Movie Review: "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince"

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 27, 2009

Probably the most disappointing of the Harry Potter movies, thanks to the significant departures it took from the book (the departures were significant enough that even though I haven’t read the book, I knew about the changes made), and the way in which those departures caused the movie to be disjointed, scattershot, and rather unsatisfying. Oh, Alan Rickman can still steal a scene, and Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson have really grown into their roles. Tom Felton makes one sympathize with the awful fix he is in; he puts on his best performance thus far in the course of the franchise. Darkness has fully and completely settled over the franchise, which makes for riveting viewing in a number of scenes. But if the movie tried to be more faithful to the book, the storyline would have proceeded more smoothly, providing the viewer with a more satisfying experience on all fronts. As things stand, one can only watch Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and regret that it never came close to reaching its full potential. Spurts of excellence were, alas, too often interrupted by bouts of cinematic tedium.

  • http://twitter.com/simpson316 Brian Simpson

    I would much more credit the disjointed feeling you got to the decision to keep this book as a single movie. This (like book 7, which will be split into two) contains far too much story to be crammed into a three hour movie. It would have been done better justice as two 2 1/2 hour movies. They could have spent much more time on the actual story of the young Voldemort and given us the story of how Dumbledore got the ring horcrux.

  • emilyharter

    If you haven't read the book i think you can hardly blame the movie for a deviation from the book. this is the only movie where they have even come close to matching the plot of the book. it only deviates twice and i only found one of them detracted from the book. my advice is to read the books though, they outshine the movies in every single way possible and are far more enjoyable. the movie was awesome

  • cazanna

    Though I know times are rough, they should not have cut out nearly as much as they did. This movie disgusted me. I am sorry, but Radcliff is begining to wear out the Harry Potter character he has assumed for so long, just as Leanord Nimoy lost touch with Spock. No, I will never see the Deathly Hallows in fear it might be worse than this one. It would have been better if they stuck to the simple fact that there was a battle at Hogwarts where the good guys won, defended, but Bill Weasly was horrible attacked, and Dumbldore's funarl was a vitle part but they left it out too.

  • cazanna

    Though I know times are rough, they should not have cut out nearly as much as they did. This movie disgusted me. I am sorry, but Radcliff is begining to wear out the Harry Potter character he has assumed for so long, just as Leanord Nimoy lost touch with Spock. No, I will never see the Deathly Hallows in fear it might be worse than this one. It would have been better if they stuck to the simple fact that there was a battle at Hogwarts where the good guys won, defended, but Bill Weasly was horrible attacked, and Dumbldore's funarl was a vitle part but they left it out too.

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