In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. Written by
Wanting to bring a different look to this film, director 'David Yates (II)' chose French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, known for his use of stylized color palettes that often feature prominent earthy tones. At first the film was extensively color graded and due to the overly dark tones, Warner Bros. asked Yates and Delbonnel to add more colors to the film, as they could barely see a thing on screen. Both Yates and Delbonnel were hesitant to do this at first, but after retouching some of the scenes Delbonnel realized that he had overused the grading and the final product was better. Yates remarked Delbonnel's work on the film as "The choice of angles, the extreme close-ups, the pacing of the scenes...It's very layered, incredibly rich." It was the first (and ultimately only) film in the Harry Potter series to be nominated for a Cinematography Oscar. See more »
On the first train ride, back to Hogwarts, when Harry is talking to Ron and Hermione, the train is moving forward. When we see Malfoy talking to his friends, the train is moving backward. See more »
As a movie it's the most well crafted of the series. But as an adaptation of the book, it was by far the worst.
Let me say this. Half Blood Prince as a movie alone was very good. It stands it's ground as a film better than any of the others of the series. But only as a film. And only because there are so many parts to a film. This installment obviously stepped everything up a notch: the cinematography, the special effects, the darker score, the improved acting, etc... But the key element which was boosted this franchise into world-class fame, is the story. And in this one, it's just not there. As a fan of the books and having had no SERIOUS gripes with any of the other films, I must say i HATED the screenplay for this one. Everything that made the book amazing was ripped from the film, and instead replaced by annoying large quantities of romantic subplot. Yes, there is romance in the sixth book but not shoved down your throat. JK Rowling masterfully crafted a novel that was perfectly balanced. The romance was there although it didn't detract from the main plot and at times was intertwined with the larger goings-on at hogwarts. In the movie the romance takes up most of the screen time. Not to mention the ending of the film was brutally butchered.
So much time could have been detracted from the silly romances to focus on more important things which were completely ommitted or deliberately changed. The ending is extremely anti-climactic and once it's over it'll leave you in your seat thinking "it's over?"
My final gripe with this movie is that it really should have been PG-13. If you've read the novel then you know the subject matter is MUCH darker and the story would have been done greater justice with just a higher rating(and a better screenwriter, yes i'm looking at you Steve Kloves).
Overall as a movie i'd give it an 8 out of 10.
But as a HARRY POTTER movie it gets 4 out of 10. And that's pushing it.
Well heres to 2010 to see how they screw up the finale. Oh wait, they already did. I didn't know there were 8 years at hogwarts...
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