Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
A now, much more mature Harry Potter starts his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s never an easy task for him to make it to school and this film is no exception. With the help of a good friend he makes it back and once there discovers an old book mysteriously marked “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” in the new teacher, Horace Slughorn’s class. With the help of Dumbledore, Harry begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. Meanwhile, everyone in the school appears to be hormone crazy and Harry, Hermoine, and Ron all deal with their own versions of love.
Special Effects: Eat your heart out Michael Bay. I didn’t even see the film in IMAX and the special effects were still some of the best I’ve seen. Some of the outside shots of the castle are absolutely brilliant. Spectacular no matter what screen you see it on.
The Acting: Phenomenal. I could (and might) write an entire piece just on their acting. It’s amazing to see the main trio all grow up and be able to perform so well. Although there were a few stand-out performances….
Alan Rickman: every line he says is spot on. You never know if you can trust him and his voice sends shivers down your spine.
Rupert Grint: His character had the best and most relatable story line. He’s not super smart, he’s not gifted, and he’s not the best looking guy around, BUT he’s always there when you need him and he always gives his best even when others around him are doing better. He doesn’t give up, he keeps trying.
All Grown Up: The characters, the story, the issues, everything has matured. Part of me enjoys seeing them as young adults, but part of me wishes they were still little kids running around with wands.
Honest to the Book: Even when I was hoping it wouldn’t be. Although, as always, the book has more than the movie, but that has come to be expected.
Over/Under Explaining: There are a few scenes that are repetitive and other scenes which feel completely under explained. I didn’t need the plot points explained to me over and over again, we all know Tom Riddle is evil, I needed to know why certain things were happening for no apparent reason.
Half-Blood: I get what it means, but can someone explain why the hell that matters so much?
Ginny: Bonnie Wright may be a great actress but I have yet to see them give her a chance to prove it. She plays a pivotal role in this film and yet has no arch. She had very few lines and I never truly saw what was so desirable about her.
Stand Alone: This film doesn’t stand alone as much as some of the other ones. One film always leads to another, but this film left me a touch unfulfilled.
The reason I enjoyed this film is that I love the characters, but it did feel a touch lack-luster. Although we have seen tragedy in the Potter films before, this film has a much more serious tone, which was balanced out with some cheesy and not always perfect moments. That being said, for all it’s fault, it’s still one of the best films to see this summer and I enjoyed every minute of it
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HARRY POTTER WE LOVED
A very slow film from the start, it seemed that all the action was left to the last 10 minutes , if you would call it (Action).
If your buying this dvd ,thinking its going to be like all the rest of the Harry Potter films, then don't bother!
Just buy a ticket to see the new Sherlock Holmes film instead.
With more of the plot taken up on both harry and ron's love life, which took up nearly 85% of the film, even the wife fell asleep and only woke for the last 10mins of the film.
Lets all hope that next instalment is more like the Harry Potter that we all know and love.
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More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that "He Who Must Not Be Named" has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is "the Chosen One"--the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few books—it's dark, dangerous, and scary.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It's in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies' many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort's darkest weapon--the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date.
More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow
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Good but roll on the next movie
I have watched the characters grow from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and i must say first of all that their acting skills have vast improved and their looks fit the part better. Gone are the baby faced kids that looked like they didn't know what they were doing and confused by the storyline and the professional acting young adults have arrived.
I admit i have not read the books so i am not sure if the movie follows the book but i believe the story has had a good flow.
I am glad that the whole series has not been stereotypical as in the students at the train station, get on the train, travel to Hogwarts and then something bad happens. In every movie the entrance is different.
I have watched this movie only once up to now and although i liked the plotline, i was slightly let down in that some scenes closed as the film was about to end, but then another scene began. I enjoyed the movie as a whole but i don't think it was as good as the previous 2 movies.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This is without doubt the worst film of the series. People who have never read the books may find something good about it, although that's doubtful, as the film just doesn't make sense. People who have read the books, and are slightly obsessive about Harry Potter (such as myself)will consider it an utter travesty. The Horcruxes weren't explained, Dumbledore's death was a complete sham, and far too much attention was paid to Horace Slughorn (performed fabulously by Jim Broadbent, but still........)
The entire film seemed to have been shot in sepia tones, which just made it all the more dismal, and some of the acting was atrocious.
After watching HBP, I immediately put on Philosopher's Stone, and managed to deride some comfort from it. I genuinely thought the director and the producers had changed since OOTP, but they remain the same.......goodness knows what they were thinking.
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