With the big premier scheduled for tonight at midnight, the reviews for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" portend an exciting event for movie-goers. Of course, with the huge media build-up, it would be hard for HP fans to be disappointed by the last big screen installment of J.K. Rowling's series. Even those who might have scoffed at breaking the Deathly Hallows book into two parts are likely to be caught up in the LAST HARRY POTTER frenzy. Here are excerpts from reviews:
-- Tribune: Here in "Deathly Hallows — Part 2" it's virtually non-stop action, though director David Yates, who has taken good care of these final four, ever-meaner Potter adventures, does a very crafty thing, following adapter Steve Kloves' screenplay. "Deathly Hallows — Part 2" doesn't come flying out of the gate, throwing computer-generated Death Eaters at your face. ... Part 2 begins, gravely, with Radcliffe's tense encounters with John Hurt (as Ollivander, the wandmaker) and Warwick Davis (as the sphinxlike goblin Griphook, with wee pointy teeth). These are conversations, not just exposition chunks, and they instantly remind audiences that while "Deathly Hallows — Part 2" will kill off various characters, some of them in startling and violent ways, it will also require a bit of actual, old-school listening.
-- Los Angeles Times: One of the pleasures of "Hallows — Part 2" is to see how the film's production team has expanded on relatively brief passages in the book and turned them into satisfying visual splendors. One of the best comes almost at once, with Potter and friends penetrating deep below the earth on a twisting and turning journey to see what's inside the Gringotts' vault belonging to Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). Just as good is a wild and crazy magical blaze that engulfs that Room of Requirement when a Fiendfyre spell gets out of hand.
-- Roger Ebert: This movie is impressively staged, the dialogue is given proper weight and not hurried through, there are surprises which, in hindsight, seem fair enough, and "Harry Potter" now possesses an end that befits the most profitable series in movie history.
-- Washington Post: Feeling at once like an anti-climax and a spot-on send-off, the ultimate Harry Potter movie embodies all the elements that have made the franchise such a sturdy enterprise, from its cream-of-the-crop British cast to its lavish but unfussy illustration of a story that will always be captured best in readers' imaginations.