Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Yates, 2010)
Yates has successfully made the latest (half) installment of the Harry Potter franchise into the second best film of the entire series. It’s sophisticated with the perfect level of chaos and dreariness. This wizarding world and the people that live in it are in dark times, facing daily fear and uncertainty. Yet despite this, the film begins with a wedding – a celebration of love – reminding us that there is still sanity in the world, and these characters we have come to know and love are still moving foward with their lives.
During this wedding, however, is when the bulk of the story takes off. After being attacked, our three main protagonists begin the journey that takes them away from the familiar setting of Hogwarts, and into the huge open world. Though violence and evil are rampant in their world, majority of the film is spent in various remote locations around the countryside, camping, and trying to decide the next course of action. This low key setting is beautiful, yet still tense. We see these three friends fight, cry, comfort each other, and move slowly towards solving the puzzle that drives them. The film’s pacing is finally appropriate, and I anxiously await Part 2 and the conclusion of the series. 8.75/10