Picking up right where “Part One” left off, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are still on a mission to find the Horcruxes which contain pieces of Lord Voldemort`s (Ralph Fiennes) soul.
Destroy them, and the dark lord falls. Fail, and its pretty much the end of the world.
That`s the premise and what is on the line in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
While the initial installment has been characterized as a road movie with intimate scenes and quiet moments, this one is definitely a war film. The stakes are incredibly high, forcing many familiar faces to make the ultimate sacrifice. There are are big battles and major magical confrontations which make up the bulk of the series finale.
Of course, Voldemort isn`t sitting on his hands while Harry and his friends try to take him down. He strikes back, attacking Hogwarts with a vengeance and taking a multitude of prisoners.
That forces Harry to make a very tough decision. He must Voldemort face-to-face. Their ultimate confrontation is what fans of the books and the movies have been waiting for and it does not disappoint.
For the past ten years, we`ve watched the lead actors in this series grow up in front of our eyes. They`ve made a mostly graceful transition from children to adults, and the performances of Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have also grown. They are self-assured and strong in this final chapter, very comfortable with their characters and their roles.
Supporting them is a treasure trove of talent, including Fiennes, Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbeldore), Jason Isaacs (Lucus Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall). It`s an embarrassment of riches, an all-star cast which delivers wonderful moments in each and every scene.
Director David Yates took over the franchise with “Order of the Phoenix” and he was the perfect choice to lead the way to its conclusion as the series became darker and more serious.
There`s no doubt that “The Deathly Hallows” is full of action, but I also liked how each of the major characters gets a moment to shine. It`s a fitting end to wonderful collection of films.