Friday, July 17, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince [2009][movie theatre] (movie review)

Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses, critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office, and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again. [official website]
This movie is most definatly one for the fans of Harry Potter (more specifically the ones who have read the books) because there are many moments that non-readers will be confused on. Several of the actors did a superb job with playing their characters while others just didn't cut it. I have to point out Tom Felton's portrayal of Draco Malfoy in this film because in past films I found his acting to be too over the top while in this one he played the distressed 'chossen one' that the character in the book version was suppose to be. What I am saying is that Mr. Felton has finally become the Draco I've read about.Daniel Radcliff continues to be a very annoing Harry, but he did hit the mark when having to force Dumbledor to drink.... oh crap. That would be a spoiler, so you'll just have to go see the movie to know what Akia is talking about :]~Film~
This film in the Harry Potter series has the same feel as the previous one. If you're looking for the magical feel the first few films had, well, you will be dissapointed. This film is much darker than others, but it is also a little too light hearted. I bet this is the reason HP 6 got it's PG rating when, if the book was followed, the movie should have at least been rated PG-13.