I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. I'm going to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tomorrow and I just needed one more round of reviews. With ours coming tomorrow, I figured I might as well point out two more for those who don't like to wait.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviews
This should be my final set, but know that every review I have read for Half-Blood Prince has been positive, and I've read a lot. But the film isn't perfect, as many of the critics do complain about the film's er, shaky opening.
I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so. "I'm just beginning to realize how beautiful this place is," Harry sighs from a high turret. The middle passages spin their wheels somewhat, hurrying about to establish events and places not absolutely essential. But those scenes may be especially valued by devoted students of the Potter saga. They may also be the only ones who fully understand them; ordinary viewers may be excused for feeling baffled some of the time.
With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos. Screenwriter Steve Kloves (his fifth Potter script) and director David Yates, the BBC veteran (State of Play, Sex Traffic) who also helmed Order of the Phoenix, concoct a potent brew of horror and romance, in which the supercool special effects — notably a swoopy-cam ride with the Death Eaters as they soar over London's monuments and through its creepiest streets — never obscure a commitment to the book's central theme. True to Rowling's portrayal of the teen experience, the film is almost wholly occupied with school: the business of getting good grades (sometimes by cheating) and the influence of inspiring or maleficent teachers. Plus, of course, sex.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to theaters July 14th.