Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Yates, 2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates, 2009)

Sadly, my favorite book of the series ended up being the worst movie of the recent batch (but still better than either of the first two). I’m trying to be fair and look at this purely as a movie, and not compare it to the book, but I just can’t help it. The book features a large amount of Voldemort’s past, and I built up the excitement of seeing Voldemort’s past on film, so I couldn’t help but be disappointed when only 15 minutes or so of the film is even dedicated to that. I feel like I’m being fair considering the book is basically a character study of Voldemort (which is what makes it so good), and the movie is not (which makes it not as good).

As he did with Order of the Phoenix, Yates gets these teenage actors to give performances that really feel like teenagers – awkward moments, moments of silence, fumbling over what you want to say, etc. – but only about half of the time. The other half features your typical Hollywood teen romance lines and situations. What is impressive about this film is the performance from all of the adult actors, and Tom Felton’s performance as Malfoy. I always figured the kid was a bad actor, but he might have given the best performance out of all, especially during the final scenes of the film. Additionally, the film looks rather nice, though a bit of a step down from the last three. Oh, and I miss the familiar soundtrack. The new one was not as good.  7.5/10

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3 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Yates, 2009)”

  1. Its always nice to see someone elses visualization of the film, but in the end theyre only that, some one elses take on a story and characters youve commited time and feelings for. I agree with the rating. Merry Xmas.

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