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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.
A darker story that is told and adapted from the book very well, beautiful set pieces, another riveting score by John Williams, and a major improvement in effects, acting and direction by Chris Columbus make THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS an immense upgrade from its predecessor and one of the most underrated parts of the franchise in my opinion. I truly don’t understand why many don’t like this one that much. I really think it’s a great film.
One of the early HP's but at it's best. The story line of the Basalisk is good and is referred back to in later books which is good because of the consistency. Shock as you find out who is controlling the Basalisk and the dark magic behind it. Also Dobby is in it! Although acting from the trio is a bit wooden and unbelievable at the moment (Rupert is just acting with facial expressions) it doesn't stop it being a wonderful film.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and this is possibly the most obvious statement I have ever made whilst dictating my film reviews, but I will say it anyway this film has an overwhelming profit margin of roughly $779 million. The plot of this second installment is as follows, please keep in mind this is a brief outline because each installment is highly detailed and I don't want to spoil any surprises, the viewer meets our friend Harry Potter as he is trying to escape from his evil uncle and auntie with the help from the Weasley family. The Weasley family take Harry to their house to get ready to go back to school tomorrow. But Ron…
Apparently I've seen this before. The memories I have of it are that it was the first one; hence, why I thought I didn't like the first one very much. Turns out I kinda like the first one and it's this one that kind of bored me.
Even though the budget clearly got bigger for this one, it felt smaller. This 150min behemoth is pretty slow and more or less uninteresting since the mystery is the mystery. You don't really have any idea what's going on or why until it's all explained to you in the end. The dialogue gets a lot cheesier here and the fun, 80s score is replaced by neo-Indiana Jones music.
I didn't hate it, but probably would never watch it again. Now onto why I really started this marathon... Alfonso Cuarón!
Continuing the series' rich tradition of not containing a single bearable actor under the age of 20, with the exception of Sean Biggerstaff, and a script with all the subtlety of a head wound. This film moves like disjointed treacle but I survived on the strength of Maggie Smith's "bitch, please" looks at Ken Branagh.
Did I say they get better? Maybe I was wrong.
No, that's unfair - there is improvement here - mostly through better CG and the introduction of comedy. The spider battle in the forest, Dobby and Kenneth Branagh playing a version of what we all think he's like in real life are highlights.
Dumbledore is still Dumblesnore and the kids still can't act. Draco is so SO SOOOOOOO BAD every joint in my body was curled when he was speaking.
So glad Chris Columbus moved on and they got other directors in.
While not technically a Christmas film, the second Harry Potter film does contain a sequence taking place during the holidays and does contain that magical feel that makes it perfect viewing during the Christmas season. Delivers an interesting story about a secret chamber in the magical school and an unknown monster that turns students into stone or just kills them. It's up to Harry and his friends to solve the mystery. Slightly less interesting and exciting than the first film but a very enjoyable movie nonetheless.
Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.
One of the weaker movies of the franchise. A good second chapter to the story but it could have been much better. It's fun but it's not as exiting and magical as it's predecessor.
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