Yesterday, Midnight I braved the madness at the Arclight in Sherman oaks to watch Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince. As my buddies and I approached the theatre we catch sight of several hand drawn Harry Potter scars, Gryffindor scarves, and many other diehard fans dressed for the occasion of opening night. There was definitely excitement in the air.
As the opening scene began, you can already distinguish a significant difference in quality from the previous films. It introduces appropriate flashbacks to the previous film helping the audiences to familiarize themselves with the continuing story. There are also added scenes to help the flow and cohesiveness of the film. Sitting at a 2hr and 33min run time, the ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was exceedingly well paced.
I have to say that everything about ‘Half-blood Prince’ screams maturation and evolution. The characters are constantly growing, the score is grandeur, and it’s because everyone is strongly familiar with the universe. It’s like the presentation became better with each adaptation. It has aged quite nicely.
One thing that is obvious is that this film is BEAUTIFUL. It is the result of incredible cinematography. Many times the camera will linger on a hand or an object emphasizing the beautiful detail of this universe. The look of this movie is distinctive; it’s more artistic and creative in presentation. We take glimpses of what it looks like to dive into the ‘Pensive’, visit to ‘Weasley’s’ joke shop, and to play ‘Quidditch’ again. The effects are amazing.
You will be pleasantly surprised by how far some of the cast members have come in this film. ‘Harry potter’ played by Daniel Radcliffe demonstrates his comedic talent that most of us didn’t know he had, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) really stretches himself and plays someone with true honesty that isn’t just a villain and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) brings a strong emotional performance to her character as well. And the list goes on: Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Jim Broadbent (Proffessor Slughorn) all brought spectacular performances to this movie.
David Yates has truly done this series justice. Don’t expect a lot of action because the story itself is setting up for the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Voldemort. I believe that ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ was brilliantly made and deserves 4 out of 5 babbles. Go see this one on the big screen.
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