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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (movie review)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows were the only books in the series I had read before seeing the movies. Perhaps this is why I was so very disappointed in this movie, even if the climax did thrill me.

For me, the Half Blood Prince is one instance where I can’t forget about the book. This may not be entirely logical as the book is flashback heavy and although interesting, I suppose they are not especially important. Still, I like these scenes from Voldemort’s past – we already know Voldemort is clever, manipulative and powerful before we get to Half Blood Prince, but I still found all of those instances that are so thoroughly explored in the book to be interesting, where as the movie, I feel, often concentrates on the wrong areas and presents that which is supposed to be important in a way that lacks depth.

For instance, the romance between Ron and Lavender is supposed to be important because it reveals how Hermione feels about Ron and the position it puts Harry in when they’re fighting and when they’re together, but the problem is, their fight in the movie is minimal and doesn’t inconvenience Harry in anyway. And, Ron and Hermione don’t really express their feelings for each other until part two of The Deathly Hallows. (Also, I have no idea why Hermione loves Ron in the first place, but that’s a topic for another day.)

The point is, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is focused on things that the movie itself doesn’t even seem to care about, and therefore, I spend most of the running time wondering when we’re going to get back to Harry and Dumbledore or Harry and Slughorn. These are the interesting parts of the story that the movie seems to care about, but the movie just won’t get to them. Even Draco’s subplot feels rushed over and unimportant until Dumbledore makes him explain it.

I wouldn’t say Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a bad movie or even the worst in the series, but it just didn’t have what I was looking for. (And I hate the transition from the end of the movie to the credits – some musical choice!) I’m giving this flick a 7 out of 10.

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Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com

Posted on April 7, 2014, in movie reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I had a much different reaction to this movie, though I think roughly 70% of my appreciation was for the cinematography, the rest of it for the way they managed to streamline the story and somehow make it seem dramatically compelling onscreen (something many of the Harry Potter movies often struggled with). One of the major issues with the later movies is that they easily could have tossed out their screenplay, gone back to the book and included many of the plot elements they did not include the first time, and created a movie that was just as good (or perhaps better) than the one they did. The Half-Blood Prince could have been a sort of period piece detailing the early life of Voldemort, or a political thriller about the way the Ministry of Magic was mismanaging the war, or a slightly raunchier romantic comedy about a bunch of snogging wizards. I’ve oftentimes listed this movie as my favorite, but they could have take a number of other approaches while adapting it. What they created was a very middle-of-the-road adaptation that included a little bit of everything (but not a lot in the way of flashbacks, or information on the war, etc.).

    • I think you make a good point when you mention that they threw everything into this movie and that’s probably the reason I don’t like much – it’s not focused. The zombie part is fun, though

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