Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be in theaters on July 15, 2011 and to help you in deciding just how good this final instalment is we have a pile of early reviews for you to look at.
Clearly as with any fan driven film reviews for the final instalment of the Harry Potter movie franchise will not stop fans from seeing and likely loving the film. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows is so popular its selling out like mad in theatres. Fandango is reporting that it has already sold out more than 2,000 “Part II” showtimes across the country, from Anchorage, Alaska to Sunrise, Florida, in advance of the film’s release. The final “Harry Potter” adventure is currently:
- The most anticipated film of 2011 (according to Fandango’s December 2010 moviegoer survey);
- Fandango’s fastest-selling title of the year so far;
- Representing 71% of daily total ticket sales on Fandango (followed by “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, accounting for 14% of daily sales);
- Outpacing each previous “Potter” film in ticket sales on Fandango at the same point in each film’s sales cycle;
- Selling twice as many tickets as “Half-Blood Prince” sold at the same point in that film’s sales cycle.
As much as fans of Harry Potter can likely care less for critical reviews of their favourite film franchise here are a few snippets from the various trade papers that should make you all feel pretty good about the final instalment which is getting for the most part positives marks from critics;
Variety writes; In keeping with its predecessors, “Part 2” delivers below-the-line work of an immaculate standard. The visual effects are so deftly and artfully handled that the magic seems almost commonplace, and Alexandre Desplat’s fine score incorporates a gratifying blast of John Williams’ familiar themes and, most poignantly, a mournful Nicholas Hooper composition from the sixth pic. D.p. Eduardo Serra’s brooding, beautiful work gains little, however, from the underwhelming stereoscopic conversion; this is the first Potter film to be released entirely in 3D as well as 2D, and on this count, at least, one can be grateful that it will be the last.
The Hollywood Reporter: It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory — and quite satisfying — conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling’s final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now. If ever there was a sure thing commercially, this stout farewell is it.
The Wrap writes; With the million awful, tacky, shrill, stupid, condescending, tasteless, “Eragon”-y things that could have gone wrong over the 10 years and eight movies that brought J.K. Rowling’s mega-popular Harry Potter series to the big screen, it’s practically a statistical anomaly that the final entry, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” brings its A-game from start to finish. It’s something akin to finding a herd of eight adorable, cotton-candy-pooping unicorns.