`It all ends on 15.07’ read all the posters and it does too, after much frenzy and emotional outpouring from all the fans worldwide – ‘Harry Potter’ saga comes to a spectacular end.
It is everything all the previous movies have been, enchanting, exciting, thrilling and a little bit more as 3D adds the zing of watching all the action sequences with a slightly ‘mouth agape’ reaction. The classic story of good vs. evil has never been as captivating as the ‘Boy Who Lived’ fights his evil nemesis in the grand finale, enthralling audiences spanning from toddlers to middle aged enthusiasts to wizened oldies.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is on the last leg of his journey with best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) as he sets out to accomplish the goal left to him by Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) – that is to bring about the end of evil Dark Lord, Voldermort played to sinister perfection by the rasping Ralph Fiennes. They continue on their quest, picking up from the last movie, to destroy the remaining horcruxes to bring an end to Voldemort’s immortality. Their mission begins with a tryst with a dragon and ends with a battle scene encompassing Hogwarts, the students, various members of the Order of Phoenix and just about everyone you’d wish to see.
The cast is exemplary, even for characters you barely catch glimpses of as everybody leaves a mark, perhaps because you know that it’s the last time you’d see this almost entirely British ensemble on screen together. Alan Rickman outshines himself as Professor Snape, and makes the character come alive from the pages of the book to the frames of the movie. This is as much Snape’s finale as it is Harry Potter’s, in more ways than one.
There are many hair raising, awe inspiring sequences of solidarity, as is always expected from movies of such epic proportion, the one moment when everyone comes together to fight for and with the hero. The movie, as usual deviates from the book, out of necessity and brevity as much as for the sake of dramatization. Hardcore fans might find much to criticize but the overall amazed reactions as people walk out of the theatre will leave little room for critiques.
The only disappointing part was the ending, as the epilogue left much to be desired, both in terms of credibility and believability. A 36 year old Daniel Radcliffe just didn’t cut it as didn’t the rest of the cast, who looked like they were playing house. In times of movies like ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, sure aging special effects and make-up could’ve been better.
Director David Yates promises us a roller coaster ride, and he delivers it too. The franchise has seen much by the way of cinematic styles as the directors have never been consistent and each brought his own brand of style but the audiences will savour this last instalment of ‘Harry Potter’ saga that they will have, at least for a long time to come.
Ratings: Four cheers for this one!