CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Anno Domini 2010 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I"

Before the release of **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I,** it was announced that the six **Harry Potter** movies had already topped the six **Star Wars** flicks at the box office. Despite the film's resolution with a cliff hanger ending, this weekend's 330 million dollar gross shows the power and durability of author J.K. Rowling's vision.

Unlike the comforable routine of the previous **Harry Potter** stories, **The Deathly Hallows** opens on a somber note, Harry (Daniel Radcliff) Ron (Rubert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) have decided to drop out of senior year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to look for horcruxes. Horcruxes are vessels that contain the parts of the soul of the evil Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes), a terrorist wizard who would like to eliminate a world full of muggles, like you and me.

**Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I** features a rollercoaster plot that dips from humor to horror. While trying to track down these horcruxes, these three young heroes are under constant assault of death eaters, dementors and were wolves. Along the way, Ron, Hermione and Harry encounter friends who may have sold their souls to Lord Voldermort.

It was in the planning stage that **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I** be released in 3-D. Yet on the IMAX 6 storey screen at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery, the 3-D glasses are not needed. There are enough startling shots of Lord Voldermort's pet snake, Nagini, leaping at the big screen. Had this been filmed in 3-D, some people could have had heart attacks.

Yet for all of the creative special effects, the story of **Harry Potter** is a human story about the rights of passage. To Warner Brothers credit, the attention to J.K. Rowling's detail has made **Harry Potter* an approachable myth for modern times. For the past decade, Warner Brothers has maintained the consistency of a young ensemble cast, creating a rare raport with the ticket buyers. As Radcliffe, Watson and Grint bicker at the moment of danger, one is reminded of the familiar arguments between Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Leonard "Bones" McCoy aboard the Starship Enterprise on the **Star Trek** franchise.

With the exception of Sir Christopher Lee, the **Harry Potter** films had recruited every actor from the British Rogues Gallery of villainy. Alan Rickman projects the conflicted shades of Professor Severus Snape. As Lord Voldermort, Ralph Fiennes slithers pure evil, yet it is grotesque female actresses that the audience will love to hate.As Bellatrix Lestrange, Helena Bonham Carter is an overgrown brat in need of a good spanking, while Imelda Stautnon's Dolores Umbridge is wicked burreaucrat who needs to sit in a chair full of tacks.

As a book, **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows** presented a fine curtain call for Harry Potter and his friends. By dividing this movie in two parts, Warner Brothers has mantained the consistency of J.K. Rowling's purpose. The cliff hanger ending will give the fan base nine months to catch their breath for what promises to be a cinematic grand finale in July. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!
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