Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-poster-1Well, what there can’t really be a whole lot to say about this film, this is Harry Potter at his best. This film was directed be relative newcomer David Yates who directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Like the last one, this film remains very dark overall and although ends rather open ended, everyone knows that it is setting up  the final two films The Deathly Hallows, scheduled for release in 2010 and 2011.

Jim Broadbent (Gangs of New York, Iris) is a very nice and fitting addition to the already well rounded cast. He brings a perfect blend of humor as well as respect to the role similar to those big names in the past like Kenneth Branagh in Chamber of Secrets and Gary Oldman in Prisoner of  Azkaban. Broadbent is an instant show stealer! Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) and the usual characters, Daniel Radcliff (Bet you didn’t think he was in anything else…look for him as a very little kid at the end of Tailor of Panama), Emma Watson and Rupert Grint do their jobs, which I am sure by now is almost secondhand.

I have heard many reviews by now, and have heard that this is the best Harry Potter yet. I find it hard to get away from still praising the first film which has the same magic as The Wizard of Oz. And when you think about it, it really is the only one that stands on it’s own and you don’t have to know the back story. Ok, I know, what fan hasn’t seen them all, and if they haven’t seen the others, there is probably no interest in this one. This is a very enjoyable film, even though very dark, still has plenty of laughs, great special effects and good performances overall.  6 down, two more to go!

1 Comment

  1. I really enjoyed this Harry Potter film as well, but I have to agree, I still like the first one best…just the wonderment of it all…a young boy just starting to discover who he is and going to Hogwart’s for the first time. The anticipation of which “house of magic” he will be placed in by the sorting hat (if that’s what it’s called). I love all the Harry Potter movies but for me, the first is always my favorite!


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