Movie Synopsis: At Hogwarts for his sixth year, Harry is now meeting with Professor Dumbledore on a more regular basis, for one-on-one training, to learn more about Voldemort, how and why he rose to power, and more importantly what can be done to stop him. Dumbledore has brought Harry into his confidences, and wants to work with him to prepare him for the war that is sure to come, and has already started in some respects. Harry, Hermione, and Ron, along with friends like Ginny, Neville, and Luna also plan for the future and what the war will mean to them on a personal level. And as the suspense and seriousness of the current situation with Voldemort and his followers increases, it becomes clear that who can be trusted will play an important part on surviving and prevailing.
Movie Review: This sixth movie in the Harry Potter saga brings the cast and Director David Yates back together for a continuing advancement of the story, which is now reaching a climax on many levels. The level of interplay and romance between the characters is more pronounced and overt, while the action and suspense intensifies as all-out battle with Voldemort and his supporters is beginning. The plot also develops a “fantasy quest” feeling with Dumbledore and Harry meeting to discuss the method that must be followed to defeat Voldemort once and for all. The sixth novel is in many ways “setting up” for the final novel and starting to get ready for us to understand the many hanging plot and story threads that have been gathered over previous books. However, in many ways Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves have for this movie focused on the major plot and character development points that matter most, and this makes sense given they only have so much time for a lot of written information. The result is they have chosen some of the strongest material from the book, and have brought it to the screen in an exceptional way. There is a bit of a time emphasis on the romantic and humourous elements of the story, such as time spent on the love potions and Ron’s reaction to one. This in some ways means not enough time for the other interesting and complex character developments found in the book, such as the scenes with Malfoy and Snape. But looking at the acting overall, it truly is marvelous, with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint really coming into their own with a strong understanding of their three characters. The ensemble adult cast also does a fantastic job, as usual. In particular, the dramatic and intense scenes throughout between Michael Gambon and Radlciffe as Dumbledore and Potter are perfect, and the final scenes of the film are a great success and bring wonderful emotion to the screen. Overall, this is a great movie that really gives that “quest” feeling, and leaves the viewers longing for the next one in the series.
Overall Review: 4.5 stars out of 5