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.
The first film in which the darker elements of the franchise are felt for a period of more than a few seconds, Chamber Of Secrets is also a more visually ambitious film than it's predecessor with CGI that looks better (such as the Dobby character) and more creative cinematography and editing. The chemistry between the actors has certainly improved, and the writing is cute. It's a tad too long, and needed cutting down