What can I say about Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? Out of five people in my house: one has not seen it, three did not think it was as good as the other movies and one, ME, absolutely loved it, and since it is MY blog. I get to rave about it. I have seen it twice now and would be happy to go again. Give me a call, if you would like company to see it.
1. The cinematography was awesome. This is the hardest one for me to explain, but I felt like it was shot in real life, rather than as a movie with actors. I am guessing it has something to do with filters. The cinematography was outstanding.
2. It was funny, in just the right amount. And, a lot of that can be credited to the increasing acting talents of the actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliff) is just hilarious when under “lucky potion” and the same for Ron (Rupert Grint) when under a “love potion.” Hermoine (Emma Watson) was excellent also and showed a warmer, more relaxed side of Hermoine.
3. I loved Jim Broadbent as Slughorn, although it bothers me a bit that he isn’t padded to more fit the description J.K. Rowling gives. But, he so fits the character that it doesn’t take long to get over missing the extra padding. Ie: his stomach did not precede him. He plays the part to perfection.
4. Ron’s girlfriend, Lavender Vane is it? and I am sorry I cannot remember the actresses name, but she did an excellent job also. And, that part could have been sooo overdone. But, it was perfect. Freddie Stroma, as Cormac McLaggen just made you cringe, he did such a great job as the boy with the crush on Hermoine. We’ve all known a character like him. (Thank you, Review – Half Blood Prince « Mariannabelle’s Weblog for reminding me.)
5. And, while we are on actors, I am glad to see a “character driven movie again. I think that may be what made it flow so nicely, as opposed to a couple of the other movies, where it was like watching independent scenes. One being “Goblet of Fire.”
6. I loved the way the shots worked for the close ups of Dumbledore and Slughorn. Slughorn’s makeup really added to the drama of the shot. Like I said, the cinematography was outstanding.
7. The isolation you felt for Draco Malfoy was heart wrenching: unlike every other movie. You may have felt sorry for him previously, with that father, but he was such a despicable little snot nose that you hated him. This time around, your heart ached a bit for him.
So, I, for one, in this house, absolutely recommend Half Blood Prince, my only drawback would be a spoiler, but they did something at the end that I just do not understand. It was dramatic and a wonderful scene but it really puts them in a bind when it comes to several continued subplots for the next film. I mean what about poor Hedwig and all the things in the trunk, that are needed???????
To be fair, and give the other three house members their side, although they should get their own blog for that, right? Anyway, It was mentioned that this is not a good “stand alone” movie. Even the opening scene would leave someone confused who had not seen the previous movie. One person felt too much time was spent on Draco Malfoy’s search to fix the cabinet and that Snape’s state-of-mind was not shown enough.
I need to go now. I have discovered my very own personal giant Acromantula in the downstairs bathroom. Gosh, I am glad it did not grow any bigger.