I remember quite well the wait for the 6th book of the Harry Potter series.I had expected lots of action,new mysteries,adventures,overall an engrossing action-packed journey(given that Voldemort had revealed himself to the world in the 5th book).But,it turned out quite different than expected, not very happening,but certainly darker,creepier one that sets you up nicely for the last book of the series.As a movie also,this one is much darker than the others but has less action than the previous ones.
The starting ,though is probably the best in a Harry Potter movie,with the Death Eaters cause
a wreckage of the town-bridge and causing panic among the Muggles.But,even at the end,that is the best thing in this movie.Not that the movie is unwatchable,but,considering its length of 2hrs 30 mins,not much happens to make you awe-struck.Harry's ventures in the Pensieve,the
light-hearted teenage romance of Harry and Ron ,coming back of Quidditch, the big revelation of Horcruxes and the adventure down the lake at the end are the high points but one is clearly disappointed by the absence of the big fight between the Order and the Death-Eaters at the end,Dumbledore's funeral and the lack of stress on "the half-blood prince",and the loopholes
that are quite disturbing.
Daniel Radcliffe is always good,but it is Rupert Grint as Ron,whose lovesick act steals the show.Jim Broadbent and Felton's Malfoy fulfill the need of the script,but Alan Rickman as Snape deserves special mention for portraying the malevolence perfectly.The cinematography,dialogues are impressive but fail to hide the loose screenplay,direction by Yates and editing.Overall,a movie that does not satisfy you fully yet a one-time watch for every Potter fan.