28 August 2009

JR's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Update

Year: 2009
Date of Theater Release: July 16, 2009
Genre: Action/Adventure/Family/Fantasy/Mystery/Romance
Director: David Yates
Writers: Steve Kloves, JK Rowling
In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Volemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledor persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.
1. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
2. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
3. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
4. Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn)
5. Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
6. Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
7. Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
8. Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)
Adapted Comment by a User of IMD:
Let me say this. Half Blood Prince as a movie alone was very good. It stands it’s ground as a film better than any of the others of the series. But only as a film. And only because there are so many parts to a film. This installment obviously stepped everything up a notch: the cinematography, the special effects, the darker score, the improved acting, etc… But the key element which was boosted this franchise into world-class fame, is the story. And in this one, it’s just not there. As a fan of the books and having had no SERIOUS gripes with any of the other films, I must say i HATED the screenplay for this one. Everything that made the book amazing was ripped from the film, and instead replaced by annoying large quantities of romantic subplot. Yes, there is romance in the sixth book but not shoved down your throat. JK Rowling masterfully crafted a novel that was perfectly balanced. The romance was there although it didn’t detract from the main plot and at times was intertwined with the larger goings-on at Hogwarts. In the movie the romance takes up most of the screen time. Not to mention the ending of the film was brutally butchered.
So much time could have been detracted from the silly romances to focus on more important things which were completely ommitted or deliberately changed. The ending is extremely anti-climactic and once it’s over it’ll leave you in your seat thinking “it’s over?”
My final gripe with this movie is that it really should have been PG-13. If you’ve read the novel then you know the subject matter is MUCH darker and the story would have been done greater justice with just a higher rating(and a better screenwriter, yes i’m looking at you Steve Kloves).
Overall as a movie i’d give it an 8 out of 10.
But as a HARRY POTTER movie it gets 4 out of 10. And that’s pushing it.
Coming Up on October 2009, (as the replacement for JR’s Late Night Shows Review) JR’s Harry Potter Movies Review… Check it Out

-jrspeciallatenightshow8 08/28/2009

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