Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
This is an appropriate end to the series that started 10 years ago with three preteens, specifically three 9 and 10 year old British actors, surrounded by the cream of the British thespian world. They starred in the magic world of Hogwarts with a boy wizard, who was an orphan, and discovers that he has magical powers, but there are evil forces alive. And we’ve watched these kids grow up in the last 10 years, and we’ve watched them progress from kids who are cute but not particularly good actors, to not only movie stars but really appropriate actors. And as the kids have gotten older, the message has gotten darker, and I think what comes across is not only the fabulousness of the casting directors but also how good they are at seeing beyond the baby fat to whom somebody is going to be, because these kids are really terrific. And as the kids have grown up, the plots have grown up, but this is really a testimony to the real brilliance of J.K. Rowling. I don’t want to say too much about the film because either you’re a Harry Potter fan or you’re not although it really helps to know something about Harry Potter or to have seen several of the movies, which will help you understand more. But the movie stands on its own with themes of good versus evil, friendship, growing up, how the people who come before us influence us, and the sadness and pleasure of life. I thought it was a terrific movie, and it’s very haunting. I would give it four and a half stars.