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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.
Everything about this film's production is very good. The length (2 hours and forty minutes!!!!) is horrible and makes it difficult to get through. THough annoying in this book, Dobby is worse in the movie.
With the acting, the visuals, and Chris Columbus' direction being improved upon, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an expertly paced and hugely enjoyable second installment in the franchise that manages to be better than its predecessor, with a well-written story, superb set pieces and production values, beautiful cinematography, and great characters.
This film has a somewhat darker tone than its predecessor, an exhilarating adventure, an exquisite mystery, a great story, a brilliant cast, and an amazing musical score.
23 August 2015 ★★★☆☆ 🔄
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone if you prefer) was all about striking the right tone. It gave the right kind of whimsical and magical adventure tone that the film needed, almost perfectly capturing young Harry's (and our) introduction to magic. In this regard, director Chris Columbus was the best man for the job so to speak, always finding the right way to move the story forward and frame each shot so that the tone was never lost, even if some of the darker moments of the film did lose a bit of their edge in the process.
Compared to his follow-up effort, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, that film is a master class in…
ok but tom riddle though
I am just glad that I decided to watch the Harry Potter's movies and I really need to re-watch them!
An ever so slight improvement on the first instalment, largely due to better acting from the leads and a couple of fun new characters.
On the other hand, it’s the longest film ever made and like Philosopher’s Stone, most of the second half is pretty boring, at least until the basilisk shows up. And this one is also an episode of Scooby Doo again, where another character gets unmasked as Voldemort. Why did JK Rowling think she could get away with doing that twice in a row? At least Tom Riddle’s a less dreadful character than turban dude.
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