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.
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.
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 second part of Harry Potter saga. Well, according to Wikipedia Chamber of Secrets is the longest Harry Potter movie based on the shortest Harry Potter novel. Maybe this fact explained a lot about why I feel the middle part of this movie is very muddled. I kinda feel bored while watching it. Honestly, it adds nothing. But don't worry, it's still a pretty good movie. Not to mention its Quidditch match sequences...
Rating - 3.5 / 5 With improved production values and better constructed narrative, 'Chamber of Secrets' is an improvement over its predecessor. We get to see more development amongst the characters while also being introduced to new interesting ones, and the story is more engaging - filled with high-risk situations and secrets (pun-intended) to be discovered.
A shameless acknowledgment of the first film's deficiencies, this one tries everything it can to redeem the sins of its father - and it mostly works, at least as an entertainment. At this point in their careers, the poor kids are still getting their acting sea legs, so Branagh picks up the slack.