Saturday, August 01, 2020

Falling from on high in "Harry Potter" and "The Old Guard"

During the climactic duel in David Yates's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2", Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) pulls Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from a high tower into a free fall. Similarly, in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "The Old Guard", when Merrick (Harry Melling) shoots Nile (Kiki Layne) as she tries to protect Andy (Charlize Theron), Nile tackles him, and they fall out a high window together. But unlike Merrick, the immortal Nile will recover from her bullet wounds and impact injuries. While Nile isn't sacrificing herself to kill Merrick, Harry accepts that possibility: he could be committing suicide in order to kill Voldemort (whose failed attempts to become immortal drive the story). (Andrew Shields, #111words, 1 August)

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