ReviewWriter: Syahida KamarudinWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince”, “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix”
Those who have read the book will find that this movie tries to be very faithful to each chapter and not leave out any part that fans might deem important. There will be the wedding, the scene at the Ministry of Magic, the conflict between the two best friends, the death of a dear little friend, and even an animation accompanying Hermione's narration of Tales of Beadle the Bard that will remind you of Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride". However, it does not show you any scene in Hogwarts (not in this part anyway) and the middle part might be a bit tedious to watch.
Those who never read the book, but followed the movie from the beginning will be entertained by it. That is if you have always enjoyed David Yates' direction and techniques. You might like it, if you prefer Alfonso Cuaron darker version of the third, but you might not, if you loved Mike Newell's compact fourth or even Chris Columbus' child-friendly take for the first two Potter movies.
Those who want to watch this without any clue about the previous Potter movies - you are in for a big "Huh?" and millions of creases on your forehead. The plot will link itself to so many different events in other movies, that without knowing the first basic thing about Harry's first snitch or his first encounter with the basilisk, you will exit the cinema with a lot of question mark, although still be entertained by the action sequences.
As "The Deathly Hallows" revolves around the adventures of the three friends outside of Hogwarts, you can expect lots of slow dreary moments and 'non-fantastical' conflicts that may make you decide for a toilet trip or two, unless Ron and Hermione's love-hate relationship is your cup of tea. However, it still does not let you down action-wise, and some even take place in the muggle world (or human world, for non-fans out there).
Kudos however for finding the right moment to end this first part of the two-part movie, for it will make audiences begging and wanting for more.Cinema Online, 15 November 2010