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Friday, December 4, 2009

[7.25/10] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"Half-Blood Prince" gets off to a good start with that exhilarating sequence depicting the destruction of the Millennium Bridge by the Death Eaters, the followers of Lord Voldemort. Much of the early part of the film, however, is disappointing. Too much time is taken up with tedious details of teenage romances featuring Harry, Ron, Hermione and their friends. It began to seem less like a Harry Potter film than like some dreary high school rom-com. And then, about halfway through, the film began to improve. As with most of the Potter films the plot is a complicated one, dealing with the efforts of Harry and his headmaster Dumbledore to thwart the evil machinations of Voldemort and his accomplices. This one revolves around the efforts of the Death Eaters to assassinate Dumbledore and the attempts of Harry and Dumbledore to track down and destroy the 'horcruxes', magical artifacts in which Voldemort has hidden parts of his soul in the hope of making himself immortal. "Half-Blood Prince" marks David Yates's second Harry Potter film, tying him with Chris Columbus for most films helmed in the wizard franchise. The story is ominous and tragic, the colors are muted, and the actors display a range of emotions. There's romance and some over-the-top characterizations, but very little action or fantastical 'fun'. "Half-Blood Prince", the penultimate Harry Potter adventure, is a compelling, dark and dramatic, but it's not as magical and enjoyable as its predecessors.

  • My Rating: 7.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 83% (7.1/10)
  • IMDb: 7.4/10


Jaccstev said...

This film has a much more serious tone, which was balanced out with some cheesy and not always perfect moments. It’s still one of the better installments in the series. Can't wait for "Deathly Hallows".

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I agree that the film is much more serious, mature and dark, but I think Potter franchise strarts to loose its magic. Prisoner of Azkaban remains my favorite. Thanks for the comment! :)