The latest film in the cult saga returns this evening on TF1.
The chain ends its cycle Harry potter tonight from 9 p.m. Here is the review published in First in July 2011, when it went to the movies.
Bye bye Harry. The last lapHarry potter is a film that succeeds in mixing the spectacular and the intimate. A very nice ending!
Here we are ! At last! The episode that all fans are waiting for. THE film that closes one of the most important sagas in cinema (by its duration, its box office, its impact in pop culture …). After 10 years, 8 films, 4 directors and more than $ 6 billion in revenue, everything ends! In 2:10. And? It's impressive.
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For those who did not follow, it will be recalled that, in this last episode, Harry must find the last 4 Horcruxes (objects where are hidden parts of the soul of Voldemort) and destroy them. One of these macguffins (that’s what it is) is at Hogwarts and our hero will have to face his nemesis in the schoolyard. It will bleed ! We have known for over a year now: David Yates – the director – and David Heymann – the producer – promised spectacular, action and a good dose of darkness for this last episode. The Battle of Hogwarts had to be impressive, final, epic. She is. The effects are astounding, the decorations of a morbid beauty and the creatures (Death Eaters, Giants of stones or blood, dragons), of the most beautiful effect. The action scenes are not only spectacular, but above all perfectly legible: the bet is therefore successful for David Yates who had to finish the saga on a muscular note and put to the carpet the previous yardsticks of digital blockbuster (think Star Wars and the Battle of the Clones, The Lord of the Rings and the Battle of Isengard). But…
HP7 P2 is ultimately more than that. The penultimate episode had played the intimate card, preferring to focus on the performance of the trio and offering before the (real) end a milder climax – calm before the storm. The 7 bis had to suddenly be entirely stretched towards its outcome, favor noise, fury. Advance at all costs without ever stopping or bending before the agonies of his characters. Show no mercy ! we thought. What we did not imagine, what we could not foresee, was how well Yates would succeed in mixing the grandiose with the intimate; the epic to the emotional.
Two scenes prove this mastery: the Snape flashback, a moving parenthesis (heartbreaking, rustic, bright – strike out the unnecessary mention) at the heart of a story of absolute darkness. The sumptuous photo – warm and shimmering (yes, yes, even in 3D) – the subtlety of the construction (between dreamlike and fantasy, the viewer is drowned in the nuances of memory) as well as the performance of the incredible Alan Rickman (and if he was the best actor in the saga – or even, frankly, his secret boot?): all the power of the saga lies in this 5-minute scene, which works like an incredible emotional wrinkle.
A little further, and in the same way, when Neville Longbottom rebels against Voldemort, the face to face is of an intensity and a nobility which succeeds in saying a lot about the stakes and the characters … plans, we understand what was really at stake in the saga and what David Yates managed to accomplish like no other (with the exception of Alfonso Cuaron). Because these two scenes put the finger on what makes the success of the saga. To have been able to capture the power of the Potter universe, the violence of the stakes, while not sacrificing never the characters and their emotions! Capture the truth of childhood while setting it in an awesome heroic fantasy environment.
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Obviously, the trio ensures (especially Radcliffe which shows everything in his stomach here). But all of Ralph Fiennes at Helena Bonham-Carter Passing by Warwick Davis are great. We regret that some characters do not have the importance they have in the novel, or that certain scenes had to be sacrificed. Or even the epilogue, no more necessary (and better brought) than in the book. But as the end of the saga, and as a pure object of cinema, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stands out as a real success. Phew?
By Pierre Lunn.
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