Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009]

Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller
Points: *[Invalid]
Rating: Teen
Comment: "Just when you think the Harry Potter movies could not get any darker..."

FPBM! must say that David Yates has been the best Harry Potter director thus far. Honourable mention goes to The Prisoner of Azkaban director, Alfonso Cuaron who in our opinion, had set the mood for the following Harry Potter movies. Now, we are talking about the directors because fantasy movies is something of the delicate sort. In the wrong hands, what should be a good break from reality might come out as silly.

FPBM! confess that we are very biased when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise (and also Star Wars) hence why this review should be taken as a personal opinion (well, all the reviews here are FPBM!'s personal opinion). Having read the books since the age of fourteen, FPBM! feels like he has been growing up along with the cast of Harry Potter. The fuzzy warm feeling he gets as well as the kind of escapism he gets from the movies are difficult to put down into words.

Enough about that, here is the review.

The sixth installment picks up immediately where Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007] left off. Harry, along with the other main characters had been battling Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the Ministry of Magic's own headquarters. The battle may have been won, but the war is far from over. Now that the evil wizard is back on the loose, along with his influence reaching into the-once-impenetrable Hogwarts itself, just making it through a day is getting more physically and mentally demanding for our young heroes.

Needless to say, the movie is not as encompassing or as fulfilling as the book. But we need to stop drawing comparisons between the two entities. Personally, FPBM! thinks that the production team did a fair job in translating a six-hundred-page book into a-hundred-and-fifty-minute movie. Rather than trying to cram as much as they can into the movie, they had seemingly re-wrote the entire book for cinematic purposes - probably something they learned from the atrocity of Goblet of Fire [2005]. Now you get the chance to empathise with what the characters are going through in-between scenes.

Speaking of empathy, this is probably the only Harry Potter movie that could appeal to non-fans as well; provided that they are into movies exploring themes of teenage angst, puppy love, etc. Growing up on the set had definitely done wonders to the cast - everyone gives such memorable performances that it will be such a bereavement when it is all over.

Speaking of which, FPBM! wonders how are they going to end the movie series. It's no secret how the Harry Potter novels end, but FPBM! can't wait for the final two installments to see how are they going to end the movie franchise.

Points Calculation
*Unavailable due to FPBM!'s biasness towards the Harry Potter franchise

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Share This!