Expectations have been rolling high for many years for the final novel from J.K. Rowling but when it was announced that Deathly Hallows was in fact going to be split into two parts, I actually thought it was a really good idea. I suppose on the perspective of the makers of the film they will earn more money from audiences with two films made on separate occasions but on the perspective of the audience, it will increase anticipation (also due to the split when Part I ends) and will perhaps make audiences feel like it is another Toy Story 3. What I mean by this is that the end is here and it might even make audiences cry because their childhood is complete. I am one of those people who thought this with Part I and will think with Part II.
As for my thoughts on the film, I absolutely loved every single second of it and we went on a different adventure than any other Harry Potter film we have seen. It was beautifully made with amazing production, it was incredibly dark, it was really tense, it was shockingly hilarious and most importantly it stayed true to the book. So, for pretty much all of those reasons, it is my favourite Harry Potter film so far (might be replaced by Part II in July. I have read all seven books and I do think that this is the one Harry Potter film that has a lot of events going on that do follow the book whereas in the others, there were a few errors that they did miss out on. It was epic from start to finish with all the drama, great music and character development. There is only one major problem that I do have with it and that is the action scenes weren't filmed very good. The shots seemed too fast and sometimes were like flashes striking our eyes and changing again (especially the chase scene in the woods).
After Dumbledore's death and now the fact that Lord Voldemort has taken over both the Ministry and Hogwarts, Harry starts his quest to finish what Dumbledore started: find the Horcruxes (which are objects that are the secret to Voldemort's immortality). He doesn't do it alone; he has Ron and Hermione to help him. However, for them it isn't that simple to just go cross-country to search for them. They are like fugitives on the run so that makes this film like a cat-and-mouse film too. Together Harry, Ron and Hermione must stand together and destroy all of the Horcruxes to be ready for the ultimate battle and climax against the Dark Lord.
Daniel Radcliffe has grown from a cute, innocent little boy into a grown man. He hasn't been as mind-blowing as Harry as a lot of people think he should have been but I tell you one thing: he improved a lot in this one than he did in Half-Blood Prince (just like Deathly Hallows – Part I itself did). Another reason why we really know for sure Harry has turned from a boy into a man is because there isn't one single scene that features Hogwarts itself or any of the teachers (except Severus Snape) but the only taste of Hogwarts we get is one scene on the train with the Death Eaters searching for Harry. Harry hasn't got anyone to look after him anymore; he's looking after himself and he's almost looking after Ron and Hermione as well. Rupert Grint was awesome as always as Ron. The love between him and Hermione is actually really cute and so was the love between Harry and Ginny. Emma Watson was brilliant again as Hermione. She has always, in my opinion, proved herself to be the best of the three regarding acting. She was more gorgeous than I have ever seen her and can't wait for her to return in Part II. We also went on the personal side of events in this film (such as visiting Godric's Hollow where Harry's parents were murdered and are buried) and learning about the Deathly Hallows shows what Harry must do at all costs to defeat the Dark Lord.
David Yates, you really can be an amazing filmmaker. Two of my favourite Harry Potter films were directed by him (other was Order Of The Phoenix) but the worst one was directed by him also (Half-Blood Prince). One weakness he did have regarding filming in Deathly Hallows: Part I which he didn't in Order Of The Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince: action scenes were more like flashes and it sometimes caused confusion. We know we can see what you're the best at doing so let's hope that Part II will be equally as awesome (well, both parts were filmed together so I am sure it will). After reading some reviews of the film, reviewers have said "it is very rushed". I don't agree with that at all! The pacing of the film wasn't rushed and it wasn't slow either seeing as there was lots of suspense, action, romance and shockingly lots of comedy. I also liked how they involved the unique cartoons when Hermione was reading the story of the Three Brothers with the Deathly Hallows and how they earned the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak Of Invisibility (which Harry happens to own).
Overall, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I is an absolutely amazing film that is a mind-blowing beginning to the end and is easily the best Harry Potter film so far. There are lots of magic, lots of action, lots of suspense and shockingly lots of comedy so could we have asked for any more than that? I think not. The ending of Part I was so powerful! It made the audience feel teased that they'll have to wait 8 months for Part II. I cannot wait for Part II so I am counting the days for the day of its release!