THE WIZARDING MARATHON OF HARRY POTTER REVIEW: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” stars Daniel Radcliffe (Horns, What If), Rupert Grint (Moonwalkers, Charlie Countryman), Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah), Robbie Coltrane (Brave, GoldenEye), Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Henry V), the late Richard Harris (Gladiator, Unforgiven), Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Downton Abbey [TV series]), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Galaxy Quest), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games), Mark Williams (Father Brown [TV series], Flutter), Julie Walters (Brave, Brooklyn), Bonnie Wright (Before I Sleep, After the Dark), Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Peter Pan ), Richard Griffiths (Bedtime Stories, The History Boys), Harry Melling (Joe Mistry [TV movie], Winds of Change [short]), Fiona Shaw (True Blood [TV series], We Believed), Oliver Phelps (Danny and the Human Zoo [TV movie], Own Worst Enemy), James Phelps (Ward 3, Patchwork), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Against the Sun), Robert Hardy (Sense and Sensibility, All Creatures Great and Small [TV series]), Matthew Lewis (Bluestone 42 [TV series], Me Before You), David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Strain [TV series]), Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), and John Cleese (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda). It is directed by Chris Columbus (Bicentennial Man, Heartbreak Hotel) and the screenplay is written by Steve Kloves (Racing with the Moon, Flesh and Bone). It is based on the J.K. Rowling book of the same name. Harry Potter (Radcliffe) is back at Hogwarts once again for his second year, but so is the mystery. When residents of Hogwarts begin to show up frozen stiff, or petrified, all signs point to the Chamber of Secrets, a room hidden somewhere in Hogwarts unknown to anyone of its location. Harry and his friends must investigate this case before anymore of his pals end up petrified.
Here we are at “The Chamber of Secrets.” Thankfully I haven’t seen this several times, so I could actually sit through it without trying to distract myself. Sequels are never as good as their originals and, although this one isn’t as good as the first, what I notice about these Harry Potter films is that they are all actually really good on their own level. When I watch these, I never feel like it’s a cash grab or the company is running out of ideas. J.K. Rowling’s books are filled with brilliant stories that could make any movie grand. I have never read a Harry Potter book (I tried, but didn’t succeed), so I can never judge if these follow closely to the book. I can however say that whoever reads the books finds the movies just as entertaining because of how popular the films are. With “The Chamber of Secrets,” you will be entertained. This picture explores more creatures and offers a more in-depth view of the history of Hogwarts. I will say that this release is a lot more focused than “Sorcerer’s Stone” because of the fact that they stayed on track on their conflict throughout the whole thing, with a few minor detours as expected. This one was also funnier, with Ron (Grint) probably being the funniest character of the bunch. The acting has gotten better and that is probably due to the fact that the kids are growing rapidly. Their voices are getting deeper, with the exception that they still look like children. I think the overall tone of this movie was to be lighthearted with a bit of darkness to give a scare. Most of the film feels warm, but whenever the conflict comes head on, that’s when things get spooky. We learn more of Voldemort, which is probably the most interesting aspect of this movie, as well as Draco Malfoy. (Felton) He only served as a mean kid that insults Harry and his friends, but at least he got more screen time. One other things I should say is the special effects have gotten a whole lot better. It’s funny how a couple of years can make visual effects reach new heights. Dobby (Jones) is an example if this. The issues I found with this picture all lie on the same idea: it is structured the same as the first. It’s a clever idea since the first film is very good, but this often creates scenes that feel repetitive. I found this in the quittich match mostly. SPOILER ALERT IN NEXT SENTENCE: Harry is having to dodge a bad spell from someone on the outside, he has to catch the snitch, and ends up flying towards the ground catching it in the last second. END OF SPOILER. We’ve all seen this before and it’s hard to ignore it. Other than that, I couldn’t find anything massively problematic with this. It’s a fun adventure that both kids and adults will enjoy. I had a great time watching this. FINAL SCORE: 87%= Juicy Popcorn
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