There is not much for me to say about this latest escapade from the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The reason is simple: this is a film with no beginning and no end. The reason for that is simple, too: the lack of a beginning is to do with this being the 7th episode in the film series, and the lack of an ending is to do with this being the story of the first half of the 8th Harry Potter book.
The question to ask, therefore, is simple: should the seventh Harry Potter film been made the way it was? Money wise I am sure the studio is laughing all the way to the bank, but artistically speaking this seventh episode has to be the worst film of the lot, a film that simply cannot stand by its own rights. This is not a film; this is a replication of the book's first half with hardly any attempt to translate from book language to cinema.
If you have to ask then yes, we do have a plot: Harry and his friends are on the run from the forces of evil, mainly hiding in the woods in between various escapades as they try to find and destroy the deadly artifacts containing evil Voldemort's soul. Yet even the action escapades are bad: they are so incomprehensible, with shaky camera, fast editing and the lot, that you have to rely on the characters' post event dialog to figure out what took place. Eventually, for this one is almost two and a half hours long, I was sick of asking my partner "what happened there?"
So what does Harry Potter 7 bring to the screen? Probably every British cinema actor alive today. That none of them (other than the three teen leads) gets to utter more than a sentence says it all.
Technical assessment: The dark picture on this Blu-ray overwhelmed my LCD TV so much that I cannot qualify to assess how good it is. With the sound, though, I can definitely attest to its aggressive nature and overall high quality.
Overall: I don't know if this one can be called a film in the first place, but I'll give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.