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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

  • Dec 24, 2010
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Out of all the Harry Potter films so far, this one is definitely the funniest. Not to say that it isn't dark or doesn't have any action, but there's more comedy in this than in the other films. This is also my fourth favourite film in the new wave and my fifth favourite all together. Like the other five films, this installment introduces some new characters while still keeping the old ones intact, and that's definitely one of the main things that I love about this series.

There's some stuff cut out of the movie from the book, but it isn't too significant, just some stuff with the Dursleys. Most of the stuff with Harry and Dumbledore exploring the memories is kind of condensed too, but I think that's just to stay within time constraints. Not all the scenes are exactly word-for-word, but the story pretty much maintains the narrative of the book. I also liked how they injected a bit of humour and romance into the story without it being an outright comedy or romance. As the books get darker and darker, I guess David Yates decided to add a little light by throwing in some jokes about the awkwardness of teenagerdom.

The performances are top-notch as usual, and it shows them going through the motions of teenagerness. Plus, the movie also starts showing Ron and Hermione's growing feelings towards one another, as well as Harry and Ginny's mutual growing feelings, leading to that awkward, blink-and-you-missed-it kiss in the Room of Requirement around the middle of the movie. The three lead actors are finally secure in their roles, it's just a shame that they've finally perfected the roles just as the franchise is winding down. They are all great actors, and I hope all three of them continue their careers now that the last film is over.

The visuals and special effects were fantastic, and I liked how the film appeared to have a more muted colour scheme, almost sepia, than the other films. That really shows the growing dark nature of the source material and segways perfectly into the heavily-shadowed Deathly Hallows. Nothing much else to say, but great effects for a great movie.

I feel it necessary to express my gratitude for the fact that Malfoy is so downplayed. If J.K. Rowling wrote him as a bigger villain, than the books would have turned much more melodramatic and would not have been better for it. Luckily, Draco is not, and he often plays second/third string to Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Malfoy is slightly more sympathetic in this movie. Not outright likeable, but we see his struggle with the task Voldemort leaves him and his wondering whether or not he can do it. Needless to say, Draco is far more developed when he joins the death eaters, and goes from petty thug to craven coward.

Don't see this movie if you haven't read the first five books and/or seen the first five movies because it will make no sense otherwise. Fans will like how faithful it is to the book, and die hard fans will be more than pleased. If you're a newcomer to the franchise, read what I said at the beginning of the paragraph. The prelude to what's the darkest film in the new wave and the most light-hearted film in the new wave, The Half-Blood Prince is a worthwhile endeavour in the franchise and is my fifth favourite.

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December 30, 2010
Like I said, love Helena Bonham Carter in these.
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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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