And so it comes to this: one determined, no-longer-a-boy-wizard versus one living incarnation of evil, facing off in a battle to the death. Meanwhile, millions of loving fans watch on, thinking, This is the culmination of all my dreams made real, while a smaller contingent of more critical spectators settle into their theater seats praying that, after ten years of set-up and a preceding film that wasn’t much more than an overextended tease, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 just pays off for all the hours invested. Come join our special guest, Be a Better Booktalker’s Andrea Lipinski, as she joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons in a spirited discussion of the grand finale of the Harry Potter saga, and discover whether a mammoth budget, a dedicated director, and a talented cast lead to a worthy send-off.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 is a bona fide box office sensation. But is it any good, or is it just a prequel for Part 2? Is this another example of movie-going as Tribal Identifier? Is IMAX the best way to see the the latest film adaptation of J.R. Rowling, or will any old widescreen engagement do? Is Dobbie the latest incarnation of the Magic Negro? And who are all these characters, and why are they taking up screen time that could be devoted to Alan Rickman? These and other questions are answered as The Chronic Rift‘s Andrea Lipinski joins Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski for this week’s Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast. Plus, the usual round up of news, events, and home video releases.
The penultimate entry in the Harry Potter film series opens nationwide; advance screenings begin just after Thursday midnight (technically Friday morning.) The film will be available in standard engagements and in IMAX 3-D. Eying the approaching demise of their profitable franchise, Warner Brother has divided the final Harry Potter book into two films. Presumably this is the first time in cinematic history that the 7th installment in a franchise carried the designation “Part 1.” The plot: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
Director: David Yates. Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel). Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter.