Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: movie review

I can't remember the last time I've been so excited about a movie - probably when the last Harry Potter movie was released. Honestly, I couldn't stop grinning in anticipation of going to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. And I wasn't disappointed. I have two words to say about it: Bloody brilliant! Daniel Radcliffe's acting improves with each movie and I think he is outstanding in this movie. And Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley is excellent as always (I love his facial expressions and his comedic timing). Emma Watson as Hermione Granger is quite good too although I thought she was better in the previous movies. It's uncanny how some of the actors seem like they were born to play the characters such as Evanna Lynch portraying the eccentric and quite endearing Luna Lovegood. I can't imagine anyone else playing the part. The same is true of course for the part of Severus Snape played so perfectly by the brilliant actor, Alan Rickman. He is perfectly cast as the dark and menacing Hogwart's teacher who bullies his students in Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts. Another dark character is Bellatrix Lestrange as played by Helena Bonham Carter who is exceptional as one of the evil Death Eaters. Another outstanding performance is by Tom Felton as the wicked Draco Malfoy. The story involves more than the battle against dark forces. This movie is also about the trials and tribulations of young love. And there are some very funny moments mixed in with the very serious story. And even though I have read all the books, I still nearly jumped out of my seat at one particular scene and felt quite choked up over another. Seriously, I think it's the best movie in the whole series so far. A must see movie even if you've never read the books.

7 comments:

  1. You took all the words right out of my mouth Maureen. I can't believe after six films this series just keeps getting better. It's astounding really.

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  2. Hi Melissa - it is amazing isn't it how they keep getting better and better.

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  3. I am really pleased to hear this! The first movie in the series was a travesty in my opinion, I almost fell asleep in it. Although the books aren't literary masterpieces they're great page turners and there's no reason why the movies shouldnt be the same--I am so pleased they keep improving and I too have been really excited to see this one. We've booked for Saturday night. Funny, the last time I booked a cinema seat in advance was the last HP I think!! Thanks for the 'review', makes me look forward to it even more now!

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  4. Hi Michelloui - I agree that the movies should be just as exciting as the books they are based on. I think it comes down to a good director and editing as much as depending on good actors and clever special effects. I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did - I think you will!

    I didn't want to spoil it for those who have never read the books so rather than mention any crucial scenes and other details, I deliberately kept my review very short. I'm so glad my mini-review makes you want to see it even more.

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  5. Rupert Grint...my celebrity crush :-)

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  6. It really was very good. I love the humour in it and even thought it was 2 1/2 hours long I never found myself bored.

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  7. I agree - even though it was a long movie, I was never bored either.

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