A different structure helped this film get its point across and showed a side to the series we have never seen. Not going to Hogwarts but constantly on the run, the structure was a refreshing change and a tension builder for the final chapter. The darkest tone yet is something that came along with the structure. Grey colour palette and brooding landscapes brought home what is happening. The charters are on their own and they don’t like it but they have to be. Cinematography of these landscapes and the set pieces of the film may be the best in the films series. It’s the first real look we get at the outside world along with our characters so seeing them in environments we find familiar really humanises the already real characters.
There is very little wrong with this film which is strange as I used to hate this entry because of its difference from all the others. Little too much shaky cam in one scene but it is a brief one. The argument can be made that nothing happens but this is a character film, not a film about wizards or magic, but a film about three friends on the run who are all pushed to their breaking point.
Deathly Hallows Part 1 – 4/5