Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010)
Aka: Harry Potter 7
- Release Date:
Nov 19, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I movie review: The wizarding world has plunged into chaos. The evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his supporters are in control, and they’re desperately seeking to destroy teen hero Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), publicly branding him “Undesirable No. 1.” Harry’s friends are doing all they can to keep him safe, while his closest pals—Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)—join him on a journey to find the remaining magical Horcruxes that protect Voldemort’s dark soul.The buzz: The first of a supersized two-part adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final Potter novel. Director David Yates returns after successfully guiding the last two Potter adventures—“Order of the Phoenix” and “Half-Blood Prince” and the recurring cast welcomes a few new faces including Bill Nighy as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour and Rhys Ifans as Luna Lovegood’s equally spacey dad, Xenophilius.The verdict: “Deathly Hallows” announces its intentions immediately with Nighy’s opening line, “These are dark times, there is no denying.” Indeed, the Potter series’ steady descent into a grim and almost hopeless nightmare world for its young heroes is complete. But rather than rush through the final moments, Yates steps back and allows the audience to linger with beloved characters just a bit longer, appreciate the richly textured universe for all its wonders, and thrill at state of the art special effects and grand, elaborate action sequences. For those lukewarm about the series, the alternately leisurely and convoluted storyline may prove much too much. (Horcruxes, Hallows and house-elves, oh my!) But for those who have felt their emotional investment flourish over the course of six films, indulging extra attention to details is a pleasure. “Deathly Hallows” departs from traditional year at Hogwarts conventions, putting the central trio on unfamiliar and dangerous—yet often gorgeous—terrain. As breathtaking as some of the film’s scenery is, the series’ true allure remains a portrait of friendship so sincere and unwavering that it overcomes even the darkest times.Box Office: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 grossed $24 million in the United States and Canada during its midnight showing, and beat the record for the highest-grossing midnight gross of the series previously held by Half Blood Prince, which made $22.2 million. The film also had the third highest midnight gross of all time behind The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which grossed $30 million and $26.3 million respectively. However, it has the biggest gross in IMAX with $1.4 million surpassing Eclipse, which made only $1 million.
The film grossed $61.2 million on its opening day in the United States, making it the fifth biggest single day gross of all-time behind The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($68.5 million), The Dark Knight ($67.2 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($62.0 million).
Cast:Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson