With Wit, Reviewed By Kimmo Mustonenen
With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, Harry Potter moves into the final battle.
Really the very last.
Sad people everywhere.
For Harry Potter fans, the “Harry Potter” movies are as a kind of Horcruxes – those in which the arch-enemy Voldemort small pieces swapped of his soul and has spread to delay his death (if you say “what?” read the dang books already).
In particular, since the last book appeared in 2007, the disciples of each film have a small piece of the Potter fortune invested, and a director would have to make very many mistakes to screw up the brains of the masses into a revolt which would turn into a hatred of young Harry and his movie. It is a bulletproof film yet still delivers like a train to the heart.
Especially Hermione. Cannot forget her (yowza!).
The second part of “Deathly Hallows” is a seamless continuation of the first one with Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) – with the house-elf Dobby the helpful on the beach – and seems at this beach now, very briefly, the sun (this is complicated business).
Then it is dark again, and Harry is alone again. Naturally.
Again, what could be said from the first part of “Deathly Hallows”: Yates has not illustrated the book, but a mood – a mood of farewell and goodbye.
This is not the romantic, but barren volcanic landscapes, almost surreal in its vastness and desolation, as though Harry Potter’s soul Salvador Dalí carted out and cast in stone.
One would hardly have thought it possible, but “Deathly Hallows 2” is even darker – a more solitary Harry.
The first part staged the “us-versus-the-rest-of-world” friendly celebration of Harry, Ron and Hermione; the second now the “I-need-act-alone” by Potter.
And alone acting is cool.
Daniel Radcliffe plays his last days surrounded by magnificent scenery as a harried warrior who out of sheer guilt (there had been enough to die for Harry Potter – but who wouldn’t?) accept more aid and the fight against the Dark Lord finally wants to put behind him.
Since there is no heroic martyr, Harry, as a reluctant hero rushes into battle, as if he were going through the stations of a sadistic treasure hunt, to destroy Voldemort along with his Horcruxes and find the three “Deathly Hallows”.
These tasks must be ticked off as soon as possible so that Potter, finally (whew!), has his rest.
And if it is the eternal – no matter.
Which does not mean there is no action spectacle awaiting viewers: Some people speculated on the quiet first part that the director had abolished all the effects for the final.
Yates is interested in still more for characters than for dramatic showdowns. The villains implode rather incidentally – the grandeur of Hogwarts castle turns into a refugee camp.
What an ending!
The much-criticized epilogue to make us go “19 years later” wasn’t as much suck as you would thought at first glance (again, you perplexed? Read the dang book!).
Daniel Radcliffe and one that was made earlier with the help of ‘digital 19 years later’ and now looks like Marty McFly, but not so much older than 17.
No, we do not want to keep Harry Potter in memory. No, we want a Harry Potter heart.
At least there will be no more “is your Potter Hairy?” jokes. And God is thanked for that!
Two vigorously wagging thumbs.
This the end that really ends things. Take that “Lost”.
Kimmo Mustonenen (Kimmo On Kino) – Behind The Proscenium