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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.
The second film in the series is, in my opinion, slightly better than the first. There is more action, and a few scary scenes that are punctuated by comedy. It does all this while maintaining the love and friendship thread that began in the first film.
Many of the plot beats are familiar, but the charm of the previous film is still found in here.
The plot once again resolves around a mystery in Hogwarts, this time centering around the chamber of secrets, which holds the secret for the recent attacks on school students.
The special effects have noticeably improved, and the filmmakers accept the challenge of introducing more fantastical elements. That said, just like in the previous film, the cinematography isn't very impressive, doing what it needs to do, but nothing more than that.
Some elements in the plot also open up certain questions, like Gilderoy Lockhart not covering up his incompetence very well, as some of his decisions are directly in conflict with his…
This was on ABC Family, and I decided to just sit down and watch it parts of it. Still probably my 2nd favorite Potter film, behind the final one, mostly because of goddamn nostalgia. This was my favorite film when I was like 8, so there's pretty much no reason why I shouldn't have a soft spot for this. Not to mention the incredible plot, worthy acting, and dazzling sequences. Not one moment was I bored.
Could have been as good as the first movie if it wasn't that long.
Dues Ex Phoenix
My current running theory is that how good a Harry Potter film is directly related to how long Hermione is around to distract us from how unlikable Harry is. In this respect, Chamber of Secrets only hurts itself.
This film has the best world-building out of all eight, by far.
A bit clumsy on the narrative side - it feels rushed even at 160+ minutes - but still a fun ride.
This film sees a marked improvement in the acting stakes that makes the film a lot better and dare I say it bearable, but that certainly gives the impression that I didn't enjoy the first. I have enjoyed both an awful lot more this time around and there is definitely a cute quality upon reflection of these films.
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