MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ delivers for fans

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter movies, you don’t want to miss the chance to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” on the big screen.
I’m among the many who’ve watched Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) grow up over the years.
After the first two movies, the Potter series became darker and darker. That trend reaches new levels with “Deathly Hallows.”
It’s down to a life-and-death struggle between Harry and the Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). The two must face each other, and only one can survive, according to the prophecy that got Harry’s parents killed.
Harry and his friends are at the center of the conflict, but numerous characters from the books by J. K. Rowling, as well as the previous movie adaptations, find their lives at risk, too.
That’s one of the reasons why you need to be a fan to enjoy this film. If you haven’t been keeping up, you won’t have any history with the secondary characters.
Director David Yates counts on his audience to know about Snape (Alan Rickman), Ginny (Bonnie Wright), Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter), Draco (Tom Felton) and the others who have to make the most of their screen time. I doubt the story could be told any other way.
The screenplay by Steve Kloves is fast-moving and manages to pack in a lot of action. But he had to operate under a built-in limitation: The movie doesn’t really end when the credits roll.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will come out in the summer, so “Part 1” comes to a jarring close. On the plus side for Warner Bros., I’m very much interested in seeing “Part 2.”
Rowling’s Potter stories have always been about making the right choices, even when those choices aren’t easy. Times are hard in “Deathly Hallows.”
Voldemort’s hatred for Muggles (non-wizards) would feel very familiar to anyone who’s studied Nazi Germany. Voldemort’s Death Eaters enact harsh laws to “protect” the wizarding world, and innocent witches, wizards and Muggles find themselves on the wrong side of the Dark Lord’s regime.
“Part 1” has its comedic elements, and it’s certainly an adventure story. There’s also romance, heroism, betrayal and loss. It makes a memorable combination for Potter fans.
I give “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” an A.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Wizard Reivew: “Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” an A. – “Excellent movie. The cinematography was amazing. I do think you need to see the previous movies to get it.”

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