Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Thu Jul 9 2009

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Harry shaves! Harry snogs! But stay your wand, there are other forces of darkness besides late adolescence which are afflicting the poor orphaned wizard of Hogwarts and his hormone-raging contemporaries. For one, Voldemort’s allies, the aerial, ink-trailing Death Eaters, are ravaging London. Ping! Pling! There go the stanchions of the Millennium Bridge! And Harry has hardly been re-admitted to school, following the departure of Mrs Umbridge, last term’s knit-robed Robespierre, when Dumbledore teleports him to Tudor-relic Budleigh Babberton to meet and recruit one-time Potions Master Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent, disguised as a sofa).

False-memory syndrome is at the heart of this next stage of the fight against evil forces: Dumbledore’s phials of stored reminiscences have been polluted, and it is sly Slughorn’s recall of his past tutoring of a Horcrux-fascinated student which may hold a necessary and life-saving corrective.

Longer than the last, the sixth episode of the adventures of the increasingly burdened magic warrior of Privet Drive is a more human affair than its predecessors. It’s as full of the romantic dalliances of the maturing students as it is of warring set-pieces, creature shocks and detours down dark Dickensian alleys. We can already sense the two-part seventh and final saga on the horizon, and the whole less-frenzied affair is tonally and emotionally suggestive of a post-battle re-grouping before a final cinematic assault.

To this end, scriptwriter Steve Kloves, back after a one-film sabbatical, has ably summed up the JK Rowling doorstopper by omitting a major battle and axeing at least one character. Also, the fine, less showy work by new DoP Bruno Delbonnel and Nicholas Hopper’s non-strident second Potter score are in tune with director Yates’s laudable refusal to underline too forcefully moments of triumph and disaster. Togther, they allow space for as much human detail, intimacy, humour and, indeed, pathos as a family magical/fantasy action adventure will allow.

Thus – thrillseekers beware – the film’s memorable scenes are, interestingly, not necessarily the most momentous: the sad, assembled Weasleys regarding their crooked Norfolk tower; a lionine, wind-tossed Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) framed in the Hogwarts tower with all the grandeur of Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’; poor Emma Watson’s Hermione crying in solitary heartbreak; blonde bombshell Draco Malfoy pitied in a picture of isolated evil. Rupert Grint’s Ron is still the leavening star – striking funny, victorious poses in the series’s last game of Quidditch – but Daniel Radcliffe’s less self-conscious and more self-deprecating Harry runs him a close second.

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Gillian

I Agree this is the worst film so far - is too extreme & is too far removed from the original stories which were meant to be magical and fantastic- needed more lighter moments in it - and Harry and Hermione nakedly entangled was a step too far - very very disappointing

adam

This particular Harry Potter film was excruciatingly painful for me to watch as always the book was 100x better but it clearly did not reach expectations. People have said that the film was too long but in my opinion it was far too short as there were loads of important details missed in the film. I am sincerely hoping that the deathly hallows is a LOT better.

kay

Dis Wz Da Shittest One Ive seen nd i saw all of dem what happend to harry havin his moment of defeatin someone in the dark forces da ended woz reli bad it ooked as iff dat shud have been the middle nd more was meant to happen Very disappointed !!!!!

india and georgia

this harry potter movie was better than all of them.it was more funny and romantic than the rest.also it was not as dark as all the others.we both thought it was 21/20

india and georgia

this harry potter movie was better than all of them.it was more funny and romantic than the rest.also it was not as dark as all the others.we both thought it was 21/20

moonshine

film was ok. not sure that if you haven't read the book that you would understand. i have yet to be as impressed with a harry potter film as i have the books, but i think the 5th film was the best. the sub-plots, such as the love potions and the mince pie chemistry, were good, especially anything with rupert grint acting as the loveable idiot and tom felton as the slick evil kid, but the overall plotline was a with under wheling. as usual, radcliff's performance was overshadowed by the better actors, but it still kept my attention. not looking forward to the next film because i'm not sure it will translate well into a film as the book itself was a little tedious with quite a few plot-holes.

Cappybear

I've read the book but, to be honest, couldn't remember much about it. I found the movie quite entertaining, but a tad long, and there seemed to be lots of stars popping up for a minute or two, then disappearing for the rest of the film. My wife thought it all a bit boring.

Sophie

I have not read the book so I do not know what was missed out but I found the film very good! I likes the way that there was more romance and not as much action. I thought that overall it was a great film that included action, romance and a whole lot of great acting! x

Sophie

I have not read the book so I do not know what was missed out but I found the film very good! I likes the way that there was more romance and not as much action. I thought that overall it was a great film that included action, romance and a whole lot of great acting! x

foggyboy12

The ending was crap it diddnt leave you with a cliff hanger or anything ... but over all it was OK

naomi

I thought that the film was quite good even although several aspects from the book were missed out. i think that the most important thing that they should have had were the other memories so that harry would know what the other horcruxes should be. i also thought that the fire in the weasley's house was pointless nd i never got why harry stood up when ginny entered slughorn's dinner party or why ginny tied his shoelace it all seemed a bit daft to me. however the film was much better than the order of the pheonix which i thought was terrible

CCC1BBB

Spoiler warning - Wow. The Half-Blood Prince movie was a disappointment to me, compared to the book. Obviously, not all story lines can be included in movies, but it didn’t seem like the director (even though I know he apparently did one before), or screenplay writer, or somebody, must not have read the books, or seen the previous movies! Why change it to Luna finding Harry on the train, instead of Tonks? No purpose. And why on earth would you do it making the wrakspurt (?) of Luna’s imagination real?? Also, leaving out conversations Harry had with Dumbledore about the possible identity of most of the horcruxes seems a crucial error for the set-up of the next story! Adding things to the story like burning the Burrow is horrendous. It would better-serve the story by including more of the things that actually happened! Also, yes, Hermione, in the book, is frustrated to tears with Ron’s obtuseness, but she’s not the simpering idiot she had to portray in the movie. I waited through movie for at least the climactic ending but they didn’t show the battle!! Unbelievable! Maybe people who haven’t read the book will think it fine, & others may want to see it for the sake of it. I fervently hope a different crowd makes the movies for the last book. Thank you.

Hannah

I loved this film. It was the best of all of the Harry Potter films. They left a bit out but it didn't really matter. I thought it was the ebst of the 6 and cannot wait for the Deathly Hallows to come out next year. :)) :))

Hannah

I loved this film. It was the best of all of the Harry Potter films. They left a bit out but it didn't really matter. I thought it was the ebst of the 6 and cannot wait for the Deathly Hallows to come out next year. :)) :))

SR

I would give it 4 stars and a half but I don't reckon it's allowed.

idalad

Got rid of all the dodgy bits and fringe characters in the book- Draco Malfoy does a wicked job. Very good adaption.

idalad

Got rid of all the dodgy bits and fringe characters in the book- Draco Malfoy does a wicked job. Very good adaption.

jim

why the hell was the killing curse blue. maybe david yates is a shit director and colour blind.

Suzy

Good visual effects but a poor story line. The film is just about linking the last bit of the story with the next. It doesn't stand alone as a good film so if you're not a big fan and haven't seen the other movies don't bother. I went with a friend who's a big big fan and even she was disappointed.

Christine

This is the second HP film that David Yates has managed to ruin. If I were JK Rowling I would be mortified. The whole essence and much of the background in the books has been ignored. David Yates cannot have read the books and, if he has, he certainly has no love for them. How dare he think he can do better than JK? Order of the Phoenix was the longest book, but the shortest film. Where's the logic in that? In Half Blood Prince he has left out memories essential to understanding the plot, Dumbledore's funeral, and inserted and changed other scenes so the film bears little resemblance to the book. David Yates may be OK at special effects and action scenes, but has no finesse, sensitivity, or affection for the characters and intricacies of the books. The first two films were very faithful to the books, the second two less so, but still retaining the right atmosphere, but the David Yates films have let down the whole series. He should have been fired after OOTP, and to have him direct the remainder is nothing less than a travesty.

Lisa

i was really disappointed :( it missed soooo much out of the books and the fantastic parts in the book were made much shorter in the film. not as good as the others, but effort was put in, so good try David Yates----- better luck next time....

j.y

c'mon at least put some of the good bits into the film! Why not put in Scrimguere the new Minister For Magic. Or Bill And Fluer in the film. He forgot when Bill git bitten by Fenrir Greyback and Fenrir Greyback did'nt even speak! And at the end the Order wasn't even fighting WHY? He should of taken out the boring bits and bring in the bits in the book! C'mon if he does the same mistake for The Deathly Hallows. He should be fined by JK Rowling, and JK Rowling should be the director lol !!!!!!!!!

k......

i did'nt enjoy this film it dragged on and it got boring :( i was looking forward to watching it A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT !!!!

C&#039;mon.

Get a grip. This is a film, not a book. You can't put every scene from the novel into the movie and sometimes you have to summarise, omit and take a bit of artistic licence in order to make it a tighter, rounder film. I think this was a pretty good adaptation of a generally dull book. Well done David Yates and Steve Kloves.

MD Beasley

A clever, sombre and brooding film that avoids the pitfalls of normative Hollywood summer fair that treats it's viewers as just another quick buck en route to chow down at Applebees. The reviewer would perhaps be more at home with the cheap thrills and naff one liners of 'Knocked Up,' or any other Crud Apatow offering. This, and hacks, aside certainly worth viewing, in fact the best Potter filmic rendition yet. Go Yates! A high hurdle for whoever follows.

MD Beasley

A clever, sombre and brooding film that avoids the pitfalls of normative Hollywood summer fair that treats it's viewers as just another quick buck en route to chow down at Applebees. The reviewer would perhaps be more at home with the cheap thrills and naff one liners of 'Knocked Up,' or any other Crud Apatow offering. This, and hacks, aside certainly worth viewing, in fact the best Potter filmic rendition yet. Go Yates! A high hurdle for whoever follows.

DAB23

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the best film yet! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because they missed some important things out which did disappoint me a little bit, and I'm just not sure how they're going to do the next two films. I thought Ron was very funny and there was a bit more humor than the first 5 films which I liked.They could've done a little bit more for a 2 hours and 30 minutes film, but overall a good film for me.

Liza

David yates is officially a movie failure. Why did he put scenes that aren't in the book and there was really good scenes in there, and how come he didn't put them in the movie? I'll have to say that this Harry Potter movie was a disapointment to me and my children. We all love the Harry Potter films as we have seen them all but The Half Blood Prince was a disaster to be honest!!

Charlotte

I thought it was very well made, and they stuck to the storyline incredibly well. All these people saying it was boring and that they missed loads of bits out from the book should think about how long the film would be if they did every single detail. It would be about 5 hours long! I thought it was fantastic and i really love harry potter! FANTASTIC FILM!!!!!!!!

Charlotte

I thought it was very well made, and they stuck to the storyline incredibly well. All these people saying it was boring and that they missed loads of bits out from the book should think about how long the film would be if they did every single detail. It would be about 5 hours long! I thought it was fantastic and i really love harry potter! FANTASTIC FILM!!!!!!!!

Gopher

Most boring Harry Potter of all up until the last 10 minutes. I have never been so bored and disappointed by a movie before. The other 5 movies rocked, this one sucked majorly.

Lou

I bet J K Rowling is fuming! This film was not done correctly at all! Thank God I have her books to read and my imagination! So many pieces and scenarious missing that I can see why many who have not read the books got a bit lost....too disjointed and not enough explanation and of course dud bits added that did not add the credibility of the story or achieve anything really. Only disappointment and confusion cpnveyed to the audience. I even heard several people audibly sigh in the place "eh?" when obviously I was thinking the same thing...this part did not happen? Bit shocking really . I truly hope JK Rowling puts her foot down and tries to kick ass with the next film. The producers and Directors have not won here. Do the film like the book! Please!

Callum

Really enjoyed it. The cinematography was amazing, and the characters much more rounded before. Loved the whole mood and feel - understated but full of suspense and tension. The only negative was that the actual "Half-blood Prince" thing was never explained properly, so when he reveals himself, it is a bit nonsensical. Overall though, the best Potter film so far. Jim Broadbent was amazing!

Callum

Really enjoyed it. The cinematography was amazing, and the characters much more rounded before. Loved the whole mood and feel - understated but full of suspense and tension. The only negative was that the actual "Half-blood Prince" thing was never explained properly, so when he reveals himself, it is a bit nonsensical. Overall though, the best Potter film so far. Jim Broadbent was amazing!

Mike

Not a patch on the early Harry Potter films. Long scenes of love interest which will only appeal to adolescent girls. The plot completely lost me and I could easily have walked out.

Peter Blackburn

The first 5 films were entertainment and I watched them back to back before going to see the Half Blood Prince - and I have to say it was a huge dissappointment. I don't think I'll bother with the following 2 films, the direction was weak andthe plot line disjointed and ended abruptly. I expected better, and was hugely dissapointed.

lucy

i loved it and thought it was amazing. Just alittle disppointed they missed out the fight at the end.

lucy

i loved it and thought it was amazing. Just alittle disppointed they missed out the fight at the end.

steve

the first four movies have been great, and after all the anticipation of the fifth film i was expecting a wonderful experience but i as were my family felt disappointed in this poorly portrayed film.

JJJ

David Yates has officially ruined this movie. I watched the film with many friends and they all thought it was dreadful. How can a big hollywood director release something this bad. I don't seem to get why David Yates could'nt have just done the film like the book. The book was amazing and due to the task that was handed to David Yates, i would have thought he would have pulled out all the stops to make this film incredible. Instead he made it shit. David it's really simple, just do the film like the book, surely it's not that difficult seen as it's already written for you. I bet he probably hasn't even read the book. Because if he had, he would realise that all he's set the seventh one up for is failure. In what universe would he think or the people writing the screenplay feel that they could do a better job than the author. It just shows idiotic arrogance and also indicates how low Yate's IQ score must be. Looking back on the film, i can make the fair statement that not one scene had been done better than it had in the book. The acting from the cast appeared almost wooden and arkward like it was a GCSE performance in front of the rest of your class. Aside from the amount of content that has been left out, meaning that a miracle must happen to recover in the seventh installement, my opinion is that the best scene in that whole film was when the death eaters attacked the burrow, and that wasn't even in the book. What sort of statement is that. If Yates wants to be a writter then he's in the wrong proffession, but before he writes, he's got to learn how to read. And he should probably learn before the seventh film is released and READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rachel

the book is wayyyyyyyyy better, but it is pretty funny..mainly for the wrong reasons though and the 'romantic scenes' are the funniest pahhhhhhhah...its alrite though.

adam

Man i hated it, if you want to know my opinion the only film of Harry Potter worse than this is the chamber of secrets. BUT THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT!!!! TRY IT!

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