In the sixth installment of the film series, adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling. He discovers a mysterious book that sheds light on the sordid past of the evil Lord Voldemort.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceDirected byDavid Yates
Ralph Fiennes absence was felt, but it was great seeing Voldemort back to when he was 'just' a student. The set pieces (the Astronomy Tower, the Cave) were quite nice, and the film's palette of warmer tones gave it a distinct look by comparison to other entries of the saga. In the end, Dumbledore's death still felt a bit anticlimactic to me and Drako's inner conflict should have been better explored.
Out of all the HP installments, Half-Blood Prince features the most striking camerawork. The 6th film in the series also manages to produce genuine laughs, rather than a few chuckles conjured up by the earlier movies' shortcomings.
It's a real film - it establishes rules, sticks to them, and for once everyone acts. I had fun. I'm a sucker for Bruno Delbonnel, even if some of the film does look a bit like a christmas advert at times. I loved it, warts and all. Consider yourselves lucky I skipped the pun, just then.
I think this is the first time Harry Potter gets really, really mature for real since this saga changing its tone in Prisoner of Azkaban. Half-Blood Prince is dark, engaging, exciting, and it's a slightly improvement for this saga. The interesting part is when this movie showed a little information of Voldermort's childhood. I feel the editing or transitions a little bit rough. But the cinematography is stunning!
Yikes... I feel like this one was sort of a hot mess. Some good moments totally lost in an overly complicated yet nearly actionless plot. This was the only one where I felt like the cuts really made the film confusing and left out crucial parts. IMO, these films are about three men and the connection that they hold; Harry, Voldemort, and Snape. This film completely loses the latter two, to it's detriment.
Lot of people don't like this movie. I'm not one of these people. Yes, it is quite childish, not very true to the book but I really enjoyed it. I loved the directing, the shots are beautiful and it's fun.