Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I'm a Harry Potter fan. I've read all the books and have enjoyed watching them come to life one by one on the big screen. Still, I'd sooner re-read any of the books than watch one of the movies a second time. The Harry Potter movies have somehow lacked that magical element that transports you right into the Wizarding World, as well as much of the wit and humor that make the books so much fun. But with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -- Merlin's Beard! -- I think they've finally got it right!
The elaborate sets and detailed costumes that we've come to expect are there, but this time, on top of all of that, we've got a quick moving plot and snappy dialogue. The cinematography has you moving through the Halls of Hogwarts like a Maurader up to no good and never standing still, while the action scenes are intense without dragging on too long. Helena Bonham Carter is wickedly destructive as Bellatrix Lestrange and kind of makes you want to go and break something just for the fun of it.