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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.
Slightly more polished. A little more action, but still not much better then mediocre. It astounds me that this series is as beloved as it is, I don't understand the free pass, though I will admit that they improve around the 4th one.
A solid second installment.
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices."
Περισσότερη δράση,σαφώς πιο βελτιωμένα εφέ και μια πιο οργανωμένη και πιο ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία.Αν και ο Columbus εξακολουθεί να χρησιμοποιεί το ίδιο ύφος και τα ίδια τρικ της πρώτης ταινίας,η Κάμαρα με τα Μυστικά καταφέρνει έστω και για λίγο,και ξεπερνάει τον προκάτοχό της.Ο κύριος λόγος που το καταφέρνει αυτό είναι γιατί η αίσθηση της περιπέτειας είναι μεγαλύτερη αυτήν την φορά,ενώ μου θύμισε την κλασσική συνταγή του original Star Wars στον τρόπο της δομής.Οι τρεις ήρωες κάνουν πλάκα,τσακώνονται αλλά στο τέλος save the day και οδηγούνται σε ένα δακρύβρεχτο φινάλε που γίνεται ακόμα πιο δακρύβρεχτο άμα αναλογιστείς πως βρισκόμαστε ακόμα στην αρχή.Και ειλικρινά στην τελευταία σκηνή ήθελα να σηκωθώ και εγώ να χειροκροτήσω τον Hagrid...
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets is my least favorite of the Harry Potter series it's bring the campiness and fun but with a 141 minute run time which is way too long it is so slow in scenes that I was totally felt lost in the movie but it brings a fun film to the series just not the way that I wanted to love like the first film but still a good film.
Rating : 3/5
I tend to clump this film in with the Philosopher's Stone since they both have a similar feel and tone. I don't mind the long running time and enjoy most of the ways that the world is deepened, although a lot of Dobby's actions feel like plot contrivances that could easily be jettisoned to streamline the film. The flying car scene seems overlong as does the Quidditch match, but never too tedious.
Overall pretty fun, but a little too cartoony (I'm surprised Lucius Malfoy wasn't given a mustache to evilly twirl) and not quite fitting with the rather dark plot. Although I enjoy Kenneth Branaugh's bumbling performance, it would have been nice to have a bit more subtlety and been…
remembered this as vastly superior to its predecessor; turns out the improvements are only marginal. boasts crisper set-pieces (with more seamless CG), a more absorbing central mystery and is less burdened by the responsibility to world-build. but columbus' prints remain, which means even its most memorable brushes with tension and cruelty are washed over by stickily sentimental scenes like all those kids in the dinner hall applauding hagrid for being innocent.
also, rupert grint is endlessly irritating in this, to the point where i wanted his backfiring wand to cause him irreversible damage.
Still a good movie. Still creepy that Mourning Murtle is played by someone in their 30s...
In my opinion, this the best movie adaptations of this series. It follows the book so closely and includes even small details that may have been overlooked by other directors. Everything from sets to costumes and spells were exactly like I pictured it to be. The set for the Chamber of Secrets itself was absolutely stunning! By this point, the characters have really come into their own and are absolutely wonderful.
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