I can't help it. Now that it looks like a good majority of the reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are, to my relief, going to be positive, I'm thinking about posting a sample set each day until the film's release. I know, kind of ridiculous, but I absolutely love these books! Anywho, here are two more reviews coming your way.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviewed
Drew McWeeny at HitFix and Devin at Chud have both posted positive reviews for Half-Blood Prince. Check out the snippets below and be sure to click the bold links for the entire reviews.
Because I'd read the books, I realized from the moment the film began that director David Yates is working from a whole new level of confidence this time out. The movie begins with the Warner Bros shield, and then we find ourselves in the Ministry of Magic at the end of the last movie. Harry's still got blood on him, and as people push in to ask questions and the Daily Prophet starts snapping photos, everything slows down. Harry looks lost. Upset. And just before he's overwhelmed by it all, Dumbledore steps close to him, puts one arm around him, and pulls him close to protect him. That one gesture says everything you need to know thematically about this film, and from there, we cut to the main title, and I knew... just knew... that Yates was going to nail this film. And he did.
This is absolutely the best of the "Harry Potter" films so far.
Is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the best Harry Potter film yet? Oh yes. Is it one of the best films of the year? Oh yes again.
And I don't just say that through the fog of my well-known Potter fanboyism. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a remarkable achievement, a film that is moving, that is funny, that is honest and true and sad and sweet. It's a movie about characters who we have come to know and love, and it's a movie that understands that it's these characters, and not the magic they perform, that is the real hook of the series. And it's a film that is just crowded with beautiful vistas and marvelous effects and that has some of the best performances yet for this series.
Pretty incredible, right? Then check out the full reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by clicking the bold links above.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to theaters July 14th.