NOWHERE IS SAFE.
The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the final showdown between the boy wizard and the dark lord. Compared with what’s come before, this long, lumbering and sad film is largely a disappointment. Still, the “tale of the three brothers” segment is beautifully animated.
2010-U.S.-Britain. 146 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Yates. Novel: J.K. Rowling. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis… Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall.
Trivia: Originally to be released in 3D. Followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011).