Saturday, July 18, 2009

"Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" Film Review

This is the sixth film in the series and is one of the darkest, literally and figuratively. In the movie, Headmaster Dumbledore gives Harry a mission to get new potions professor, Horace Slughorn to divulge a memory about his time with a young Tom Riddle aka Voldemort. Meanwhile, our young heroes, Harry, Hermione and Ron underggo their first boughts of young love.

The movie was shot in a very dark manner. Color looks to be drained from the scenes. Everyday is cloudly. Green is subdued. Perhpas, this is due to subject of the movie, in which the wizard world is at war. However, that much drain of the color leaves the viewer depressed and strains the eyesight. There's no need to continually darken the Great Hall or have every Quidditch match under grey skies.

The teen romance was handled well. Ah, the pairings. Ron and Lavender. Ron and Hermione. Harry and Ginny. Dumbledore and Snape. Okay, the last one was a joke. But if you took out the magic elements, this wss a pretty good look at young love.

I like the pacing of this movie. It's unusual for a blockbuster but that's why it's good. We don't have big action set pieces bombarding the audience. The dialogue was well written. Conversations felt real. Of the series, it features the best acting.

The problem with the movie is the ending. It's confusing. I'll admit I haven't read the books and if you had not, you might need to look at the plot summary at Wikipedia. The movie could use some more lines to explain Harry and Dumbledore's mission and what was happening. This Muggle had trouble finding out what happened in the end.

Overall, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" is a well made film that should delight fans of the book. The grade is a "B."

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