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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Hogwarts is back in session.
Everyone's favorite novice wizard, Harry Potter, continues his high-flying adventures at Hogwarts. This time around, Harry ignores warnings not to return to school - that is, if he values his life - to investigate a mysterious series of attacks with Ron and Hermione.
The on-screen adaptation of the sequel to Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone takes us on yet another whimsical journey of magic & wonders and covers Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. But even though it is a pretty faithful adaptation of its source material, it doesn't add anything new at all to the world we already witnessed in its predecessor and simply moves the story forward without providing any improved feeling of freshness or excitement.
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets begins with Harry Potter being warned by a house-elf against returning to Hogwarts which, as obvious, he ignores. With friendship getting stronger & rivalries becoming more intense, the second year is full of surprises for our young…
The early Harry Potter films built the Hogwarts world beautifully by recreating exactly what J K Rowling put on paper. We all had our own ideas and let our imagination run wild as we read how she described the magical world of witches and wizards, but seeing it on celluloid really brought it to life for me. I'm one of those people where sometimes the film actually is better than the book.
With this second installment the bonds between the three main characters continued to strengthen as they all started to find their feet at Hogwarts. It starts badly of course for Harry as his treatment from the Dursley's continues to look like child abuse, but with friends like Ron…
Following the rampant box-office success of The Philosopher's Stone, it was inevitable the rest of JK Rowling's magnum opus of Harry Potter books would be adapted for the silver screen, starting of course with the sequel, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets; and it becomes clear from very early on, that any positives or negatives you may have found on the first film in said saga, by and large you're going to encounter here. With Chris Columbus returning on directorial duties and the entire principal cast for another run around, supplemented by another lovely John Williams score, Chamber of Secrets allows you to stroll back calmly into an established world that only gently begins to inch forward in terms of…
Nice to see a young Justin Bieber getting his acting break as Dobbie the House Elf, wish he'd stuck to acting.
I never knew that these movies were so long! I must give the filmmaker some credit for filling these Harry Potter flicks with such an high tempo that it never feels stretched at all. Second thought: the performances of the child actors has greatly improved. It still is a bit cringing at times, but it surely isn’t the B-movie standard that I saw watching the series’ opener. What the maker hasn’t learned though, is to translate the books onto the screen in a fashion that does not rely on unexplained events (I imagine this must be very annoying for those who have not read the books). The best sum-up, for me, would be to say: an improvement over the first film, but with identical flaws. Looking forward to revisit the third instalment, seeing as it is hailed as one of the series’ best.
As good as its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is silly sometimes, but is undeniable that the Hogwarts universe has some charm.
- nicht viel Neues
- Schauspiel (Kinder)
Die Kammer des Schrekens ist der 2. Teil der Harry Potter Reihe. Leider hat dieser Teil nicht viel neues zu bieten. Der Look, die Kindlichkeit usw. sind fast identisch zum 1. Teil. Dies sind auch die grossen Schwächen des Films. Er dient nur dazu bei, den Plot etwas weiter zu bringen. Die Effekte (Monster, usw) sind im Jahre 2015 wiederum veraltet und wirken künstlich. Auch die Kinder liefern wieder mittelmässiges Schauspiel. Trotz diesen Schwächen erzählt der Film eine schöne Geschichte über Rassismus (Schlammblut) und zeigt auf wie dumm dieses Gedankengut ist. Das Thema wird tol lin die Zauberwelt übertragen. Ansonsten sind der Humor und die Kreativität aus dem Buch wiederum genial.
Insgesamt aber nicht viel Neues und daher etwas weniger Punkte als der erste Teil.
Fantasyfilm / Franchise:
As my BRIDGE OF SPIES cinema trip got postponed the next of the Potter revisits went on, its great fun for 2/3 but the length and ending kills it.
All of the puberty was went through between years one and two.
The 2nd instalment of Hazza P
I actually found myself pleasantly surprised by the second instalment of the Harry Potter franchise as it is often regarded as the weakest of the entire series. It had been a while since I had seen the Chamber of Secrets and there were a lot of fun and exciting moments in this movie - Dobby's antics at the start, the flying car, the introduction to Tom Riddle - and all-in-all it builds on the first film pretty well. There are plenty of flaws, admittedly, with the child acting still pretty poor for the most part and the darker tone feeling a bit jarring this early in the series, but it's not as bad as some make out. It's a solid sequel that helps the world-building and the development of the characters even if it pales in comparison to some of it's successors.
Marginally improved, but still largely superficial.
I've somehow seen this one more than any of the other ones. I dont know if that means i enjoy it the most or what. Has a better tone and some neat mystery but Dobby is the worst thing ever, even if he is voiced by Toby Jones.
The sequel follows pretty much the same formula which the first did, with many plot points feeling overly familiar from the first. The difference is the acting is more noticably awkward, Emma Watson gets less to do and the effects are more polished. Still, we get great material involving Harry's fears of his past, and Kenneth Branagh is flamboyantly fab as Gilderoy Lockhart.
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