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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've just rewatched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , and I noticed something particular . When Harry and the Weasleys were in Flourish & Blotts ( the wizard bookshop in Diagon Alley ) , they encountered the Malfoys . You see Draco ripping out a page out of a book . Nothing so special you should think . He's just a little prick who doesn't care about other people their possessions . But what if it's more than that ? What if that page is the page that Harry and Ron found in Hermione's hand when she was petrified ? Well , let's go into it . Why should Draco steal that page ? His family isn't pour or…
My favorite of the series.
Though it fails to capture the darkest parts of Rowling's second instalment, Chamber of Secrets is still a satisfying movie experience, with Kenneth Branagh excelling in the role of Gilderoy Lockhart.
A very good follow on to the first movie, the Basilisk looks how I always imangined it from the books and the character development is brilliant, less annoying moments from Colin Creevey who appears every few pages in the book is a huge plus.
Felt a lot like the Philosopher's Stone. A little more serious and even the visual effects, as well as the look of the film, have improved. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, although it had a run time of 160 minutes, was enjoyable.
Eu como fã da serie Harry Potter confesso que no começo não esperava nada muito promissor com os filmes. O primeiro veio e foi muito divertido, tivemos uma aventura bela, muito bem construída e com uma ótima fotografia também. E Chris Columbus também não seria um grande diretor para dar continuidade a serie. Mas no segundo capítulo da serie, A Câmara Secreta ele faz um filme inferior ao antecessor. Porém, ainda, o filme é razoável.
Harry Potter, de volta à casa de seus maldosos tios adotivos, está passando as férias antes de seu segundo ano na escola de feiticeiros. Um elfo doméstico, Dobby, chega a seu encontro para alertá-lo a não voltar, pois correrá grandes perigos caso o fizer. Logicamente,…
Chris Columbus delivers again in the second installment of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. Staying true to the whimsy and magical feel of Harry's world, while also introducing darker themes, "The Chamber of Secrets" pulls us even further into the world of our favorite childhood books.
'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' switches gears and goes down the dark path, which is a bonus because I personally love darker films. The sense of wonder and adventure is still present and provides us with a deep and dark story of Hogwarts' past that comes back to life for our three heroes.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) have great chemistry on screen and showed improvement in their acting skills. This film feels a bit too long, but then again maybe that's not a bad thing because we really get an in-depth look into this story and as a fan of the books the director and the behind the scenes workers did a phenomenal job of bringing the words to life even more than the first film.
Fun and entertaining. I read the book a while ago so I don't remember enough to compare the two. Freakin' long, though.
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