Without their professors watching over them, Harry, Ron and Hermione begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the source of Voldemort’s immortality. The trio must now rely on each other more than ever as dark forces threaten to tear them apart.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1Directed byDavid Yates
Feels more like 3 films stitched together than a consistent narrative, but should be applauded for introducing a more reflective tone to the series, allowing its characters to grow & develop. The political subtext & allusions to genocide (which I'm told are central in the books) are both explored here, adding a greater sense of danger & depth, although the series again mistakes visual darkness for the thematic kind.
While every film after the first was praised for being "darker than its predecessor" DHP1 takes that aesthetic to the next level. Harry's journey to destroy the Horcruxes is incredibly rich, and the three main characters all display an impressive amount of emotional depth. The ending is a downer, and I actually would have preferred a 4-hour epic over the two part finale.
I'm not sure if this movie could've been darker if it took place in a black hole. This was the Harry Potter movie I've been waiting for--dark, unsettled, scary and unforgiving. I can't wait for the last one...
The best films of the rather bland franchise by far. Splitting the finale into two parts finally allows the characters to breathe and there's finally a sense of atmosphere and mystery. Its obviously the darkest and most adult of the series but few have mentioned how wonderfully "silent" it is for the most part.
Mostly a great build-up for Part 2, especially for the book-readers. Completely Yates-esque in the way it focuses more on the drama and the characters than on the action, which also happens to be amazing and beautifully shot by Eduardo "Portugal's pride" Serra. Now stands as my second favourite of the saga, right after Azkaban.
Part 1 works as on-the-road adventure, constantly shifting positions and introducing the theme of the Deathly Hollows right off the bat. Suddenly you have the quest for the Horcruxes (I think they never say exactly how many there are) and the mystery about Deathly Hollows, something that could have been better explained, I think. But overall it successfully paves the way for the final film.