Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

In Movie Reviews, Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 2:43 am

The sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry kicks off with a bang for young Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) when he inadvertently discovers a mysterious book that sheds light on the sordid life of the evil Lord Voldemort. Preparing for inevitable battle, Harry and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) turn to professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) for help in pinpointing the weakness in Voldemort’s forces.

It is hard to write reviews for series films, and I say this for a couple of reason. First, we have a tendency to play the “is it as good as game”. You know the one. Is The Empire Strikes Back as good as Stars Wars? Is Rocky 4 as good as the original? Second, a lot of times you find yourself playing the “how well does it fit” game. Does the movie act as a good stepping stone for the continuation of the story? Does it gel well with what came before it?

I for one don’t like to play these games. I think each movie should stand on its own. You should be able to sit down and watch a movie and expect a clear beginning, middle and end without having to rely on previous films. This is the approach I took when sitting down to watch the latest offering in the Harry Potter series. Now, I have not read any of the books, so I am lucky enough to walk into each movie having no idea what to expect. I think this installment is the one I am most happy with not knowing what was going to happen going in.

I could not imagine trying to watch Half Blood Prince knowing all the little secrets and reveals that are throughout the movie. One of the biggest joys of this film is discovering the little bits of character growth each person has. The best example of this is character of Draco Malfoy, who takes the audience from disdain to sorrow with just one look.

One thing I was quite surprised by was the darkness of the movie. Not just from the lighting (which this film does have a very Pans Labyrinth type feel to it) but also in tone. All the characters seem to have a much harder edge. Even the “good guys” have attitude, and I really enjoyed this aspect.

4 out of 5 stars.


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