Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kickass Movie List #94: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One

I'm a pretty big fan of the Harry Potter series. It's got some classic hero's journey action going on, and each segment has a self contained story that ties quite well into the larger story arc. The first half of the movie adaptation of book seven is probably my second favorite of the movies (behind Prison of Azkaban). The mood and cinematography are great, and it does, after all, feature #94 on the list.

O, Children

Times are bad. The big bad has come into power and is relatively unstoppable, except for a series of artifacts that our intrepid pre-adult gang needs to hunt down and destroy. The problems? They don't have any idea where any of them are - well... except for the one, and they have no idea how to destroy the one which has come into possession. Also, this particular artifact has a effect on the mood not unlike a certain one ring.

Well, nothing to do but sit around and listen to the radio to hear the reports of friends and family who have gone missing and can be safely presumed dead.

How completely fucking cheerful.

Then this happens.

It turns out a little Nick Cave was exactly what the movie needed. It seems like a strange segue, and it would've been easy to make it fall into "Music Video Syndrome" but it feels perfectly in touch with the mood and look of the movie. It's a spellbinding scene - one capable of grabbing the attention of the viewer and not letting go until it's over.


  1. Touching scene.

    I've got to read these books.

  2. I fucking loved this scene. It has nothing to do with the source material and there's no dialogue, and yet it fits perfectly to the characters, it doesn't come off as sexual in any way and is immediately the most memorable scene in the film. Love it.