RETRO REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One (2010)

Poster - Warner Bros.
Poster – Warner Bros.

The following is a spoiler-filled retro review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One, Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (played by Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson) are unable to return to Hogwarts and, instead, go on the hunt for Horcruxes and ways to destroy them.

The Harry Potter film series wasn’t the first to split one film into two. It had happened before. But, as far as I am concerned, the Harry Potter film series is responsible for making it an acceptable trend for for production companies to follow when handling the future of franchises based on books.

It is one of the worst current trends in Hollywood. After Deathly Hallows – Part One was released, it didn’t take long before other major film series did it too. Twilight, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and the Divergent series of films all adopted the trend.

Now, I guess there might be some people who would say that I should review this film as one half of a full story, and I realize that that may be how some would handle this film. But I am going to review this as a full film whether you like that or not. And it, quite frankly, doesn’t work very well as a full film. It ends in the middle of the story, and that’s just really irritating.

I’m sure Deathly Hallows – Part One isn’t the worst follower of the trend, because there actually are some parts of the film that are satisfying and engaging – although few and far between.

But, as is a problem for many of these films that have been split into two, there are sequences that are very dull and uninteresting. The film does do a lot of work to help the final part of the story, but you don’t appreciate it when you watch this film.

What really does work are two emotional gut punches. Seeing Hedwig die was extremely painful, and Dobby’s end gets me almost as emotional as Sirius Black’s death, and – back when I saw him for the first time in Chamber of Secrets – I never thought Dobby could mean that much to me.

But, sadly, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One is the worst film in the series. It has engaging moments, but, for most of the film you are left with very little to be engrossed by. It spins its wheels a lot, and it is a very disappointing film.

6.5 out of 10

– Jeffrey Rex

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