At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, croaks, "These are dark times, there is no denying it. Our world has never faced a greater threat."
Yikes. Talk about setting the tone. Right off the bat, it's clear this movie isn't going to be filled with giggles.
No fun Quidditch games, no sneaky magical pranks pulled in the Hogwarts halls -- those days are long gone. Goodbye youth, we gotta wear our big-kid pants now and fight dark wizards.
The movie begins at Privet Drive, when Harry is being escorted, for the last time, from his Muggle home. It doesn't bother giving the viewer the background info, so if you know nothing about this franchise, for the love of chocolate frogs, definitely don't begin with this movie.
The scenes following are pretty loyal to the book, leaving out only bits and pieces for the sake of saving time. About 45 minutes and a couple of character deaths later, the trio begin their journey to track down and destroy the Horcruxes, in hopes of defeating Lord Voldemort.
It's a little slow on the action scenes, but for those that have read the book, you will recognize that, during this part of their journey, it's more about putting the puzzle pieces together (damn you Dumbledore and your cryptic clues!), the day-to-day struggle to simply survive, and the toll that it takes on their friendships. Ron goes into full whiny "I'm always second best" mode, and the sexual tension between him and Hermione is about as thick as Polyjuice Potion (not to mention there's a partial nude scene between Harry and Hermione -- ooo, scandalous!).
Director David Yates did an amazing job at setting us up because, come next July, all hell will break loose in the final film.
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