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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« on: July 15, 2009, 03:02:01 PM »
Just saw it.  Quick thoughts on the new Harry Potter film:  Have to say that I thought it was very well done.  I haven't read any of the books since the last book was published, and hadn't seen any of the films since the previous one was released.  So Harry Potter has not really been on my mind until about 2 days ago when I realized this movie was coming out. 

The director had a very sure grip on the movie, striking a very balanced tone between drama, tension, comedy, and teenage angst.  The movie could have used a bit more action, especially at the end as the whole death-eaters-in-the-school was a particularly gripping action sequence in the book.  The acting all around was excellent, particularly Jim Broadbent as Slughorn - he was fantastic.  And this was probably the first of all the HP movies that I enjoyed Ron - both the character and the acting.

All in all this film was a great way to revisit the Potter world.  My wife and I will probably go back and read books 6 and 7 again.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2009, 07:43:44 PM »
I agree.  I think this was THE BEST Harry Potter film yet.  I agree that there could have been more fighting.  *spoiler if you quote*

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Over all, one of the best movies.  I loved the mockery when Harry is getting the memory from Slughorn.  It's so funny!
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 03:03:55 PM »
I enjoyed the movie, and I agree that it was a superior Potter production. Maybe they left some loose ends dangling that I didn't notice because of my acquaintance with the universe, but this probably won't really be an issue. I think the books are an established part of Western culture by now.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 09:14:34 PM »
Very good movie, probably the best yet. I'm liking what Mr. Yates is doing for the franchise...

He struck a very good balance between all of the warring plot elements the book was full to the brim with. One of the better movies-adapted-from-a-book I have seen in theaters.

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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009, 01:25:15 AM »
I disliked the book because of harry's mindless obsession being right, though i did enjoy the film, but 2 points of the movie bugged me, malfoy doesn't have crab and goyle trailing him in the guise of girls nor do they show the memories of voldemorts uncle
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 10:37:28 PM »
I disliked the book because of harry's mindless obsession being right, though i did enjoy the film, but 2 points of the movie bugged me, malfoy doesn't have crab and goyle trailing him in the guise of girls nor do they show the memories of voldemorts uncle

If anything, I was most disappointed that they gave short shrift to the final battle in Hogwarts - could have been some excellent cinematic moments there ...  hopefully some things get added back in for the DVD.

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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2009, 09:59:47 PM »
I think in terms of character development and overall enjoyment it was great.  In terms of ramping up the intensity for the seventh and last movie?  Not so much.  Dumbledore is a major character- we're actually supposed to care that he's dead.  Instead...  :-\
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009, 07:04:45 AM »
I thought it took the worst of the books and made it the best of the movies... quite a feat.  Well, no, I forget that 3 was really very awesome.  It made me want to look up the director's filmography and watch some of his other stuff.

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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2009, 09:38:02 PM »
I thought the book was a chore to get through.

The movie was great.  Except for the ending.  Because, really, there wasn't one.  Of all the movies, I think that this one had the worst ending.  It had so much potential for greatness, but instead we just get the rolling credits.  Humbug.

Although, I do still have hopes that the movies for book 7 are grand.  I still believe in those that made HBP because of how much good there was.  Can't wait to see it.

Apparently, Part I (2010) is in post-production, and Part II (2011) is already filming.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2009, 06:42:26 PM »
Huh.  I enjoyed this movie, but I thought it was VASTLY inferior to both Order of the Phoenix, and the Goblet of Fire.  It was a major let-down compared to the book, but still a descent movie in and of itself. 

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The thing that really bugged me, though, was that they didn't include the funeral for Dumbledore.  I have a theory that they will include that in the 7th movie, though.  Also, the random scene where the weasley's house get's burned down... that was odd.
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