Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Rated 4.0

Doing justice to the final magical moments of Harry Potter is a tall order, but that order was met with this film. The sense of finality is palpable in the movie’s ominous opening sequence, which is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the journey. As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) ties up loose ends before his final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), I genuinely felt that sense of urgency, which contributed hugely to this film’s success. The pacing of Part 2’s plot is so strong because this story unfolds in real time. After Harry learns that he has an hour to meet Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest to duel it out, time’s running like we’re watching an episode of TV’s 24. The special effects are breathtaking, but it was simple moments of cinematography that really got me. From eerie close-ups of Voldemort to wide shots of fantastical scenery, it just all looks so damn good. The chemistry between characters is stronger than ever, and the acting is believable, given the unbelievable circumstances they’re in. Even though it’s “the end,” the sappy moments are kept to a minimum. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13