Running Time: 153 Minutes
Release Date: 15-Jul-2009
One Sentence: I have not read this book yet.
This review is placed under the file of big fan, that has not read this book yet. So please take that into account when reading this review.
I knew this movie was coming, and by knew it was coming I don't mean the movie itself. I mean the overall feel, tone, darkest before the light feeling that Harry Potter 6 presents to all of us. We were left after Pheonix with a sense of slight trimuph but a feeling of something darker coming. The Half Blood Prince is that darker coming. The life of Harry Potter the boy is over, and Harry Potter the man appears before us in Prince, weather or not he is ready for it and ever harder, darker choices and issues face him.
The Half Blood Prince is a slow ominous story, that has so little that is bright and cheery that it might give you the sense that there will never be a light at the end of the tunnel. Loss, death, danger, and confusion are all prevelant here and they are pulsing inside everyone on screen. The right choices, who to trust, who is faithful and who is not are questions the characters are asking themselves and you are asking yourself as well. In the end there are far more questions than answers, and you are left feeling empty, hollow and sad. Which is exactly how you are supposed to feel, I suspect.
HP6 crafts a wonderful movie, and a visually stunning CG world together, to make the far darkest of the Harry Potter series, and for that I say that this movie is excellent. Even now as I write this I sit here weakened and sad, with my head a buzz of what just happened and what truck ran me over. I think there could have been more but at already 2.5 hours long they could not fill in all the gaps, so I will read the book now and get those questions answered. I have always accepted that the movies were going to be lacking some of those things, and for that I do not fault the movie at all. So yes, HP6 is probably exactly what you are expecting and is exactly what it is supposed to be, and does it in a way that make me glad that David Yates was given the last 3 movies to direct. Go see it in the theater.
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