Thursday, July 21, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. A

The last of the Harry Potter films is such a well-made, perfected piece of work. It's a step above the already visually gloomy and enchanting Half Blood Prince. It really is beguiling. In brief, I felt that Lord Voldermort was twice as menacing as he was in any of the other movies, partly because he was given more screen time, and also due to his impending domination of both wizards and muggles. But there's an odd paradox at work because while Voldemort's army is growing stronger, he himself is growing weaker as Harry and his friends destroy each horcrux. Still, he's terrifying until the end and suddenly in position to join the ranks of the greatest movie villains. What I also loved about the movie was Alexandre Desplat's score, which managed, with its low-key, melancholy notes, to be moving without pandering to the audience's emotions. Perhaps this is why Desplat is a great composer, and why someone like Michael Giacchino struggles at times. Desplat also does a beautiful job of quietly incorporating John Williams' original theme music into his own pieces throughout the film. It's a suitable nod to a great composer's work, and a beautiful method of evoking memories of all the Potter films, telling us through sounds that this is the last one. And I couldn't have been happier that the music selection for the film's final scene was from The Sorcerer's Stone, sort of suggesting that as different as many of the Potter movies are from one another, they're still a firm one by the end.

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