Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie Review: Brought to you by UltraStar Cinemas

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It all started with one book written by struggling author J.K. Rowling 14 years ago.

That book has flourished into not only a fantastic best-selling series read by millions across the globe, but has reached out to even more fans as the series progressed in to a multi-million dollar franchise.

The book series was sadly concluded in 2007 when J.K.  Rowling finished and published ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’ However, the chapter was not fully closed on the wizard world until last weekend as fans waited for hours in line for the midnight premier of the second half of the ‘Deathly Hallows’ film.

The film marked the end of the movie franchise, both a relief and pain for cast and fans alike. The quote, “It all ends here,” was definitely fitting for this film as it provides the last closure of the life and story of Harry Potter.

Throughout the film, Harry comes to terms with having to deal with love, death, and sacrifice.

It starts off in an ominous tone as Voldemort opens up Dumbledore’s tomb to steal the former headmaster’s wand, the Elder Wand. Then the narrative zooms over as Harry and his friends deal with the loss of their beloved friend Dobby. They try to plan what their next choice of action should be in destroying every last Horcrux in order to defeat Voldemort once and for all.

Their bond of friendship and love grows strong over the course of the film as they help each other and making sure they succeed in their quest. They break into Gringots bank together with the help of a greedy goblin in order to access the vault belong to Voldemort’s right hand gal, Bellatrix. There they discover the next Horocrux and break out of the bank’s cavern on the back of an escaped dragon.

They have to pick up speed in finding the others when they realize Voldemort has uncovered their plan. Voldemort shows fear as each step is taken towards his demise from each Horcrux’s destruction. Other snags come up on their plan with the disappearance of Godric’s sword, eliminating their only weapon to destroy the Horcrux, and the discovery that the next one lies at Hogwarts where Harry Potter is a wanted man by Voldemort’s allies.

The dark tones throughout the film make it far from a cheerful fantasy as the three friends fight through each obstacle that has been thrown their way. They have had to endure their struggles on their own until now. In this eighth film they find allies in the most unexpected place as they join with fellow Hogwarts students, professors, and others for their final battle against the dark allies and followers of Voldemort.

A battle in which there seems only just a bare whisper of hope in an endless war. However, hope does remain and slowly begins to flourish as each character finds their inner strengths.  The film also beautifully portrays Harry Potter’s own inner turmoil as he begins to look deep within the pasts of his former mentor, Dumbledore, and his former Professor Snape. He begins to uncover facts from their past lives and discovers that not all may be what it seems. From that discovery he makes the final decision and sacrifice that changes the course of battle.

This is a must see film for all fans of the Harry Potter film franchise. However many fans of the books may find a bit of disappointment in it as it leaves out a lot of explanation and content in order to make room for the powerful action scenes that constantly blow you away throughout the film. Leaving you literally at the edge of your seat.

Just make sure to keep up as the film constantly picks up speed from one to another, leaving your mind reeling and trying to grasp what is going on. The content leaves little to learn from but the action of the film and the graphic scenes more than make up for it.

There are also the fantastic cast performances of Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliff, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, and Alan Rickman. The best performances were by far, Alan Rickman as Snape and Daniel Radcliff as Harry Potter.

Rickman portrays the dark cryptic Snape and really gives the audience an insight of the character. He provides for the audience the constant anguish Snape endures throughout the story. The actor also shows his ability to act out all sides of Snape: as both as the cynical cool intellectual and the gentle courageous soul he reveals himself to be.

Radcliff does a wonderful job in showing Potter’s anguish over the loss of his friends and his struggles to find a way to bring an end to the fighting and destruction.

The film has broken many box office records and has sold more tickets than any other in history during its post-midnight screening.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 is fantastic.  As the story progresses, the characters’ true selves are shown as they face the ultimate point of their lives that force them to make life-changing decisions.Whether those decisions will destroy or save them, you will have to see.

It is truly a phenomenal movie as it concludes the journey of Harry Potter and all those who join him in the fight for survival.

Brought to you by UltraStar Cinemas, showing ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ in DBOX

UltraStar Cinemas’ DBox seat features were a fantastic addition to the film.  The DBox seats make the audiences feel as if they are in the middle of all the action.

As the spells of Harry Potter’s allies and their foes blast back and forth, the seats vibrate to make you feel the full power of the spells. The seats make you feel as you too are flying with the characters and are there with them in everything they do.

They are reserved in the middle of the theater room surrounded by regular seats for those who choose to watch the film in the non-DBox format. Each one has a setting for the viewer to choose their preference of the seats’ motion effects as well.

Ultra Star Cinemas is headquartered in San Diego County and operates 141 screens at 14 sites throughout Southern California and Arizona. The company was formed in 1999 by John Ellison, Jr.and Alan Grossberg with the same goal in mind – be a pioneer in the industry and consistently stay onthe forefront of technology, while providing the best movie-going experience to every guest that walksthrough the doors.

UltraStar was the first exhibitor in the world to be equipped with D-BOX Motion Seats. D-BOX Technologies uses motion integrated within theater seats to capture some of the best action scenes in all types of movies. Feeling the action immerses the guest in the movie like never before. D-BOX films opening this summer include Pirates of the Caribbean and Super 8.

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