The big ending is here.  Harry and his friends finally have the big payoff.  The movie works.  The revelations are big, the events massive and the wrap ups well worth it.  If you’re a fan, you should be pretty happy.

As someone who never read the books, the previous two movies were kind of lost on me.  I felt left out of the whole thing.  But in this one, the movie makers have to not only wrap things up, but flashback to the important moments of the franchise.  Although there’s a few moments I didn’t remember, overall it made sense.

Basic plot: Harry and his friends have been on the run since the last movie.  Voldemort has returned and basically taken over England.  He just needs to kill Harry to become immortal.  Harry and his buddies have slowly been destroying the objects that make up Voldemort’s soul.

The nice part is, Voldemort is really a villain that plays things at the height of his intelligence. He doesn’t stand around explaining things while the hero whips out a gun and shoots him or get distracted and kill everyone around the hero. You get the sense if Harry gets in front of him, boom, he’s dead, through most of the film. That’s the real satisfying part of this final confrontation.

Cameos abound.  There’s a few Lord of the Rings/Star Wars moment, but you kind of expect that with something this epic.  The deaths are going to hit some viewers hard, but most of them have read the books, so they’ll see them coming.

Alan Rickman, who plays Snape, finally gets some big scenes.  He’s such a good actor and in this role, he really shines.  The Harry/Ron/Hermione triad still work very well, but Rickman really steals the show.

I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, 8 out of 10 keggers.  I would see the 3-D, but the 2-D version definitely.