Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 uncharacteristically distances itself from the typical Hogwarts setting and follows our three heroes, Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) on an unsupervised journey to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) immortality. Even when they need each other now more then ever, dark forces challenge their relationships and threaten to tear them apart. On this journey, Harry is not only faced with death, as he is being hunted by death eaters, but also discovers the three most powerful objects in the world, the Deathly Hallows.
The film is very interesting. The story here is very intriguing and, for the most part, I was hooked. We've seen Lord Voldemort before, but never like this. Wow. Voldemort is show stopping. He's a very good, very creepy villain. I also enjoyed the main quest between our three heroes, but it does, as I said, drag. Interesting conflicts arise, such as Ron and Harry going at it, which has been done before, although here it's much better, but it's just missing something. I welcome the change of setting, very much, but I do feel a sense of wonder was lost with Hogwarts. However, the core characters keep this film on its feet, and not to sound like a broken record, but the characters in this film are such a delight. Here, we see a few new characters, which are all fun, and some returning characters, like Dobby (Toby Jones), who I was happy to see again.
A big plus is tone, something these films have pretty much all nailed. Like always, there are very funny moments, most of the funnier bits are towards the first half, but they still all worked, including a fun little joke during the middle of a fight that totally reminded me of Stan Lee's cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man. There's great heart and emotion, another aspect that these films just nail. There's a great, warm moment between Harry and Hermione where they just dance and it put the biggest smile on my face. But there are also tougher scenes, very emotional shit goes down in this movie and it's all executed very well. A certain scene made me actually scream "NO!" out loud, surely waking up everyone in my house.