Review of ‘David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived’: Harry Potter’s Stunt Wizard | ET REALITY


Viewers of the eight Harry Potter films may never have considered the bonds formed over the decade required to make them. “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” It revolves around the friendship between Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry, and Holmes, who was his double for most of those years.

Radcliffe, an only child, describes seeing Holmes as a cool older brother figure. “He did so many things for me it was crazy,” Radcliffe says. The documentary shows a side-by-side comparison to illustrate how Holmes would film an action sequence and Radcliffe would copy his moves. “I probably have more airline miles than any other human being on the planet,” Holmes jokes.

In 2009, Holmes was seriously injured in a rehearsal for a “Harry Potter” stunt; The accident ultimately left him partially paralyzed. “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” puts his life and his philosophy of life at the center. He has remained optimistic over the years, despite multiple setbacks and surgeries. The film also depicts his ongoing relationship with Radcliffe and other members of the franchise’s stunt team, who reunite in the documentary as lifelong schoolmates. (Radcliffe says the “Potter” students he was closest with were not his fellow stars but members of the team.)

The documentary, directed by Dan Hartley, is not all optimism. “In the nicest way, I’m going to say that I wish I’d never met him,” says Greg Powell, the series’ stunt coordinator, of the guilt he still feels about what happened to Holmes, even though they’ve both expressed having felt like father and son during the films. “The Boy Who Lived” offers a rare behind-the-scenes portrait of how life continues after the movies are made.

David Holmes: the boy who lived
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