Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- Movie Review
Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry…
In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.
I saw this movie on a rainy Saturday and was I surprised! The scenery were breath-taking and the scenes were awesome as expected from a Harry Potter movie. And from this sixth installment from J.K. Rowling, expect a much more darker Harry potter than before.
If you did not read this book from the original series, it also comes as a surprise that you don’t actually have to! The movie was very well-written that they only took the “important” parts of the book they deemed necessary for the plot. Since the original novel was 652 pages long, expect most of the storyline to be left out of the script. Was it worth it? Did it work? I’ll get to that later.
What I loved about this movie is that it focused more on the human side of the HP universe rather than the magical side of the franchise. There were lesser “magic lesson” scenes, no Care for Magical Creatures with Hagrid scene, and just a few new potions and spells such as the Felix Felicis potion and the dark Sectum Sempra spell. Do not despair Potterheads, Quidditch (not featured since the second film) returns! Ron tries out to be the Keeper and actually played very well during their match. I wanted to see a longer match though..
Love stories, teen drama, and comedy were also highlights in the Half-Blood Prince and it was a a nice adaptation by director David Yates. The scenes where Ron (Rupert Grint) was frequently chased by oh-so-infatuated Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave) was so hilarious! Harry‘s (Daniel Radcliffe) scene with Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) was very funny as well! Daniel Radcliffe’s acting obviously improved since The Sorceror’s Stone days and showed versatility when the scene dictated it. Luna Lovegood‘s character played by actress Evanna Lynch is my personal favorite as well. She takes Luna’s oddball character to a different level, surprisingly making her very loveable. Check out her Gryffindor costume during the Quidditch games:
Several scenes were added and removed to fit the plot made for this movie. Some scenes given screentime which was not originally highlighted in the book was the collapse of the Millenium Bridge in London (“The Other Minister” Chapter), Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Grayback‘s attack at the Burrow. Some deleted scenes, in my opinion, were vital to the movie’s plot though it was obvious that the director nor the writer did not want to emphasize the book’s finer details. It was quite obvious that the movie was trimmed to fit the running time of two hours and a half hours and some scenes suffered, trying to fit 600+ pages in less than two hours. It would’ve been much better if they made it at three hours at most to add more scenes and make the plot flow more smoothly. I bet fans wouldn’t mind that extra 30 minutes considering the book’s actual length.
Kudos to the Special FX team for making the Inferi very believable and scary as hell! The scene right before Dumbledore and Harry enters the cave when they were standing on a small island was also astounding to watch. I could the waves pounding around me while I was watching this movie. Katie Bell‘s “possession” was also one of the best scenes in the film. Though it might look simple, the sheer camera work and cinematography was simply amazing.
Over-all, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a well-rounded movie. It has drama, passion, humor, action and thrills every fan or moviegoer could ask for. Not the best HP movie yet, nor the worst in the bunch. I laughed at the right moments of the film, though sometimes, I was the only one laughing at the theater! (Inside jokes only readers get!)
Watch it! Even in IMAX if you can! I guarantee you’ll enjoy every bit of this movie even if you haven’t read the novel yet. (Living under a rock haven’t we?) Great casting, awesome effects and so much magic you’ll be wanting for more. It’s just funny that Tom Riddle from the Chamber of Secrets and this movie doesn’t look alike at all!
Tell me what you think!