Tomato Monster Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 96%
RT Top Critics Grade: 100%
Metacritic Score: 87
TomatoMonster Grade: A-
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The Tomato Monster

There were high expectations for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, and the grand finale managed to exceed them.  David Yates and Steve Kloves managed to put together a conclusion that was a perfect blend of action married with emotion, which equated in seemingly perfect pacing. While I was skeptical of splitting Rowling’s final book into two installments, my skepticism has now been rendered void.  ‘Part 2’ gave the highest grossing movie saga in history the exciting and riveting conclusion that it deserved.

Daniel Racliffe and Alan Rickman (Snape) easily turned in their most impressive and emotionally stretching performances of the series, and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) easily cemented himself as truly one of the greatest villains in movie history with his performance.  ‘Part 2’ was so good, that even someone who knew nothing about the story would be able to walk away and say “That was good.”

Plain and simple, this film was really good, and will leave an imprint in the minds of viewers for years to come.  After viewer watches the final epilogue, they are moved to go back to the beginning and watch it all over again, which is what any good conclusion should do.

Is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ one of the best movies I have ever seen?  Probably not.  Do I think that the movie was near perfection within its genre and in completing what it set out to do?  Absolutely.
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Messages/Themes

  • Ultimately in the end, the Harry Potter story is one of self-sacrifice, displaying the truest form of love…the willingness to lay down your life for the people you love.
  • In order to truly find victory, you must be able to face your deepest and darkest thoughts and fears.
  • True friendship only grows stronger when it perseveres through trials.
  • Maternal love is stronger than obsessive love.

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Directed by: David Yates has directed the final 4 installments of the Harry Potter saga, but ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is definitely his most highly acclaimed work-to-date.  The average grade of the four Harry Potter installments that Yates directed is a 84.3%.  Yates was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work in the HBO series ‘The Girl in the Cafe” (2005).

Written by: Steve Cloves has been the Screenwriter of every Harry Potter film except ‘The Order of the Phoenix.’  Kloves’ career has been nearly flawless up until this point.  He has never written a movie that has ever received a failing grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (11 movies), and his average score is a 82.5%.  Kloves has been nominated for an Oscar and a Writers Guild Award for his writing in ‘Wonder Boys’ and he also received a WGA nomination for his work in ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’.  Most recently Kloves helped write the screenplay for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ which will be released next year.
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Trivia

*****SPOILER ALERT*****

  • Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book’s publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape’s protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because “he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who’s living proof of Lily’s preference for another man, came from.”
  • The script was originally written, like the book, to include Draco Malfoy’s bully friends, Crabbe and Goyle. As in the book, Crabbe was to be killed in a climactic battle. Jamie Waylett‘s arrest and conviction on drug charges, however, forced the filmmakers to change this plan. Crabbe was written out of the script, with Goyle being killed in his place.
  • Both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stated in several separate interviews, that filming their much awaited on-screen kiss was an “absolutely horrible” experience, due to Emma’s admission of Rupert being “like a brother.” It took only six takes to complete; whereas the kiss between Harry & Ginny took around ten, Ron & Lavender approx. 15, and Harry & Cho took over 30 takes, by comparison.
  • The filmmakers persuaded Tom Felton to convince his girlfriend, Jade Olivia, to play Draco Malfoy’s wife, Astoria Greengrass, in the film’s  epilogue.
    (Via IMDB)
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