Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the young wizards of Hogwarts are back in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price, the sixth installment of the film franchise based on the wildly popular books by J.K. Rowling.
This time, we the viewers find the Harry Potter universe in its darkest place yet. Lord Voldemort and his army of Death-eaters, lead by Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter),are poised for a full takeover of everything, as magicians go missing and terrorist attacks are a daily occurrence. Hogwarts is under the threat of daily attack by the Dark Forces and their Head Master and hero Dumbledore's tactics in defending the students questioned. And if all that was not enough, all the students realize that they want to put stones to each other.
So how does the latest installment stack up to the previous films??? Let's take a look...
- This is an overall enjoyable movie, which when you consider some of the tripe we have had to endure this summer comes as a welcome shock. The film is well (enough) written, well (enough) acted, and looks very slick.
- While at times it does get a little simplistic (due to the fact that this is a film intended to be understood by children), the white hot heat of those first feelings of falling in "love" are portrayed credibly and with a humorous light to it, forming a pleasant backdrop to the ominous chain of events going on around it.
- Emma Watson.
The not so good
- Clocking in at just over two hours and a half, the film gets a little long winded and sluggish at times and could have stood to have been trimmed by about forty five minutes. Also (and ironically enough), despite it's extended playtime, the film seems to gloss over everything and at times seeds to be rushed to get everything out. Overall, poorly paced.
- If you have not bought into the Harry Potter franchise by this point in time, this may not be the film you want to jump in with. The plot of the film is totally based on events that occurred in previous films and if the viewer has limited (if any) knowledge of the previous five films they may get lost in the shuffle.
- Due to it being a film being targeted at children mainly (hence the PG rating), at times the movie gets very dumbed down, killing whatever momentum this inefficiently directed film may have managed to gather.
Reason to watch the movie:
- If you are a fan of the franchise, you have already invested twelve plus hours of your life to watching the adventures of Harry and his friends. So seeing how things are progressing to thier ultimate end (expected to be released in two parts next summer and holiday season) makes perfect sense.
Overall Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a watchable movie. Arguably the best film yet in the franchise, it manages to be entertaining for adults while keeping in mind that it is a flick intended to bring children into the theaters. 3.5 flushes for Harry Potter, a critic proof movie that you may want to check out as a matinee or with a student discount.