Running Time: 130 minutes
Release Date: 13 July 2011
It All Ends! Yes the Harry Potter juggernaut reaches its conclusion after ten years in this ridiculously drawn-out, money-making, two part finale. However cinemagoers won’t be disappointed this time round, other than it being the last in the franchise. This is clearly better than HP 7.1 though I’m sure diehard fans will love it regardless of any review and flock to cinemas in their covens with wands in hand.
The final chapter continues where part 1 left off with Harry, Ron and Hermione searching for the remaining Horcruxes in order to end Lord Voldemort’s evil reign of terror. The story is a well told with the screenplay by Steve Cloves (in his ongoing Potter assignment) presenting a good mix of action, emotion and light hearted moments. However at times it appeared as though the audience laughed at some of the sloppy, but not meant to be comical, dialogue. However not enough to derail the Hogwart’s Express we were all on.
The effects were good as usual and the battle scenes were reminiscent of The Lord of the Ring channelling those sinister and dark tones. This is the first Potter film to be released in 3D which gives it a bit of the wow factor in the beginning before becoming superfluous to the story. It actually defies logic why they would even have bothered with 3D, being the last instalment, as overall it doesn’t really enhance the experience.
The acting is solid from the regular stable of British thespians but Alan Rickman attracts special kudos for his performance. After the Hermione driven script in part 1, HP7.2 sees Harry take back command of the trio. However luckily for Daniel Radcliffe he is surrounded by a cast of thousands as his characterisation and acting wouldn’t be strong enough to carry the entire film. The ending also stretched a bit too long and leaves the potential for more comebacks than John Farnham’s Last Tour. That aside it was still totally enjoyable with director David Yates providing an entertaining action packed ride following from his efforts in Part 1, Half Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix.