Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Family / Kids
General Release Date: 16 Jul 2009
Running Time: 2 Hours 34 Minutes,
Distributor: Warner Bros
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
Director: David Yates
Lord Voldermort is wreaking havoc throughout Britain as Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts. The pressure to defeat the Dark Lord grows stronger in the young wizard. Using an old Potions Book which previously belonged to the 'Half-Blood Prince', Harry is able to increase his magical knowledge and prepare for battle. However, he must first help Dumbledore discover the secret to Voldermort's quest for immortality - the location of his Horcruxes. But the quest for the Horcruxes and the resulting battle at Hogwarts produce a tragic outcome - leading Harry to believe that he must head out on his own to conquer the Dark Lord.
Watch this if you liked: "Harry Potter" films
It was unfortunate that the sixth Harry Potter film was delayed for over half a year reportedly due to the 2008 writer's strike in Hollywood, making fans all around the world wait longer than ever before. But was it worth the wait? This reviewer thinks - not. It was a shame to see a captivating story book brutally chopped and summarised into 150 minutes, missing most of the thrilling parts that should've been included. Slowly, the Harry Potter films are losing their depth to satisfy the book fans and appeal to new audiences. Way to go to milk the proverbial cow!
After such a long wait, Harry Potter 'The Chosen One' didn't feel like THE chosen one anymore, but instead a poker faced boy whose love life seems to be one of the main highlights of this film (probably to please Daniel Radcliffe fans). However, with that said, the scene between Potter and his crush Ginny Weasly (Ron Weasley's younger sister) wasn't a very pleasant scene to enjoy. It was awkward and let's just say that the actors weren't very comfortable with it.
If you've read the book, a big portion of the exciting battle scenes at the end was unfortunately was not included; it probably didn't have the capacity to support it. Understandable, but perhaps it would've made the movie a lot better as it lacks more wand-action as compared to its predecessors. Moreover, with the title "Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince," not much was elaborated on the mystery behind the so-called 'Prince,' conveying the level of storytelling much worse. However, it does deliver more humour to appeal to the younger audiences in the midst of the movies getting darker and darker.
It was nice to finally see the malicious Draco Malfoy get more of the spotlight as Tom Felton is such talented actor to waste with his sly facial expressions. Emma Watson gets in touch with her emotional side convincingly well when Hermione Granger is left heartbroken and funnyman of the group, Rupert Grint is consistently doing well as the goofy Ron Weasley and protective older brother.
On an amusing note, Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumblebore reminisced the pivotal moments of "X-Men" when he offered Tom Riddle a place in his 'special' school and the skinny corpses rising above from the murky depths underwater gives this reviewer the impression of a hundred Gollums that has escaped from "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. Overall, this film would have left non followers confused as to what's going on and who's who, but if you're lucky, you can appreciate it one way or another.
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