the book turned two movies? It could not have been done only with a rate much faster? Maybe. But the truth is that Harry Potter has won a lot with this division. For the first time we have the feeling that the director was trying to include as many literary references frame, the times are exactly what the characters need. And in a story full of deaths, losses and liabilities, was expected to be different.

Harry, Ron and Hermione spend the entire movie running away, literally being hunted by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. They are the last hope for wizards, who have lived in a system very similar to Nazism. An interesting parallel, with much credit to Rowling, but visually it was also very well built in the movies, either in propaganda against blood-poor (people who were not born wizards) or any conception of the Ministry of Magic. And to prepare for the final duel, Harry must find and destroy the seven Horcruxes, objects that have a piece of Voldemort’s soul. Without destroying them first, Voldemort can not be fully defeated.

In Deathly Hallows we have the clear feeling that everything seen so far in preparing for something. All spells that the characters learned the hard way, and were little used, now flow, as will the need arise. It’s as if they lived in the final scene of the Order of the Phoenix, constantly dueling it out, protecting themselves. No one safe, or save the magic that has never been present and used. The story, which was silly and light, now dark and intense. Hermione, for example, starts the film completely erasing the memory of parents to protect them, and spends the entire film haunted by these memories, knowing that probably will never see them, and that if they do, they do not recognize. Ron is another who has ceased to be comic relief to begin to confront his own demons, and spends much of the movie listening to a radio, afraid to hear the news of the death of their parents or siblings. With that, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, finally we give interpretations of quality, with scenes that require more of them in one film than in the entire series. The supporting cast is still masterful. Hard to imagine a better than Voldemort Ralph Fiennes, or Bellatrix better than Helena Bonham Carter. Point for them to bet on the characters, not knowing how they would actually developed.

Despite many moments of reflection between the trails, and with very tender moments, like the dance between Harry and Hermione, the action scenes are at their best in Part 1. Very well built, with a tension that borders on horror movie, especially after Bathilda Bagshot’s house. And seeing the efficiency with which the characters get out of situations, give a mixture of pride and melancholy, to see how time has passed to Harry and Hermione, and as we were present throughout the path.

But not everything is perfect. Hogwarts has a lot missing. As interesting as this is the seventh movie, can not help but wonder what is happening in school, and when Harry opens the Marauder’s Map, briefly, was enough to yearn for a little track of what was happening there. Also missing is Michael Gambon Albus Dumbledore and his, but in this case is no return. For those who do not remember, he took an Avada Kedavra in the last movie, and now only comes back in flashbacks (or thoughts of the Pensieve in this case). It was also not quite worked the romance between Harry and Ginny. Although they are the main couple, the one who should be cheering after seven films, just oddly cheering for Harry and Hermione. In the books there is no romantic tension between them, but it’s something that happened naturally in the movies, without pretensions, which only adds to the drama of the characters. But let Gina Wesley so off, especially after she had highlighted in Half-Blood Prince, is unacceptable.

At the end of projection, the impression is that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a watershed in the series. It is the first movie where we do not have Hogwarts and the division of time that both the films plaster. Where the movies just because the school year ended. And never the dramatic arc of the film could end before finishing the school year. This time there is a break in all that was predetermined as rhythm and narrative here, and this is very good. It is more unpredictable, and it was essential to the series. The impression is that the best film in fact is one that is coming. You hope to not have that expectation dashed.

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