Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I’ – What Did You Think?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the happy kids from the early days are gone and are now replaced with grim-faced young adults. And so too have the familiar surroundings of Hogwarts been replaced along with Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) mentor and protector Dumbledore. Following Dumbledore's death Valdemort gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, with the aid of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), attempts to locate and destroy the Horcruxes before Valdemort restores his full power.
The problem as always with the Harry Potter films is the immense amount of source material to convert from page to screen. A solution was to split the film in two, dollar signs were one of the driving forces. Still David Yates does a good job at the helm of the film capturing the excitement of the story. The movie remains accurate to the storyline and leaves out relatively little in the translation to the big screen. With a run time of over two hours the film is packed.
A darker film than the previous, with a more maturely themed story, the film at times has a slower pace. For fans of the series, it is likely just what you have been waiting for. If you have not seen the films or are not a fan, this is not the place to start. And because of the 146 minute run time, do not buy the extra large drink. I missed about 2 minutes.

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