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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…
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.
There's some pretty awkward line delivery in this installment of the series, but it's one of the overall early visual triumphs. It could very well be the most faithful to the book, (really only attempting to snub the "Deathday Party," if I recall) and the Chamber alone serves as a fine example of the series' masterful production design. The sound mixing is iffy, but its editing improves upon the previous effort. Overall, this film is executed amongst the growing tradition of sequels surpassing the prestige of their predecessors. (7/10)
Sunday hangover part 2.
Konsequente Fortsetzung. Interessante Geschichte, gute Effekte, etwas düsterer. Unterhaltsam.
It's bizarre how similar in tone and appearance this film is to the first. Well, maybe not that bizarre considering the box office returns. The kids all look a little older, their voices a little deeper, and the story is darker and better developed, but all feels a little redundant somehow. And it's here where Ron begins to devolve into the whiny sidekick, Hermione gets sidelined for the entire third act, and the movie goes on for 160 minutes. I guess it goes to show the absolute charm of the story that these problems don't detract from the movie all that much in my eyes.
So Harry begins his second year with an ominous warning from Dobby the House Elf…
While it may be exaggerated due to Harry Potter standing next to a house elf, but the first thing I noticed upon watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was Daniel Radcliffe's growth spurt. The second is the drop in octave in his (and Rupert Grint's) voice. Our Hogwarts students are growing up, and like the magic of the Harry Potter franchise that draws so many fans seeing the cast evolve is a fascinating add-on as well.
Tom Riddle's Diary is the linchpin in the film and is probably even scarier than the basilisk because you cannot see where it keeps its brain and instead must rely on trust which could easily be swayed. The flashbacks said diary holds…
Whenever I've watched the Harry Potter movies I've always watched whichever ones were out at the time and in sequence, so I'm not sure why it seems like so long since I'd seen this one. It has the slightly stilted, safe, Chris Columbus quality of the first movie but there's even more things that I love here than I remembered - Moaning Myrtle (fantastic Shirley Henderson), the polyjuice potion, Fawkes the phoenix (one of my favourite John Williams themes), the Great Hall at Christmas, and the beautiful final scene with the kids all clapping for Hagrid…
I remember when it first came out everybody talked about how much darker it was than the first movie - how little we knew…
Okay, so we got through one year and now Harry realizes Hogwarts School is not all that he expected. Chambers of Secrets beings Harry Potter up one more age but also more one more step closer to seeing who's out to get him. Voldemort. His true foe begins showing himself in this film as he attempts to get closer and closer to Harry as he possibly could.
On Rotten Tomatoes, their consensus for this film says it's better than the first film and I will have to disagree.
Yes, I like that it's darker and explores a whole new territory for Harry Potter. It feels a little more mature here and that part was great. However, this film is full of walking cliche's that became soooo distracting for me. There's a lot of dialogue in this too that's laughable at times when their not trying to be funny and some of the characters are just strange and awkward. And again, in a way that was distracting.
And Kenneth Branagh's character....what a waste.
That being said, those final sequences came together well enough for the film to be enjoyable overall. That and it's darker tone worked for me. But this wasn't my favorite.
Fun, but the weakest of the bunch. An overly literal interpretation of the book that fails to capitalize on some of the best surprise and mysterious moments.
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