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  • Nov 18, 2009
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I've read every book J.K.Rowling has penned in the Hogwarts Saga.
Initiially, upon seeing the first movie out of curiosity, and being suitably impressed, I decided to buy the books as well, to see what all the hype was about.
And I was unashamedly, unabashedly, sucked into Rowlings world.

What is remarkable with each consequent installment, is the way that Rowling's stories have grown and matured with her audience. Each one getting darker and more adult as the adventure progresses. And to her credit, she pulls it off admirably.

There is 7 novels all up, this is book  number 6, meaning that there is only one more book to be adapted to the screen. But to do the story justice, it is going to be divided into two movies. As the novel is so dense with intricate story lines and plot devices, a single movie wouldn't do it justice.

Where upon the dilemma is raised with this flick.
First and foremost, let me say this.
I loved the movie...but I must nitpick, a little.
I found a good chunk of the story, which I considered to be important, was excised from the final cut.
Now the movie runs for a solid 2 and half hours, and I realise they can't film everything, otherwise we'd be looking at a 15 hour movie. But the choices of what stays and what goes is astounding to me.

Most diehard Harry Potter films have either loved or hated the previous flicks for this reason. Characters and plots that touched them were nowhere to be seen in the celluloid counter parts. One of my dear friends refused point blank to watch anything after part 3 due to cuts she found to be atrocious.

I on the other hand, have adored every incarnation of the film series.
But, this is the first time I've come away disappointed.

And main reason being this.
The title.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Now a good portion of the  book is about Harry discovering who the Half Blood Prince is. It was as central a plot to the book as the Voldemort back story was.
And the movie touched on the Half Blood Prince plot for all of 5 minutes. In a 150 minute movie, that's hardly doing it justice.

I'm hardly a Harry Potter fanatic. This little lapse just urked me enough to darken my judgement. Apart from that, everything else up there on the screen is magic. Literally.

David Yates, who directed my all time favourite installement, The Order of the Phoenix, returns to the reigns once again for this one. And  brings with him a wonderful eye for detail and grounds the magical world in the muggle world beautifully. 
He's also handling The Deathly Hallows 1 and 2 so there will be a continuity in vision and theme for awhile yet.

The actors, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have grown in range with each passing year on the Hogwarts set. And as usual, find themselve surrounded and supported by an astonishing line up of famed English thespians such as Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter.
Each breathing life into their characters wonderfully with perfectly nuanced performances .

Storywise, this time, we concentrate on the backstory of the central villain of the piece, Voldemort. He who shall not be named, is given an interesting back story, which must be explored so as to discover how to defeat him.
Also, this is also considered the "romantic" one, as there is a fair bit of "snogging" in this one.
They've grown up. Hormones kick in.
You know the drill.

This is a much more dark and bleak tale than previous Harry Potter tales, as avid readers will know, we are getting down to the business end of the story now.
No more kiddie adventures are to be found at Hogwarts from here on out.
It gets violent, serious, scary and adult.
Just like the real world.

People start dying in this war and it brings the drama home.
There is much to be enjoyed here. I watched it on blu ray and the colours and set pieces were eye popping.
It is a great movie and it is done well.
Apart from my little nitpick, I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait for the final two episodes.

The final epic journey has only just begun.
It's time to graduate from Hogwarts.

Cheers

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November 18, 2009
Great review; I have read all the books, even Tales of Beedle Bard (I spell that right?). I loved all the books but not all the movies. And even the movies I was just OK with I thought the action was great. Half-Blood Prince the Movie would have been better if they stuck with the book at the end -- felt rushed -- and I was expecting the epic battle as depicted in the book that never happened. Still, superior film to the others in the series.
 
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy-adventure film directed by David Yates and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, and is written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman and David Barron.[5] The film stars Daniel Radcliffeas Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley andHermione Granger. The supporting cast features Michael GambonJim BroadbentAlan RickmanTom Feltonand Helena Bonham Carter.

Filming began on 24 September 2007, with the film being released in cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2009, one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release. In everywhere but the United States, the sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3-D in all countries. Due to North American theaters having a several week commitment by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,[6] the IMAX 3D release of the film occurred on 29 July, two weeks after its original release.[7]

Half-Blood Prince opened to critical acclaim along with instant commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time. In five days the film made $394 million, breaking the record for biggest five-day worldwide gross in ...

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Director: David Yates
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 15, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 153 Minutes
Studio: HeyDay, Warner Bros Pictures
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