Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The muddier color grade can't really hold a candle to the rich, glowing depth of Delbonnel's incredible work in Half-Blood Prince, but Part 1 still has more formal discipline than almost any four-quadrant work since.

Yates struggles with propulsive impact, as always, but his direction really sings in the quieter moments. The Nick Cave number is, of course, the standout. But there are plenty of beats, shots even, that cement this as something special within the series. The central trio are swallowed by sweeping, lonely vistas. Green fields, decaying urban infrastructure, snowy forests. At its best, it's haunting. These symbols of childhood adventure launched into an unforgiving unknown. Exposed, unprotected by the comforting walls of Hogwarts.

Far from flawless, but there's something special here. The last of a dead breed of family-oriented blockbuster that leans into aesthetic specificity, crafting resonating moments out of stillness and composition.

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