Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Posted in Cinema, DVD, English, Reviews by Suganth on November 17, 2011

J K Rowling’s tomes could not have got a better send off and major credit for this should go to the films’ dedicated cast and crew

A lot could have gone wrong with this final installment of the epic Harry Potter franchise but director David Yates, much like Peter Jackson (who provided a fitting finale for The Lord Of The Rings), pulls off the almost improbable and comes with a film that is both rousing and moving. This, despite the fact that the film is essentially a feature-length climax to the decade’s most cherished pop cultural phenomenon. What is striking is the tone that Yates opts for. Despite being a blockbuster, the film is often somber and the mood, even after the victory of good over evil, is strangely muted. Eduardo Serra paints the frames in gray and his frames often suggest a European sensibility while Stuart Craig’s production design perfectly captures the desolation of a battle-scarred Hogwarts. Plus, composer Alexandre Desplat provides a part-solemn and part-stirring musical score that is so attuned to the film’s visual tone — a stark contrast to John William’s jaunty (at times, overtly so) score for the earlier films. Importantly, the cast — from the grandstanding thespians to the now matured younger members — come up with pitch-perfect performances that suit the occasion and also get you a bit nostalgic. J K Rowling’s tomes could not have got a better send off. The second DVD that runs for over two hours is quite packed with Special Features, the standout being the 50-minute documentary, When Harry Left Hogwarts, by BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews, which clearly captures the everydayness of the shoot (especially for the veterans and the crew) and also the real-life impact the movies have had on the younger actors. While the ‘Deleted Scenes’ don’t add much to the film, the featurettes ‘The Women Of Harry Potter’ and ‘The Goblins Of Gringotts’ are quite functional. Despite the clunky titling, the short segments in the ‘Focus Points’ give an idea of the though process that went into the filmmaking. The only feature that is missing is a director’s commentary, which would have made it a perfect home video release.

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