Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by far is one of the best adaptations of the franchise. David Yates again distances himself from Chris Columbus in his second of four Potter films (The Deathly Hallow’s is going to be a two part release). Taking us into the darkness as he captures the essence of the book’s theme and focuses on the main storyline, Yates effectively streamlines the books volume into an easy to follow movie. While purists will have wanted more of the subplots and may miss the Chris Columbus vision of focusing on the magic; the tone of the movie is in perfect alignment of the book.
The one thing that I have truly enjoyed about this franchise is watching the actors/actresses grow up and play the characters we have come to know through the readings. It’s hard to believe that it was just nine years ago that a trio of unknown British child actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were chosen to lead this franchise. The three of them continue to stay true to Harry, Hermione and Ron. Although we see less of Hermione and Ron in the Half-Blood Prince, we get to see Radcliffe’s Harry throughout. His interpretation of the character is perfect. He gives us enough of that blend of social awkwardness and loyalty that rings true to what we know so far.
My recommendation is to go out and watch the movie and then re-read the book. Make a weekend out of it, as the British say.
Before awarding the pitchforks, we here at the Devil’s Advocate Movie Review Blog (DAMRB) want to congratulate one of our own. Joe (or as we know him, little Joey) got married yesterday and while some of us couldn’t make it, just know that we all gaveyou 5 pithforks.
Getting back to the movie, for it’s adaptation, streamlining and staying true to the theme of the book, I’m giving Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 4 out of 5 pitchforks.