Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince(2009)
The sixth of the series, The Half Blood Prince fittingly revisits Harry Potter in his sixth year at Hogwarts. He discovers an old book of potions at the academy library that used to belong to the half-blood prince, teaching him new spells both useful and dangerous. At the same time he starts private tuition with Professor Dumbledore, learning the secrets of Voldemort's past in an effort to find a method through which to defeat him. He also finds himself stuck in the middle of Ron and Hermione's deteriorating friendship when Ron starts dating Gryffindor student Lavender, whose precocious attitude isn't everyone's cup of tea. A busy boy is our Harry.
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The magic has dimmed in Harry Potter’s latest adventure. Gone are many fantastical elements (dragons, house elves, shifting staircases) of previous instalments. The resulting film is more mature, more thoughtful, more brooding, but also more dull.
To be fair, director David Yates (following on from great work on Order of the Phoenix) does an admirable job of transforming one of the less memorable books of the series into a cinematic experience. With cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie), he makes Half-Blood Prince look beautiful. You could take any frame from the film and hang it on the wall.
But a film comprised of conversations in corridors is hardly going to get the pulse racing and at two and a half hours the relative lack of action starts to show. Even the tentative teen romance, a novelty for the series, starts to get tiring after a while. Highlights that make a trip to Hogwarts worthwhile this time round are the terrific performances from Jim Broadbent as professor Slughorn, Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Alan Rickman taking centre stage as Snape.
As the finish line comes into sight, the picture begins to get interesting with a skirmish on a zombie-infested lake and a surprisingly affecting climax. Half-Blood Prince is a well-crafted adaptation with stunning visual effects but it’s ultimately just padding to build up the tension for Potter’s grand finale.
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What a disappointment! I love the Harry Potter books, and the first few movies stuck reasonably close to the plot - but this bore no resemblance to the book. I think the writers used the names, threw the book away and made up their own story!! which is sheer arrogance when you consider how well-written and gripping the books were.. The Deathly Hallows had better be faithful to the book!!!!
this movie was a waste of time compleatly i mean it was so long and it didnt follow the book at all. the book was AMAZING! and i expected the movie to be better. nothing that happened in the move happened in the book like when the weasly house burnt down? like really? and another thing is the movie didnt flow very well it was like this happened then this happened and nothing connected the two.
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