It’s FINALLY here. David Yates, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent, Bonnie Wright, and many more hit theaters July 15th at 12:01am. It’s already sold out hundreds of theaters across the country, but is it worth it? Absolutely. If you can wait, the experience will be even better in IMAX, but the story and the visuals hold up no matter what theater you’re in.
First and foremost, there will be no spoilers in this review, so you can all just calm down. It’s time for the good, the bad, and the plot…
A now, much more mature Harry Potter starts his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s never an easy task for him to make it to school and this film is no exception. With the help of a good friend he makes it back and once there discovers an old book mysteriously marked “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” in the new teacher, Horace Slughorn’s class. With the help of Dumbledore, Harry begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. Meanwhile, everyone in the school appears to be hormone crazy and Harry, Hermoine, and Ron all deal with their own versions of love.
Special Effects: Eat your heart out Michael Bay. I didn’t even see the film in IMAX and the special effects were still some of the best I’ve seen. Some of the outside shots of the castle are absolutely brilliant. Spectacular no matter what screen you see it on.
The Acting: Phenomenal. I could (and might) write an entire piece just on their acting. It’s amazing to see the main trio all grow up and be able to perform so well. Although there were a few stand-out performances….
Alan Rickman: every line he says is spot on. You never know if you can trust him and his voice sends shivers down your spine.
Rupert Grint: His character had the best and most relatable story line. He’s not super smart, he’s not gifted, and he’s not the best looking guy around, BUT he’s always there when you need him and he always gives his best even when others around him are doing better. He doesn’t give up, he keeps trying.
All Grown Up: The characters, the story, the issues, everything has matured. Part of me enjoys seeing them as young adults, but part of me wishes they were still little kids running around with wands.
Honest to the Book: Even when I was hoping it wouldn’t be. Although, as always, the book has more than the movie, but that has come to be expected.
Over/Under Explaining: There are a few scenes that are repetitive and other scenes which feel completely under explained. I didn’t need the plot points explained to me over and over again, we all know Tom Riddle is evil, I needed to know why certain things were happening for no apparent reason.
Half-Blood: I get what it means, but can someone explain why the hell that matters so much?
Ginny: Bonnie Wright may be a great actress but I have yet to see them give her a chance to prove it. She plays a pivotal role in this film and yet has no arch. She had very few lines and I never truly saw what was so desirable about her.
Stand Alone: This film doesn’t stand alone as much as some of the other ones. One film always leads to another, but this film left me a touch unfulfilled.
The reason I enjoyed this film is that I love the characters, but it did feel a touch lack-luster. Although we have seen tragedy in the Potter films before, this film has a much more serious tone, which was balanced out with some cheesy and not always perfect moments. That being said, for all it’s fault, it’s still one of the best films to see this summer and I enjoyed every minute of it