The first part of the final Harry Potter film has been much talked about since, well since the book was out? Or since the last film, or maybe even both of those. I have to start by saying that I have never been the biggest fan of the Potter films, and I haven’t actually seen the last installment (Half Blood Prince). But anyway after seeing the trailer for this film I thought it looked a hell of a lot darker than the previous films. The continuing adventure, or as this film will be often referred to as the beginning of the end . . .
Harry faces a race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. We are not told what these Deathly Hallows are until about half way through the film. I have to admit that I thought the running time was rather long and it would drag, but that was far from the case. I really did find myself consumed from start to finish, even if the ending obviously left us hanging for the 8 month wait until part II.
The opening scene with Bill Nighy being in it really did bode well for me getting into the film (yes, I just love him incase you didn’t already know that). Which leads me to something I actually find brilliant about the Potter films, lots and lots of British actors/actresses!
Harry along with his best friends Ron and Hermoine end up having to fend for themselves and cannot trust anyone. Ron even leaves them for a few weeks after a heated argument with Harry. This just shows how grown up they all are now getting annoyed with each other and struggling with different issues to the previous films. This film is a lot darker, and deals with resentment and jealously in the friendship between Harry and Ron.
The running time of over 2 hours may seem rather long, but I really thought every minute was used in a good way to build up the suspense in the story. I really did find myself gasping for breath at times whilst sitting on the edge of my seat! I even jumped a few times mainly to do with Voldemort’s snake (just as a little warning). This film is definitely made for adults and not by any means small children.
While I have seen all the other Potter films excluding the Half Blood Prince, I never actually believed I would enjoy it so much. It may even encourage me to read the books and really get into the world of Harry Potter – if that is recommended? Yes I have had people suggest reading them over the years but for some reason it has never really appealed to me.
I am extremely interested in what massive Potter fans make of this film and if they are happy with the beginning of the end . . . as I was very impressed and very much looking forward to part II.