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Movie Review: ‘The Half Blood Prince’ is a worthy succesor

23 Jul

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG) 153 min.

 

cinemagrade A-Okay, I’ve been sitting on this one awhile. Being incredibly busy and having a ton of films to write-up, I haven’t gotten much chance to post lately and wanted to be able to hit several at once. So, consider this the first of a flood of new reviews rolling out over the course of today and tomorrow. And there is no better place to start than with David Yates’ newest inclusion in the Harry Potter series.

I saw HP6 last Thursday and it took me a few days to parse exactly how I felt about it. Admittedly, it took me a little while to warm up to this new Harry. I have enjoyed all of the Potter movies, including the two that jump-started the series, and I’ve read all of the books. In particular, I remember devouring Half-Blood Prince shortly after returning from my honeymoon; sitting curled up next to my wife in our small but cozy apartment, caught up in this tale of the ‘Boy Who Lived’ and his growing battle with ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’. Continue reading

Half Blood Prince conjures up new featurette

21 May

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This summer is turning out to be something of a mixed bag. There are several interesting movies hitting in May, but after that anything of substance is scattered over the following three months. Of those remainder, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is probably the one I’m looking most forward to, at least as big blockbusters go.  Bringing back David Yates, the director of the quite good last installment, Prince goes both darker and lighter places than its predecessors. Theres more humor, more teen interaction and a graver sense of peril for both the human and wizard worlds. Outside of an odd PG rating, which raises eyebrows as to how much of the book’s final conflict has been excised, this new Potter looks about as close to a sure thing as you can get without having the name Pixar on it.

It gets even better with the release of this new featurette from Warner Bros. which details the production of the movie and gives us some new scenes. The character work and relationships were the heart of  the book, and it was character work that shined most brightly in Yates last installment, so things just keep looking up for this Half-Blood.

See the featurette HERE.