Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ah, the Harry Potter movie juggernaut returns.  I, for one, am a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s novels and have enjoyed each of the films (though the last outing, Order of the Phoenix, was one of the weaker installments).  Now we are back with the sixth, the Half-Blood Prince.

I liked it a lot. Yate’s directing was a vast improvement over Order of the Phoenix. The three main actors are really comfortable now in their roles and it shows. The story was well adapted, I thought, with all of the major points explained in advance in order to build up the tension and motion of events.

The cave scene was fantastic, despite the curiously gollum-esque design of the Inferi. But the fire-defense moment was really quite epic and well-done. The tower scene was also executed well and didn’t disappoint like the Department of Mysteries scenes did in the previous movie.

The burning Burrow scene was really quite pointless. I’m not sure why they added it. It felt tacked on and really didn’t affect the rest of the film at all.  Normally I am not too much of a stickler when it comes to adapting books to the screen, but if you are going to add a scene like this, have a purpose for it.  And not only did this not have a purpose, the scene’s presence actually detracted a little of the film.
I also thought it felt a little overlong, but it was still pretty tight and solid, much like the book itself.   One of the best of the Potter films to be sure.
9/10

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