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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…
Much darker than the first film which is a plus in my book! Creativity is still alive and well! I loved the mandrakes! Entertaining as expected but it's going to be a rough ride for me as I'm already seriously jonsing for some hardcore violence and gore!
Despite all its notable flaws, I am a big fan of the childish Harry Potter saga. I grew with it, all the eight films followed my entire growth and more, all the characters from the books/films grew alongside me, these are the films that define my childhood.
After the big hits that enchanted a lot of children, such as Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, Chris Columbus seemed to be the right director to give life to J.K. Rowling's acclaimed fantasy novels. Yet, as we all know, his work was awful, I believe that the kids who grew in the eighties look at this as I look at Percy Jackson, but the truth is that my heart surrendered to his films,…
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…
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.
After the lackluster introduction that was Sorcerer's Stone, and with all formalities out of the way, it would stand to reason that the second installment in the Harry Potter franchise is at least one step up from its predecessor. To be honest, I haven't watched Chamber of Secrets all the way through in almost the ten years since its release. I've always remembered it as being a rerun of the first film, only a lot more boring and drawn out. Sitting through it now though, I have to say it's just about as perfect as it could be, for what it is.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is visited one night by a house elf and warned not to go back…
[English/ Spanish review]
The best kept secret about the second instalment of the Harry Potter saga is how it gets away with its worst screenplay, high on plot holes and nonsense while, at the same time, offering loads of iconic HP moments and creepy fun: Dobby, Dursleys cake, the Japanese golfer, The Weasley's house, a retractile hand, a flying car, Kenneth Brannagh, Jason Isaacs, the Whomping Willow, Moaning Myrtle, the Multiuice potion, Parsley, and interactive and immersive diary, some petrified students and a basilisk. Best served after leaving any kind of adult logic behind.
El secreto mejor guardado de la segunda entrega de Harry Potter es como consigue sacar adelante el peor guión de la saga, lleno de agujeros y…
Better than the first, marginally, but still hampered by Columbus' lifeless direction and detrimental adherence to the source material. Harry Potter Nazis may prefer it, but I prefer the magic of Prisoner of Azkaban.
"Why are you wearing glasses?"
"Oh, uh... reading."
"Reading? I didn't know you could read."
The only good part about this film is the Chamber of Secrets sequence. It takes on more of a mystery movie. Basically Harry and Ron become the detectives trying to figure out what the chamber of secrets is and who opened it.
Again, here we are. What's so special about the Chamber? What purpose does it serve? There's a basilisk down there, I get that, but was it just waiting for someone to awaken it this whole time? How did no one know where it was and yet Moaning Myrtle's been there for years? Why did they choose Ginny Weasley as the victim? So much unexplained.
The film has the misfortune of being based off the worst Harry Potter book. Again, executed with no personal imagination, Chamber of Secrets contains the same flaws as its source material: unimaginative plot, two-dimensional characters and more than one appearance from the dreaded deus ex machina.
Hmm, I guess this is why you rewatch movies, eh? And why you watch a series in relatively quick fashion. Chamber of Secrets is not, as I had previously thought, the worse of the two early entries in the series. I still don't think either movie works quite as well as it should, but the fun of Kenneth Branagh's Gilderoy Lockheart outshines the entirely blah drama of the first film (it always takes me a few minutes to remember exactly what kind of threat was happening in the first entry and that's not good for what amounts to a heavily modified mystery series) and there's actual menace to the happenings at the school. Of course, it's all just petrifications and…
Darker, more intense, and more serious than the first movie. Still as good as the first one. Love it. I love it.
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