Now showing on cable: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”

Premiering this weekend on HBO was the penultimate movie in the Harry Potter franchise, 2010’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”.

When I think of the final two “Harry Potter” movies, the analogy I can’t resist is the 1998 movie “Twins”.

In it, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito play a couple of genetically engineered twins, separated at birth. The gag is, Ahnuld was spawned from the most desirable elements of the genetic code, and DeVito was created from the residual elements.

To me, that’s how I feel about the final two “Potter” movies. The second part is a nonstop explosion of action, character reveals, battle scenes and resolutions. It’s a phenomenal movie, a genuine big ticket movie.

This one? Not so much.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I think that everyone here realizes that this is the finale chapter in a long running series and not just a stand alone movie. Thus it carries with it the burdens of expectations and anticipation, but it also benefits from pre-established characters, settings, backstory, etc. etc. The question to me going in was not so much how was this movie, but how well does this movie end the entire franchise?

The answer?

Freaking Awesomely. This movie was so explosively good that I have to retroactively increase my respect for the franchise as a whole. If I had known things were building to THIS? I’d have paid much more attention to “Harry Potter and the Stone Goblet of the Azkaban Phoenix.”

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