The Fourth of July weekend is closing out and that means we've had to pound gallons of water in order to get back to work. Starting things off, we've been alerted to two of the first official reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To my relief, they are extremely positive.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviewed
Below are two reviews for Half-Blood Prince and both admit that, though the film had a shaky start, it definitely finds its way soon enough. As you might have guessed from the trailers, this Potter installment takes a serious approach to morality and mortality.
Kids’ stuff is a thing of the past in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Suddenly looking quite grown up, the students at Hogwarts are forced to grapple with heavy issues of mortality, memory and loss in this sixth installment in the series of bigscreen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Potter tales. Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such. Delayed by Warner Bros. from a late 2008 release date so as to spread the wealth after “The Dark Knight” scored so mightily last summer, this “Prince” is poised to follow its predecessors as one of the year’s two or three top-earning films.
An air of foreboding has most definitely settled over Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of Warner Bros.' fabulously successful series. David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex.
In fact, the rapidly approaching confrontation between Harry and the forces of unyielding evil led by Lord Voldemort tends to overshadow moments of comic relief or romantic escape.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to theaters July 14th.