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.
(3.5) Obviously well done, but much too slowww, long, and uneventful; and too negative for what I'd want from Harry Potter, not to mention pedestrian. But from this I've learned that where movies adapted from books usually leave out too much and move way too briskly, there is a real possibility of moving too slowly as well. There's a sweet spot somewhere, and this move lingers a bit too far beyond that.
t is the beginning of the end of a satisfying high quality fantasy action with emotional drama production. A gorgeous animation sequence midway is especially memorable, but it is clear in this film that they made this film longer only so that they could split this final chapter in two and squeeze more money out of us as the pace seem to go on halt for a while.
When I look back at the HP films, from the very first to this one, the progression is obvious. There is a maturity in this 1st installment of the final film that certainly was not present in the films prior, and all of the cast was incredibly on-point. While the journey for the Horcruxes is engaging, the film does lag a bit in spots because it tends to drag out. I did like it, just wish it were about 30 min shorter.
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.
Overall, the first part of the final movie of Harry Potter saga. It's the right decision to split the movie in two parts. So we can getting along with each characters. In this Part 1 we can also see a deep exploration of each characters. This movie is a direct continuation of Half-Blood Prince. I love this movie because it's getting darker, darker and darker. We can feel sympathy to each characters. Ready for Part 2!
Cinematically, this installment is dynamite - the second act is only boring if you care for an action sequence every ten pages, which I don't. Visually striking, this may be only six-degrees-of-Hollywood-separation from Tarkovsky. Or maybe that's me imposing based on the whole, 'coming of age in the wilderness existentially struggling with hopelessness and death' thing.