Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Movie Review

Saturday, July 18, 2009 |
I saw Potter. *dramatic pause*

And I want to see it again- for more than one reason. First, because I thought it was good. Very good, as a matter of fact. I don't think it was my favorite of all the Potter movies, but I would (and probably will) pay another $7.50 to see it again. To begin with, the special effects, as usual, were incredible. I loved all the liberties that were taken- the burning bit of newspaper, the hourglass, etc. I think all of those touches really made the difference in creating the wizarding world.

And I loved that we finally got to see Harry caring for Hermione as a friend. I think that in the other movies (and perhaps the books,) Harry was there to support Ron more often than Hermione. It was wonderful to see those little moments.

On the downside, I disliked the scene that was added in at the Weasley's house. It didn't really seem to add a lot to the movie, besides the fact that the Burrow has now been burned down. I guess no wedding for Fleur and Bill...although that bit seems to have been cut anyway. Speaking of cutting, there were some scenes that I really wish had made it's way into the film- Dumbledore's funeral, for instance. I understand that the books and the movies are two different things, but I would have loved to see how they would have interpreted that final chapter.

My last 'thumbs-down' would have to be the casting for Professor Slughorn. Jim Broadbent just didn't seem to fit the part. I always pictured Slughorn as an enormous jolly man with equally as large flaws. This would be the second reason I want to watch the movie again. I think that I'll grow to like Broadbent a little more as time goes on.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but was the teensiest tonsiest bit disappointed. That's a first for the Harry Potter movies. Had I never read the books I think my views would be nothing but positive. I think it's hard to have an idea in your mind of what something should be, and have such high expectations for it, that it's hard to accept something different.

Rating: 8.5/10 stars
<3 Cate


Anonymous said...

I disagree that had you not read the books you would have given it a better review. I went to see this with my family, and my mum and little brother were extremely confused, a trend that has happened in the last couple of Potter films; having not read the books they hadn't a clue what was happening a decent part of the time, and bombarded me with questions throughout.
I do agree that the scene with the Weasley's house burning down and Ginny and Harry being lured out into the middle of a field was completely odd. I cannot, and did not, see its purpose.
Also, I don't understand how Harry is going to find the Diadem later, when Ginny was the one to hide the Half-Blood Prince's book whilst he had his eyes closed. Thats going to take a lot of explaining on the film makers part.
Overall, I thought it was okay, certainly better than the fourth and fifth films. It;s a shame, becuase I was a fan of the books.

Priya said...

I just saw the movie... I thought it was the best one, but I agree with you on Slughorn and the scene cuts.

Fayeflame said...

i saw the movie 2!! It's going 2 end
*dramatic pause* lol.

i felt the little disappointment 2, like something was just missing,idk

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see this!

Movie Blaster said...

The most recent Harry Potter movies aren't that good anymore especially since most of the young characters got older now.... There was a certain cuteness to Harry Potter before that appealed more to kids... I doubt if its still there.

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