"Nowhere is safe!"
After discovering the secret to Voldemort's power, Harry, Ron, and Hermione must now go on the hunt to find and destroy the 7 Horcruxes, before Voldemort gets his hands on the mysterious and powerful Deathly Hallows.
Once again, at the helm of directing this movie is Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince director, David Yates. What makes Part 1 so unique from all the other Potter films is that the entire movie does not take place at Hogwarts throughout the film. Instead, we have taken these memorable characters and put them in the real world. Together they must go on the run and discover new challenges along the way. And David Yates does a perfect job at doing just that.
When I heard about the seventh book being split into two separate parts I wasn't sure just how that would turn out. Since the first half of the book was the three of them on the run and in the forest arguing with each other, I thought it might have been a huge let down. Well, turns out, this is Harry Potter, and you're never let down by such awe-inspiring films like these that only come once every generation.
The main thing about Part 1 is it's more story focused. That is what makes this a brilliant film. The strong emotion and the powerful acting is all presented to us right in front of our very eyes. Seeing this in theaters, I felt a bit of nostalgia watching Harry explore his cupboard under the stairs, you can't help but feel that the end is near.
I think it was an excellent choice to have Deathly Hallows split up, because Part 1 is the most faithful to half the book, and it's not plain vanilla tasting like the first two movies, it actually feels wonderful. The opening meeting between Voldemort and his Death Eaters, to the amazing animated story of The Three Brothers told by Emma Watson as Hermione.
Ralph Fiennes once again shows up as the evil and creepy villain, Lord Voldemort. He shows us that this is Voldemort's movie as Ralph Fiennes gets a large amount of screen time for once. I can't help but think that Ralph Fiennes is such a cool guy that he loves his job playing the bad guy! I would to if I didn't have to worry about someone stealing my nose since he doesn't have one! About that, seeing Ralph Fiennes without his makeup on as Voldemort is even weirder looking since I'm so used to him being bald pasty white noseless villain. Alan Rickman makes a short but brief cameo appearance as the double crossed wizard spy, Severus Snape. But don't worry, Alan Rickman really shines out them all in Part 2!
As the film nears to it's stunning cliff-hanger ending, which basically sets up for Part 2, the audiences builds up more anticipation to what will become the greatest finale of all time as this franchise nears to a close....