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December 5, 2010

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”

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Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today’s Mystical Musings To Mull Over:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

As Christmas fast approaches, everybody’s scrambling to fill up their cups
with good cheer (and their car trunks with presents).  In the midst of this
hustle and bustle, you may be finding yourself in need of a break.  Where
can we go to escape all the happiness that’s being forced upon us !?

For violence, gore, gloom and sexual overtones, you need not look much
further than “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.  Arguably, there are
several other somber cinematic options at the moment, such as “Faster”
and “Saw 3D”…  But if you really want the taste of joy sandblasted from
your mouth, chew on this “Potter” installment.

Director Rob Zombie really gives us a grisly treat as he puts the screws
to the once adorable “Hogwarts” gang !  He…  Whoops…  I meant to say
director David Yates !  What on Earth made me think of Mr. Zombie ?

If you ask me, David Yates has become the new king of carnage.  There
are many stellar examples in this thrilling review, so please read at your
own risk.  Heck, watch the film at your own risk for that matter !!!  Now,
I am not sure if a character named “Charity Burbage” getting swallowed
by a snake (after being tortured) qualifies as carnage, but it’s close !

Our story begins at a press conference (of sorts) where the “Minister of
Magic” is basically telling everyone they are screwed !  A moment later
we see an old, withered man staring out a window…  The harsh ravages
of AGE have been gnawing away at his face !!!  Has “Dumbledore” risen
from the grave ?  Nope…  It’s just Daniel Radcliffe as “Harry Potter”.

I’ve Been Feeling A Little Horse Lately.

 

Harry’s family, the dreadful “Dursleys” are getting the Hell out of Dodge (so
to speak) because of the horrible, imminent danger headed towards them.
Running away from Privet Drive with their suitcases, they don’t say a word
regarding poor Potter, which is a shame because in the book they actually
show a hint of affection towards the guy.

Let’s face it, with a humble running time of only 146 minutes, how can any
resolution be squeezed in !?  Yes, they squeeze Charity into a snake, but
she was a muggle-loving fool and she deserved it !

Hermione Granger (played again for the umpteenth time by Emma Watson)
also senses impending doom…  To protect her parents, she uses a spell to
erase their memories of her.  That’s all fine and dandy I suppose, until the
rest of her family comes calling, and the neighbors start asking questions !
“But we don’t have a daughter.”  Sure.  Try telling it to the police.

Anyway, our heroes soon rendezvous with the loveable dork “Ronald Bilius
Weasley” AKA “Ron” (played by Rupert Grint, who is really starting to look
more like Rupert Murdoch these days).  Of course, humongous “Hagrid” is
on beard for this adventure as well.  I  mean board.  He’s on board.

In order to get Harry to a safe haven (because vile “Voldemort” is still out
hunting for his head) Hagrid must sneak him out into the night.  Tragically,
there is an ambush, and Potter’s owl “Hedwig” gets her angry inch blown
clean off.  Feathers fly as the fowl is fried !!!

Speaking of hooters, there are a couple of strange scenes presented that
are somewhat inappropriate if you ask me…  “Dolores Umbridge” would not
approve, to say the least !  It’s no secret that Harry wants to snog Ron’s
sister “Ginny”, and they make this quite clear in a rather spicy manner.

 Dirty Harry

 

A short while later, we see Harry and Hermione (in a fabricated attempt to
make Ron mad) naked and snogging like there was no tomorrow !  Most of
their naughty bits are strategically covered by a tiny puff of smoke, which
implies that “Hallows” was just a small blur away from an “R” rating !

Save it for the stables, Radcliffe !  Now, I do understand that author J. K.
Rowling wants her characters to mature and grow.  They can’t be children
forever (that goes without saying, unless we’re talkin’ about “Peter Pan”).
If he became an adult, should we watch him and “Wendy” hook up ?

Perhaps I am being too harsh.  Hermione is actually a great “kid”, yet she
has terrible fashion sense.  Wearing red to a wedding will never help any
girl’s image.  Shocking, but true !  Miss Granger pulls a fashion faux pas of
mesmerizing proportion at the nuptials of her pal by sporting a red dress…
What’s next ?  White shoes after Labor Day !?

Appalling apparel (and inappropriateness) aside, this seventh installment of
the beloved “Potter” franchise is structurally sound.  Action abounds when
Harry tries to track down various “Horcruxes”, fighting creepy “Snatchers”
and “Death Eaters” on the way !

One or two Death Eaters from the novel seem to be absent…  Rumor has it
they have become vegetarians !  At any rate, favorites such as “Severus
Snape” and “Bellatrix Lestrange” are around.  Such ghoulish monsters bring
an almost unbearable feeling of dread, and at one point Bellatrix bumps off
the hobbit who always brags about his tacky Velcro-strapped boots !

Well, deck the hallows with boughs of holly, and then check out this merry
massacre of a motion picture.  Visually stunning (despite having more tent
scenes than “Brokeback Mountain”) and fast-paced, “Potter” again proves
to be solid entertainment.  Personally, I prefer the earlier, whimsical fare…

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
puts the harm back in charm !

~

Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating: “7” out of “10”

18 Comments »

  1. I lost interest in Harry Potter a long time ago. And by the sounds of it I got out just in time before I had to put up with JK Rowling’s awkward attempts at teenage angst. *shudder*
    I’m sure it’ll break every box office record known to man though

    Comment by Katie — December 8, 2010 @ 7:02 am | Reply

  2. Hi Katie ! “Harry Potter” is starting to mirror “Twilight” in some ways… And I know how you just LOVE “Twilight” !!! LOL ! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — December 8, 2010 @ 7:05 am | Reply

  3. Just found your blog through ScarletSp1der’s. Love your fun captions in your reviews. Btw, I’d agree with your rating about this movie… the best is yet to come of the final installment.

    Comment by rtm — December 8, 2010 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks !!! I really like your movie page (and of course Sp1der’s). My all-time favorite “Potter” flick is “Prisoner of Azkaban” ! Yes, it was definitely dark, but it never got too heavy-handed. The werewolf was AWESOME !!!

    Comment by Daniel — December 9, 2010 @ 6:45 am | Reply

  5. Daniel, you keep us smiling through it all! We won’t be going to see the latest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1, but I’ll be back for more reviews on Daniel’s Critical Corner… 🙂

    Comment by David Vreeland — December 10, 2010 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  6. Yes, you have to come back and see what I have to say about “Part 2” !

    Comment by Daniel — December 10, 2010 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  7. Haha i like this post. Captions are great : D Still haven’t seen this though, I need to go as my brothers (who’s 30) beard because nobody else is going with him..

    Comment by 5plitreel — December 10, 2010 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you !!! Beards are always great for the “Harry Potter” (and “Twilight”) films… LOL !!!

    Comment by Daniel — December 11, 2010 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  9. As usual you are spot on!!! Loved your review! Thank you Daniel, I look forward to it everytime.

    Comment by Dawn — December 13, 2010 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  10. Dawn you are awesome ! Keep lovin’ the reviews and I will keep lovin’ the comments 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — December 14, 2010 @ 7:17 am | Reply

  11. hahaha..Rob Zombie!! I actually know a really good film critic that can sing a mean Rob Zombie! 🙂 Great review, as usual!!! I’m not crazy about Potter movies, but you made this one very detailed, which is your specialty!

    Comment by Gayle — December 22, 2010 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

  12. Great review. I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact the book has been split into two parts for the movie version…gives the characters time for a breather. This film is up there with the best of the series so far.

    Comment by Dan — January 2, 2011 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  13. Thanks ! There is no way they could have wedged the entire last book into one movie… It would have been a total disaster if they had !!!

    Comment by Daniel — January 4, 2011 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

    • True. It’s such a shame they didn’t use this two-film ploy with the Order of the Phoenix too.

      Comment by Dan — January 8, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  14. As much as i love the books and all the other movies i voted to wait and buy the dvd since i have a good sized tv screen I really can’t afford both and I want to finish off my dvd collection of HP…

    Comment by deslily — January 7, 2011 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  15. This will be a fine addition to your collection. 🙂 I’m sure the special features are going to be fantastic !!!

    Comment by Daniel — January 7, 2011 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  16. Hi, Daniel. 🙂 Love the site and the review. I loved Deathly Hallow, Part One (had it as number 20 on my Top 25 film list) but, of course, Harry Potter also tends to make me go all fangirl. Do have to disagree with you about Hermoine’s red dress because I wore a red dress to my sister’s wedding and…well, actually, everyone kinda get upset about it, especially since I was a bridesmaid. But anyway, great site and I look forward to reading more. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa Marie Bowman — January 7, 2011 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  17. Ha-ha !!! Thank you so much !!! More wonderful reviews (and cutting edge fashion tips) on the way… 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — January 8, 2011 @ 7:22 am | Reply


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