Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Having watched both parts of this movie back to back, I feel pretty safe in saying that it wasn’t really necessary to split it up into two pieces, because basically nothing happens for most of this film. Which is, I’m sure, just a huge surprise to everybody. Next you’re going to tell me that The Hobbit doesn’t need to be split in two parts!

The evil fish-faced Ralph Fiennes is back in full force, and Harry Potter has to find the three magical lucky charms with his soul in them so he can break them and win for magic. He and his friends have some gunfights… er… wandfights with the baddies and find one of the things, then they sit around and camp out for a couple months. Finally they get caught by Helena Bonham Carter (who, against type, is a crazy evil lady who wears black and has an insane hairdo) but are transported out by Jar-Jar-ex-machina. I’m not the only one who associates that little “Dobbie” guy with Jar-Jar, right? They’re both goddamn annoying.

I obviously didn’t like this movie very much. I didn’t read the books and I’m not a superfan or anything, but I know a poorly-paced movie when I see one. Also, I was really disappointed that most of the magic in the film was replaced by wands shooting little magic bullet things. Why were they guns? Aren’t people supposed to say fake latin while they use magic? Is that just like, the default setting of a wand or something? Why give up on an established concept SEVEN MOVIES IN?

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