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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…
While still flawed with its slow editing techniques, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is overall a more enriching and rewarding return to the fantastic world set up in the solid first installment. Chris Columbus still wants to cram everything into the book, but at least in this go round, the scenes that are kept in are the ones vital to the plot of the film, and speaking of, it's great to see the franchise finally start to go a little darker. While there's still the kid-friendly juvenile humor that's annoying (like those dang ugly pixies and Moaning Myrtle... gosh I would rather kiss a llama's butt that hear her screeching voice again), I loved the continual expansion of…
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.
"First I was afraid, I was petrified..."
With this adventure into the wonderful world of wizardry, we find Harry and pals investigating a mysterious secret structure deep in the heart of Hogwarts. The “Chamber of Secrets” was originally constructed by one of the founding fathers of Hogwarts, and designed to unleash a murderous monster when his heir returned to the school. This was all prefaced by his hatred of “impure” wizards, or mixed breeds, children of parents who were not full-blooded wizards.
Again, we get introduced to a whole new cast of characters for this chapter in the franchise. There is the famous, pretty-boy of wizardry Gilderoy Lockhart (hammily played by Kenneth Branagh), who turns out to be a fraud. There is a CGI creature named Dolby.…
Tom Riddle, Lockhart y Myrtle
The Chamber of Secrets had a lot riding on it, as its predecessor was a massive success. Director Chris Columbus along with the main cast and crew all return for the second outing one year later.
This year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends uncover the mystery of a chamber hidden within the school said to contain a monsterous beast. They race to solve the case before their beloved school of Hogwarts is shut down.
The main cast again proves they were perfect choices for their roles, already showing signs of improvement. The best addition to the cast is Kenneth Branaugh's Gilderory Lockhart, a wickedly funny famous wizard filling the role of the ever changing Defense Against The Dark Arts…
The One that Everyone Hates
A pretty well directed film that carries over the fun and whimsical tone from its predecessor.
Even with Columbus still directing, a ton changed for the better with this second installment. Branagh is a much more charmingly despicable foe, the characters are given more room to breathe, and it’s a lot funnier. However, the most notable positive change is in the cinematography, as this one looks more like an actual film than a BBC special like the original looked. All around, a more intriguing mystery tale and a more confident tone make this a huge step forward for the franchise.
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