Review Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & earn 20 DM Points*
Aah, the movie begins with an impressive stroke, the Azkaban-free Death Eaters toying around the peaceful city of London and recklessly uprooting the Millennium Bridge adding confusion and insecurity among the unsuspecting Muggles. It is also a good change to see Harry getting harmlessly flirty with a Muggle waitress. The Hogwarts Head-Master, himself shows up to escort Harry safely to The Burrow his second favorite place in the world. The background score of the movie simply grips you, the makers for the first time I must say have given a comic relief to the Harry Potter series. Dumbledores humor and Rons expressions are laughable, literally. On a serious note, the scene where Snape takes the Unbreakable Vow for the protection of Malfoys son Draco is shot well. Also Bellatrix Lestrange played by Helena Bonham Carter is flawless sending down jitters as she does justice as a Death-Eater. As the title conveys , Harry gets hold of an old Potions book which supposedly belonged to the Half-blood Prince. He seemed to ve scribbled a few of his own creations which proves out to be of great help to Harry in his Potions classes. Horace Slughorn, on the other hand as the new Potions Master is undoubtedly perfect. The duel of Harry with Draco malfoy is decently shot where Harry yells sectumsempra The particular scene where Harry is forced to make his Head-Master drink a greeny liquid potion to get rid of a Horcrux is remarkable and Dumbledores reflexes there are terrific. The scene at the cave and the inferi attacking Harry have got some mind blowing visuals.
In the transitional stage of childhood and adulthood, the heating hormones of the teenagers are accepted. Hermione is highly insecure as Ron snogs around the campus-hottie, Lavendar Brown. The scenes where Hermione makes known her likeness towards Ron to Harry with the awesome music behind will make you actually get inside the corridors of Hogwarts.Also the Quidditch matches are excellent filmed with spectacular visuals. But the 6th installments has its weakness as well. First of all, David Yates and Steve Kloves shouldnt think they are smarter than J.K Rowling.Whats with the pathetic scene of Bellatrix and Fennir Greyback attacking the Burrow. Moreover the final battle scene has been completely chopped off to compressthe movie and Dumbledores burial has been given a miss because it didnt go with the film.
The exceptionally good music doesnt really help to compensate the under-developed characters. Luna Lovegood has very little to do and pops up everytime when you least expect her. Neville LongBottom who plays a major role in the Deathly-hallows has been completely sidelined. Also Ginny Weasleys hints are puzzling more than enthusiastic. The scene where she holds Harrys hands and takes him to the Room of Requirement just to get rid of the book and for a little peck on his lips is sudden. Loosely designed and rigidly scripted are the romantic eruptions between the two. Examples of weak story narration can be seen by the unimportance and almost negligence given to the character of the half-blood Prince. Neither in the hurriedness, I must say have they shown discreetly about Voldemorts past and the origin of the Horcruxes. Many of the memories arent included which leaves many questions unanswered.Moreover characters like Rufus Scrimengour,Bill and Fleur, Dobby, the Durseleys are completely exempted from the movie. I felt like they left out more than they included, when you add it all up.
Malfoys clumsy antiques raise little curiosity or excitement. Later it turns out to be a route for the Death-Eaters to enter the strictly protected school. They shabbily enter Hogwarts like a bunch of goons at the local bank. The climax is utterly subtle with Dumbledore returning from the cave with Harrys help and in no time is murdered by one of his trusted teachers.Yes! The job is done. Claiming victory, the Death eaters thrash off in a similar pace in which they entered, disrupting the Great Hall and off Harry Potter follows determined to curse one of them, he again yells sectumsempra only to discover that the person to whom he intends to jinx has himself created the spell.The person in return merely confesses to be the Half-blood Prince and then moves on which makes you look at the screen blankly relying on the popcorn for more action, sorry but there is none. Later Harry is shown by the side of Dumbledores body with the entire school down, he picks up the locket [the horcrux] which turns out to be a fake, o shit! Dumbledore died in vain!
This year potters spell will fail to stun you. Its misbalanced between romance,comedy and action. Yates and Kloves should spend some time in reading the book. It seems like a mere excuse to push themselves to get into the next film, with respect to the movie-buffs., and a fast trailer of one of the strongest books in a slow motion for the faithful readers.