Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I [2010]

Being a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I was completely overwhelmed by this film’s perfection upon watching it the first time. A second viewing, after all the anticipation and curiosity had worn off, helped me to see “Deathly Hallows” is far from perfect, and is actually just a decent movie; a nice little preview of what the final chapter might be like. The seventh entry in the boy wizard’s canon boasts riveting action sequences, outstanding visual effects and some fine work by Rupert Grint and Jason Isaacs.

The addition of an animated sequence is a welcome change of pace for what has become a very dark and somewhat formulaic franchise. On the other hand, over-the-top performances and unnecessary comedic moments sort of spoil the dramatic rhythm.