This review will be kept spoiler free, though in a day or two I'm going to post some Spoilery thoughts on the flick.
The movie opens with an accelerated version of the last three or four minutes of part one (Voldemort gaining the Elder Wand.) before the camera weaves it's familair way through the Warner Brothers logo and we get our first look at Hogwarts since Half Blood Prince. Students are marched along by Death Eater teachers in silence while the new Headmaster, Snape looks on. This first scene really sets the tone for the movie. This flick is dark. From the actual look of it to the feel, it's dark, dark dark.
Harry and his crew (can two people be a crew?) decide to break into the Wizarding bank, Gringotts, convinced that a horcrux is hidden in Bellatrix Lestrange's vault there. It's a pretty exciting scene, with a couple of laughs and at least one sweet death by dragon breath. Then, in less than thirty minutes from the start of the film (I'm guessing, it certainly feels that way) were back at Hogwarts (Or rather, Hogsmede, right outside of the school.) and settling in for the duration. Theres plenty of locations to be seen, from the familiar halls, to a return visit to The Chamber of Secrets, the forbidden forest, and tons more. It's great seeing familiar faces again, many of the students weren't seen in the Part 1, and some teachers haven't been seen for even longer than that.
The action is fast and furious in this movie, and it's easily the most violent of the Potter flicks. People are burned, Avada Kedavra'd, felled from great heights, bashed by giants, and much more. As frantic (and cool) as the action is, the real stand out is the acting. I've thought the kids have all done a great job since Azkaban on, (and the first two they weren't bad, just kids.) but in installment the preformences are so raw and emotional it's easy to foget none of what's happening is real. Emma Watson gets the scene of the franchise award from me towards the end of the movie, (I'll tell you which part she really impressed me with in my spoiler talk.) and Neville really gets to shine here, character and actor wise. (Matthew Lewis is the actor, of course.)
This movie though, is really Voldemorts. Maybe I'm biased because I'm a Death Eater. (Really, I have the tattoo to prove it.) but from the moment there's a close up of Voldemorts feet covered in the blood of the people he just killed as he walks amongst their bodies ealy in the film I knew this was going to finally be the showcase for Ralph Finnes and the character he's so masterfully brought to life. I'll go into more detail in the spoiler post a few days, but just make sure you're getting the point I'm trying to make which is Voldy is awesome to the max in this one.
Snape rocks it as always, and Mcgonagall really gets some great lines and scenes as well. The movie is just perfect, and nothing that's ommited or changed from the source material bothes me. See this movie as soon as you can!
Thundermatts score- A+