Roger Pratt's cinematography gives this instalment some much needed cinematic flare. The look & feel of the film is imaginative & atmospheric, with a use of location & space complimentary to the main plot. Also the narrative this time is actually engaging. Having now established the characters & their universe the film preoccupies itself with an esoteric mystery full of genuine threat & set-pieces that are thrilling.
The sequel that could have made or break an entire franchise is an amazing adventure, with greater risks, bigger monsters and a powerful final act. I remember being terrified when the letters on TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE were re-arranged to reveal his true identity. I'm scared of snakes, so this was particularly terrifying for me when I first watched it. Columbus did a great job at establishing the Potter universe, I think.
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.
Superior sequel, as should be w/ with most of the initial worldbuilding complete. Biggest flaw is that the plot is almost a beat-for-beat redo of the first outing, structurally. Branagh is killer ham here, very fun. Score identical to first. Length was not an issue for me, better paced than SS, but needed more Tom Riddle before climax which was not great, choppy dialogue & unearned twist. Hollywood af finale
Most sequels suck, plain simple. I don't think that happens with the Harry Potter series. It may not have had the impact the first one did, but it has a very solid stotyline nonetheless and deserves love.