Director Chris Columbus bows out of the Harry Potter franchise with a competent, workmanlike effort that retells JK Rowling’s plot but fails to capture the novel’s spirit or essence. The second film in the cinematic cash cow sees Hogwarts students Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to uncover the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets.
As a series of students become petrified – turned to stone, that is, although very young audience members might find themselves equally scared by some intense set-pieces – everyone wants to know who’s leaving mysterious messages about the imminent arrival of the heir of Slytherin. As panic starts to spread, the wand of suspicion points directly in Harry’s direction… —BBC.co.uk
Christopher Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Columbus had most success with the first two films in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, along with Home Alone, winning a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. —Wikipedia
In my opinion the worst film in the series. It is tired, long, and boring. The story could have been told in less time. I find it ridiculous that the second shortest book has the longest movie. As with the film before, it feels blocky. That is, it feels obstructed and overwrought. The production design is less ineffective but still unimaginative.
The ending was especially annoying seeing as Tom Riddle had to explain every thing that was happening (“Your bird may have blinded my snake, but it can still hear you”). Something could have been deviced to make sure that those kinds of superfluous dialogue was not needed. I have spoken to many people who like this film above all others. I do not know why, but I guess it must be taken into consideration. It is one of my favorite books, but I cannot see how the film is the best. I still found this film to be following a Hollywood Blockbuster standard, as evident by the extras-clapping-for-the-heros scenes.