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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 fantastic 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…
Lockhart is great, the acting is better, Ron's squeals and voice-cracks are fantastic, Hermione is sassy as fuck.
Ending could use a lot of work, though.
The underrated Potter film. Solid throughout featuring flying cars, whomping willows, screaming mandrakes, devilish pixies, wizard duels, overgrown spiders, and climaxing with The Basilisk, which remains the series best monster.
I went back to look at the two Chris Columbus-directed Harry Potter movies. These were the one that were more light fantasy and enjoyable in that light.
The usual cast is back, as Richard Harris was still with us. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson still steal the show, but Kenneth Branagh as professor Lockhart gives an excellent performance.
We still have John Williams great music, and great makeup, set decoration and special effects, but they don't have the impact of the first film.
We do so look forward to Harry growing up.
This is certainly the weakest of the potter films, which is interesting since its also one of the more important parts in the overall story arc. There is a lot of fat that could have been trimmed from this, especially that painfully long and uninteresting Quidditch match.
A big problem is with the writing, especially the over-explanations and contrived dialogue. "Of course, phoenix tears have healing powers!" Well isn't that convenient.
The basilisk is pretty cool and still holds up as a great effect. The mystery elements also work rather well. But I must say that two of the characters, Dobby and Moaning Myrtle, reach Jar Jar levels of annoyance.
Magical every time I see it.
The snake is rad. The nerdy ghost too.
Every Harry Potter film I watch will be rated 5 I don't care.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is almost three hours long.
I don't ever remember it being that long as a kid. As it passed the 150 minute mark, I seriously began to question the editing team behind this film. At least twenty minutes of this film probably could have been shaved off, and you wouldn't even notice. That being said, this is also a personal favorite of mine, as it began to introduce darker elements to the series.
The child acting was still problematic at this stage, though Radcliffe definitely improved greatly compared to the previous installment. The adult actors, of course, are phenomenal. Rickman and Harris continue to do fantastic work here. Branagh is a welcome inclusion,…
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