half-blood-prince-review by nuhman10


									Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

     Harry and Dumbledore draw closer to finding the key to destroying
Lord Voldemort.

Release Date: July 15th, 2009

My Rating: **** (out of five stars)

Jul 23, 2009

By Josh Munson

       “ In my life I have seen things that are truly horrific. Now I know you
will see worse. “ – Albus Dumbledore.

       This one quote sets up the tone of the sixth adventure in the ever-
popular Harry Potter saga. The movies, like the books they are based on, are
growing up with the audience who first tuned in back at the beginning of the
series. It was then that we found out “the boy who lived” was destined to do
great things as a famous wizard. The sixth movie finds the worlds of wizards
and muggles mixing ever more together, thanks in part to the increasing
attacks by Lord Voldemort and his followers the Death Eaters. The opening
scenes show not just an attack on Diagon alley, but also on a Bridge in
downtown London. This brings us to what young Harry is doing in a
London Subway Café.

       Since the incident at the Ministry of Magic, where Harry faced off an
attack by Voldemort to possess his mind, Harry has spent his time away
from the safety of his home with the Dursleys and instead enjoys the comfort
of being by himself riding the rails of the Subway. Harry is finally starting to
notice women as he talks up a waitress in the café and even gets asked out
on a date by her. The date will have to wait as Dumbledore shows up and
asks Harry to accompany him to acquire the new potions professor, Horace
Slughorn. Dumbledore believes that with Harry’s help he will finally
persuade Horace to come and teach at Hogwarts. Horace is a collector of
sorts, he likes to surround himself with famous or talented people and
Dumbledore thinks he will try to collect Harry. He encourages Harry to
pursue this attraction because the professor has information pertaining to the
downfall of Voldemort. Getting this information becomes Harry task
through the course of the movie. By the time the credits roll things will be
revealed, friends will become more then friends, characters who were
friends become enemies, and even a couple major deaths occur. They all
lead up to a nice To Be Concluded scene that says tune in next fall of 2010
and Summer 2011 when this series will come to an end.

       I enjoyed this movie. As a die-hard fan of the books I was
disappointed at the material that was cut out, but I was also happy with what
was left in. I think that the director and the screenwriter captured the spirit of
a long book and translated it as well as they could for the screen. This movie
has it all; comedy, action, drama, romance, and some scary scenes so parents
are cautioned, there are some scenes that will scare your little kids easily.
The cast is excellent. The three leads, Harry, Ron and Hermione have really
grown as actors and it shows. The best in my opinion is the work of Michael
Gambon playing Dumbledore. It is the best the character has been played
since Richard Harris played him in the second movie of the series. His
comedic timing, regal appearance, and gestures make each scene he shares
with Harry a delight to watch. He even gets some of the best dialogue in the
movie. I also enjoyed the pace and direction of this movie. Director David
Yates does a much better job with the material in this movie then he did with
the last one. The plot is a little confusing to follow if you have not read the
books or seen any of the prior movies but, it is one of the better movies out
there this summer and one the whole family can enjoy.

Cast & Credits

      Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe

      Ron Weasley: Rupert Grint

      Hermione Granger: Emma Watson
      Bellatrix Lestrange: Helena Bonham Carter

      Ginny Weasley: Bonnie Wright

      Horace Slughorn: Jim Broadbent

      Albus Dumbledore: Michael Gambon

      Severus Snape: Alan Rickman

Warner Bros. presents a film directed by David Yates. Screenplay by Steve
Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Running time: 153 minutes.
Rated PG (for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality).
Now playing in theaters nationwide.

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