Friday, January 7, 2011

A Superb Beginning


Producer: Warner Bros.
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes and others
Rating: ***** (5 of 5)
Pros: An amazing silhouette depiction of a scene, sticks to the story as far as possible
Cons: Parts of the movie can be rather confusing, particularly for those who skipped the books

Harry Potter remains the greatest series of books that this generation has ever read. But, alas, every good book must give way to a movie, such is today's world. Nonetheless, the proof of the movie lies in the extent to which it is able to tell the original story. The Harry Potter franchise has, unfortunately, not done too well here. But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 stands out as an exception.

Voldemort and the Death Eaters are gaining strength and the Ministry of Magic could fall soon. With Dumbledore dead, Hogwarts is no longer safe. The Order of the Phoenix is desperate t protect Harry Potter, but Harry has other plans. Joined by Hermine and Ron, the three friends go off with inheritances from Dumbledore to find and eliminate Voldemort's Horcruxes and thus render him a mortal.

The story if kept as close to the original as possible. Of course, it misses a few things, but that does not affect the overall scheme of things. Having played the same characters in the other movies, the lead actors play their parts flawlessly. The movie itself comes with the standard dose of special effects and emotional moments.

But one part of the movie stands out as being exceptionally good. The depiction of the Story of the Three Brothers, using Silhouette imaging is perhaps the finest use of technology in film making that I have ever come across: subtle, delicately made yet stunning. The minute-long scene takes the cake as the best of the entire movie and is surely the centrepiece of the movie.

Overall, the movie is excellent, although it can be a little to fast paced (a necessary evil, I suppose) and difficult to keep up at times. Still, the movie deserves to be watched and nicely sets the pace for Part 2, which could be one of the greatest movies of our times. Honestly speaking, the wait is killing me! (OTFS)

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