Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, others.
Release date: July 14, 2011 (UAE)

A decade long series comes to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a grand finale of emotions and explosions as the real and reel worlds witness the final face-off between arch-enemies Harry Potter and Voldemort. As Deathly Hallows: Part 1 suggested, director David Yates pulls out all the stops, giving the audience everything they had hoped for from this franchise climax, and even making up for much that many of the previous movies lacked. Amidst the magnitude of the setting and the action that takes place, Yates never loses focus of the emotional core of the plot, doing justice to the many characters that populate its wizarding world.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Game of Thrones (2011)

Medieval-fantasy has a flag-bearer in television with Game Of Thrones, an excellent first season of what is likely to be a recurring series (other seasons are yet to air and are currently under development). Based on the first book of George R R Martin's Song of Fire & Ice series (4 of the planeed 7 books have been published so far), this is epic story-telling of the highest quality. Much of the credit goes to the author for the rich prose the series is derived from, but equal credit must be given to the show's creators in adapting the book. The performances (down to and especially of the child actors), production value (costumes, locations, sets, effects) and the technical aspects (directing, editing, score) are top-notch.