Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the first of two parts for the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series. David Yates returns for his third straight film as the director along with the regular cast of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. The film follows Harry, with friends Hermione and Ron as they leave Hogwarts and journey out on their own to find magical items called horcruxes in order to defeat the evil wizard Voldemort.

David Yates directed the last two films in the series, which both were very different. Order of the Phoenix is possibly the best film in the entire series while the Half-Blood Prince is just an dry, emotionless mess of a movie but, it’s almost too hard to mess this one up. Although the most noticeable thing in Yates’ directing seems to be his need to put his own spin on the film including relationships between two of the main characters and it’s not a bad thing but either change more or nothing at all, its almost becomes pointless in making a romantic scene between the two characters in this film if your going to follow the book because Yates can’t change the outcome if he wants to follow the book. Yates continues to make me curious whether or not he’s going to follow it all the way through to the end because I think Yates could really make a statement as a director changing the ending, and for fans who disagree, why do you want to know what’s going to happen next?

The acting is good as always and these films are always visually stunning, but although I hate the character Ron I think Rupert Grint may do the best job of playing his character because he’s such an annoying character in the book and he carries it over on to the big screen very well, which he seems to always take a backseat to co-stars Radcliffe and Watson. My only complaints are constant jump scares, which gets really annoying and the hint at a love interest between two characters that clearly Yates has no intention of ending up together.

The film has officially crossed over from it’s kid friendly trend as this film is very violent and even has a couple scenes which people getting killed, this is not a film for the little ones and it definitely earns it’s PG-13 rating. The film delivered but still felt almost rushed which just goes to show you how hard it is to cover a whole book for this series as the film was about 3 hours long, but still you have to see it if your a fan of the series. Pt. 2 comes out July 2011