One of the first things that struck me about film 7 of this series was it quietness compared to the previous movies. Its not lacking noise, don’t get me wrong, but it seems so much less…busy. For me it works wonderfully. Chase scenes with a subtle build-up are far more satisfying and visceral then full orchestral score blasting your ears. Consequently Deathly Hallows feels much more studied than any of it predecessors and an entirely different beast from “The Philosophers Stone”
As a Potter film, like the book, it is a world apart from the previous ones. Revolving around the core three characters the peripheral stars get nary a look in. It almost seems like lip service when we see Neville and, again true to the book, the death of a major character early on occurs offscreen and is almost a throwaway event. Such a change from J.K.s tears over Sirius Black.
At times my attention wandered and whether i had lost the thread or whether the story had lost me I don’t know but I had to ask my PotterPedia daughter about a few odder plot points (the broken mirror being one).
Technically the film is sumptuous with sets and locations that are truly breath-taking, the acting is excellent as all three core stars are now pros but the pacing seems odd. The film has a huge lull in the centre when our protagonists are wondering what to do. In fact during this period I was considering calling this review “The Adventures of the Hogwarts Three and Their Amazing Travelling Tent” Once past this lull however the story picks up pace tremendously leading to a natural break in the story… and lots of tears.