Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) review


This Harry Potter film was made under fine direction with outstanding performances, excellent execution, and an even balance, but does it have as much spice as its predecessors' had?

PLOT:Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts this year with knowledge that Voldemort and his followers are going to strike the school soon, as they've already started making disturbances in the Muggle world. Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) acknowledges this fact and hires one of the best colleagues, Horace Slugworth (Jim Broadbent), at school to take over the Potions program and watch out for these things, pushing Snape (Alan Rickman) up finally to Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Throughout all of Voldemort's evil and the new suspicion that Draco (Tom Felton) is soon to be a Death Eater, the teens still seem to find a time to work on love and relationships, especially Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Also, secrets seem to uncover that could lead to the final defeat of Voldemort. It's a great plot executed excellently.

ACTING:The performances in this film are outstanding. Every performance in this film is top-notch. There are so many good ones that I'm afraid I can't mention them all. Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson all played their stellar recurring roles as Harry, Ron, and Hermione, acting with even more human emotion than I've seen in a while. The best, shining performances in this film would be Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, Alan Rickman as Snape, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix, Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, and Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid. These few really showed a shining performance of emotion that convinced me and stood out from the rest. All the performances in this film are really excellent.

SCORE:The score in this one is very well done with touching themes and beautiful sound by Nicholas Hooper yet again.

EFFECTS:The effects in this Harry Potter film are actually even better, mainly near the end. In the ending scene, the effects are way more astounding than I expected to have seen. Overall, the effects in this one were really cool.

OTHER CONTENT:This Harry Potter film was done just really well. The direction by David Yates stood unique and visionary, the performances stood as outstanding, and even the jokes stood as fairly mature. The only "flaw" I saw in this one was that the plot wasn't as cleverly thought out as the others have been until near the very end. Most of the film is focused on relationships, Slughorn's secret, and Draco's secret until the very end with less twists as compared to a couple of previous additions to the canon. Don't get me wrong; the plot and its ending were amazing and executed brilliantly by the actors. I just thought this one to be a bit more "closed" than some of its predecessors' have been. Overall though, this is a very well made film.

OVERALL,an awesome Harry Potter film with an excellent plot, outstanding performances, touching score, cool effects, visionary direction, and fairly mature laughs, but the plot wasn't as broad as some of its predecessors' have been.

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