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.
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.
A step down from the promising first film. The movie do have some charm but the story feels like a copy of the original at times, even the villain is the same. Kenneth Branagh surprises in a light-weight comedic way in the role, but that is almost the best thing about it. Great new characters though and it is a tiny bit more adult but it doesn't help as they also add one annoying CGI character to the story.