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Harry Potter Film Review
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – the Movie
Harry Potter struck again and kept as always the promise of delivering a 153 minutes high quality mix between adventure and fantasy… definitely an absolute emotional delight for all Harry Potter Fans and surely a way to escape what we understand as ‘reality’ (…TA!) and slip seamlessly into a world of Fun, Fantasy and Furore! This time with a little Amore … as even in Hogwarts kids grow up, hormones go crazy and the little Daniel Radcliffe we admired in the first Harry Potter now needs to shave… :)
Harry Potter Official Synopsis
Warner Bros. describes the story as follows:
“Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was.
Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.
Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again. ”
Harry Potter for Children and Adults
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the 6th movie in an amazing and as always beautifully crafted adventure series based on the superb best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling.
I love these movies not only because they can be watched on different levels of depth and understanding by both children and adults – and there is no missing of their deeply anchored Keltic roots which are emphasized by some awesome real landscape shots (… filmed in Scotland I guess…) – but because of the arts & craft of the movie itself. What I mean is the superb setting and production design, camera work, lighting, directing by David Yates and the wonderful actors which all have that touch of ‘unspoiltness’ that brings and keeps them so alive and believable episode after episode.
Harry Potter Visual Effects
And having an artistic background, I totally admire the “Visual Effects”, the brilliant and often humorous touches in many scenes, starting right from the beginning when the titles dissolve in and out. It’s not l’art pour l’art – it makes perfect sense within the story. It’s organic, it fits. I remember experimenting with these exact effects when filming inks dissolving in water over glass in the mid-eighties; it was called “Time Made Visible” by the SWF Baden-Baden… The means were minimal against what’s possible with 3D Animation and Visual Effects today, however, it all existed in our dreams and thoughts then already – and becoming reality in today’s grand movies.
The camera was outstanding, sometimes capturing well-planned and orchestrated scenes from surprising angles in single long shots…. masterful and very interesting cinematography by Academy Award nominated Bruno Delbonnel.
Just as the transitions were superb and never confusing – great editing too!
It’s so precious in our time of fast gratification and superficiality to see what special attention is being paid to each detail. Clearly, it must be special to be part of such a production and to work for such a clear purpose – and the audience receives the message and rewards this thrilling series with unwavering loyalty.
No surprise… and then we already speculate as to what comes next!!!
Harry Potter Box Office
The film opened to critical acclaim and became an instant commercial success. It broke the records for “… biggest midnight opening gross of all time as well as biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time”
Incredible but true: in only 5 days the film made $391 million, breaking the record for biggest five-day worldwide gross in history.
My Tip: make this Harry Potter Movie a “Family Thrill” – go on a wizzard trip :)
There’s nothing like a real good movie watched in a real cinema!
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