Watch: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes’) power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide to finish Dumbledore’s (Sir Michael Gambon’s) work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the trio and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned..
Plot: Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort’s bid for immortality. But with Harry’s beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort’s unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the world is more dangerous than ever.
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Well, the fans asked for it, and they got it
Ever since the release of the first Harry Potter movie in 2001, I’ve wondered how a TV miniseries of the books would have fared. The movies so far have had difficulties showing enough of the books’ events within a reasonable time slot to keep the story flowing. They’ve all had to omit significant plot points, which has not only disappointed the more literal-minded fans but risked the integrity of the story. This was most painfully evident in the fifth movie, “Order of the Phoenix,” which awkwardly attempted to fit the longest Potter book into just 2 hours and 15 minutes of film. The result was a movie that felt choppy and barely coherent, almost dreamlike. The two best films up to now–the third and the sixth–worked in part because they took the most risks, often departing substantially from the narrative of the books, to the consternation of many fans. I was not one of the fans complaining, because I figured that as long as it wasn’t a miniseries, the best approach was to interpret the story rather than present the events exactly as they appeared in the books.
Dividing the seventh book into two movies has given a taste of what a miniseries might have been like. “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is a more faithful adaptation than any of the previous films. This surprised me a little, because the portion of Book Seven it covers is actually longer than the entirety of some of the earlier books. (As I was rereading it a few months ago, I correctly guessed where they’d end Part 1–it’s at an important turning point in the story that occurs close to the two-thirds mark.) Most of the film’s sequences are exactly as I had envisioned them, and sometimes better than I had envisioned them. I especially liked its approach to the Riddle-Hermione scene, to the matter of protective enchantments around their camp (which is handled with a nice dose of spookiness), and to a spell that distorts a character’s face. Apart from the oversimplification of a few plot details here and there, any flaws in the story come straight from the book. The two-and-half-hour movie drags at some points, but then so did the book, particularly in the forest scenes. The plot concerns Voldemort’s takeover of the wizarding world and pursuit of Harry, who goes into hiding with Ron and Hermione but repeatedly endangers them and himself in his daunting efforts to find and destroy a set of objects that keep Voldemort immortal, aided only by a few enigmatic clues Dumbledore has left him.
It is not a very accessible film for non-fans. People who haven’t read or seen any of the previous installments will probably be lost. It never once pauses to explain the Harry Potter universe or anything about the background to these tumultuous events, not even a prologue like the one that began the third of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films. The good news is that it doesn’t condescend to the audience. The bad news is that if you don’t know or can’t remember things like what a horcrux is or what happens when you point a wand at someone and say “Obliviate,” you might have trouble following the story.
As a fan, however, I loved it. It’s just well-filmed, and I had notably fewer complaints about acting and special effects than I had for the previous movies. The CGI is relatively unobtrusive, and there aren’t too many fake-looking moments. (The house-elves look especially good this time.) Ralph Fiennes finally appears to have settled into the role of Voldemort, after having delivered somewhat phoned-in performances previously. The kids, who get to dominate more scenes than in any of the other films, when their presence was counterbalanced by a plethora of seasoned British performers who are mostly absent here, have really grown into their roles. They were well-cast from the start and always had a certain raw talent, but early in the series they possessed some of the amateur qualities common to young actors. They have become increasingly proficient as the series has progressed (which I suspect was what the studio intended when it eschewed the tradition of casting older actors in child roles). Here they display the kind of camaraderie that can only be developed gradually, after having acted together in several films, and it makes the scenes that deal with their relationship feel natural and unforced.
I actually look forward to seeing the movie again at some point, just so I can sit back and take in more of the details. I think I didn’t appreciate it enough the first time, distracted as I was by my knowledge of what happens in the book and the lack of any significant divergence in the film’s depiction. There is not a lot in this film that will surprise fans; the enjoyment comes from seeing how vividly it is all brought to life.
no longer just for kids; a dark adult-fantasy movie with a couple of lulls
As Harry and Ron and Hermoine and everyone else has grown up, so have the audiences with the Potter franchise. So it should make some sense that by the time the seventh book has come around that it’s coming down to the wire: the big showdown between Harry and the Man-We-Don’t-Speak- His-Name, oh, whatever, Voldemort. It’s usually that the mid-point movie (i.e. Empire Strikes Back) is the darkest one, but there was a quasi-dark ending to Half-Blood Prince, so it makes more sense that the filmmakers take Rowling’s Deathly Hallows and turn it into what it should be: a ripping good apocalypse yarn.
I kid a little, but it is a movie with a lot of black contours and desolation, as the trio might be walking through the British version of The Road minus some of the gray-scale photography. That, and the main ‘plot’ being that Harry has to find the horcruxes, which are items that could be used by Voldemort for very evil purposes. But then the next problem comes as how to destroy them? It’s this section of the film, after a very entertaining section where the three go in disguise as full-grown-ups (a funny and intense scene in the Ministry of Magic), that it gets into a rhythm that is not what one would expect in a big- budget holiday blockbuster. A lot of it is sitting around contemplating, waiting, trying to figure things out, and if the audience gets impatient it’s not due to the filmmaker’s making it bungled but because the characters are having trouble figuring it out too, and we feel for them.
Talking with my wife about the books in relation to the movies, I’m told that book seven is meant to be a character piece for a large part of it when they’re in the woods (indeed it’s something like a hundred pages of these woods scenes with the three, or sometimes two, of them frustrated in figuring out the symbols and suspense of running from the gestapo- like figures of the Dark Lord). But is Rowling as good at characters as she is at clever plots and intricate details of magic? Yes and no. Yes in that she makes good characters that we want to be around (for the most part, sometimes Ron gets on ones nerves), and no in that they are at best two dimensional figures, even with Harry, and there’s only so much character to explore. But there are instances where one can excuse the tedium of some of these woods scenes. A moment where Harry and Hermoine have a levity pause and dance to music could be seen as extraneousness, but when it has the music of Nick Cave signing sad blues, why carp?
David Yates’ direction has found after a few of these movies- Order of the Phoenix still the best of his efforts but not far ahead of this one- and he has a classical style as far as big-budget high-action-adventure movies go in Hollywood. He can let an actor’s rhythm speak for itself, and he has a really wonderful scene for a whole mess of top-tier British talent (i.e. Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter et all) in the opening scene at Voldermort’s castle. When it’s exciting such as a fast-paced chase in the sky, it’s exciting, and when it needs to slow down there’s still attention to be paid to what’s going down. Only a few points that a non-book reader such as myself such as a wedding scene for a minor character from movies past and a few points of reference for a couple of items or characters get lost on me.
This is the kind of production that has great attributes and only a couple of damning liabilities, though the former outweighs the latter. There’s a sequence where the story of the Deathly Hallows- how the three men who made deals with death for items and things- is told with a unique animation style that has silhouettes and figures that look like a Tim Burton special. It’s one of the most breathtaking passages in any Potter movie, sophisticated to the point of impressing any serious fan of fable-storytelling. But the downsides… well, again, some of the pacing in those woods scenes are less than great. But more than that is a kind of curious aspect to the climax, which without spoiling much involves a character who we’ve only seen in one other Potter movie (I leave this non-spoiler for those who haven’t read the books – those that do know what I mean already), and it’s a tragic fate for the character. It’s a fine moment of drama, but it lacks the punch that was likely there in the book as it’s a character who is barely in the film itself and will need some memory-digging for the character’s significance before.
But as far as movies where artistic integrity takes place over dumb-loud action and is able to weave visual fx with the practical side of sets and costumes and things with the CGI is very commendable. It’s no wonder that Guillermo del-Toro came close to directing this movie, as it appeals to a sensibility that reads the fantastical and supernatural as part of the world, even if one can’t see it quite at first. Oh, and the other downside I almost neglected… it’s the first part of a two-part finale. It’s like getting a half slice of a BIG epic movie, so it’s still big, but half-big. But as far as half-slice epics go, it’s one of the best in the franchise.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 26 min (146 min)
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director David Yates
Writer Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 15 wins & 55 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS, Dolby Surround 7.1 (D-Cinema prints), DTS (DTS: X) (Blu-ray release)
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (Amazon Release), 2.39 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 Lenses (Panavision®), Arricam ST, Cooke S4 Lenses (Panavision®), Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Film Length 3,870 m (Portugal, 35mm), 3,999 m (Germany, 35 mm), 4,037 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak), 70 mm (horizontal) (IMAX DMR blow-up) (Kodak), D-Cinema (also 3-D version)