MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Part 2’ meets Potter fans’ expectations

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

You’re either with us or against us at this point.
I doubt anything I write will send you to or keep you away from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
I’m among the converted. I didn’t want to go to the first movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” After seeing that first movie, I still didn’t understand what the big deal was.
But over time, I became hooked. The movies got better and better, and starting with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” they’ve gotten darker and darker.
With “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” we get a war movie. This war’s been brewing since the first book by J.K. Rowling, and surely she’s the only one who had an inkling of how brutal this final battle would be.
Characters fans have grown to appreciate, if not love, over the years get killed in this film. Make sure your young ones are up to it.
I’m hesitant to take my kids because I don’t want them to disturb other viewers with comments like, “Why is he dead? He shouldn’t be dead. It’s not fair.”
In “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are on the run.
For “Part 2,” they decide it’s time to take the fight to the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is their battleground.
It’s an action movie, but it’s balanced with slower scenes that allow for dramatic, romantic and even comedic moments.
At one point, Hermione takes a potion and is transformed into Bellatrix Lestrange. Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix, perfectly channels Hermione’s revulsion of pretending to be such a vile character.
In addition, we get a glimpse into Professor Severus Snape’s history. There’s been talk among reviewers that Alan Rickman deserves a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance of the deeply tormented and complex Snape. It’s a strong character made stronger by Rickman’s portrayal.
If you’ve read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” you already know the book is far better than the movie versions, “Part 1” and “Part 2.”
But fans of the Potter films can rest assured that the last cinematic installment lives up to the high expectations set by the series.
I predict serious cases of Potter withdrawal in the coming days, weeks and months. For now, enjoy.
I give “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” an A.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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