the lowdown: In this first of a two part finale, Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decides to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord.
what's the buzz?: Many thrilling parts in this first installment, as there are quite a number of intense action sequence. They are done with well-rendered visual effects and they just blend in at a natural level without being too jarring. The action sequences are perfect, not heavy handed and done with gripping moments. The trio’s acting has vastly improved. Emma seems to be at the top of her game. Rupert is saddled with the role of comic relief but he gets the chance to shine in an array of emotional scenes. Daniel manages to carry the story well without the presence of adult actors.
what's the fuzz?: People should at least watch the first six films in order before watching this one, if they haven't read the books already.
roundup: Overall, the movie has good flow to it. The decision to split the book into two movies may be judged as financial by some, but I think it was the best verdict. We get the most accurate depiction of the book without leaving any major details out. The movie was cut off at the prefect time as well as it makes viewers yearns for more without being too rushed. I hope the last movie will continue in the same quality as this.
rating: world class chocolate