|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince review
||[Jul. 19th, 2009|04:33 pm]
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Richard Harris is truly missed. He had a certain whimsy and charm as an actor that many others never manage to achieve. Other than Camelot, he rarely found a role that suited his charm until the Harry Potter movies came along. It's funny, he went from playing kings like Arthur to playing wizards like Dumbledore and even though he was only in the first two movies when watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince his subtle magic is a vast difference to Michael Gambon's bland allure.|
This movie focuses heavily on Dumbledore as he and Harry review memories of people who knew Voldemort. Of special interest is the memories of one Professor Horace Slughorn who may hold the key memory that explains Voldemort's tremendous endurance. The problem is how to get to the story when Slughorn is doing all he can to avoid it. The Half-Blood Prince also contains the usual Potter sorcery and strange ends
After all this time with Harry Potter it's difficult to figure out where the the actor begins and the character ends. Is Emma Watson playing shrill and stiff because that's the way she sees Hermione? Is Daniel Radcliff glum and stoic, or is that the way he has to play Harry? Either way it fits the characters perfectly. Particularly, Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood she's quirky and very funny. It's hard to tell if it's just the actress or the character. There is no doubt that Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley) is a comic genius. He was very funny in the previous film and absolutely rules in this one when he plays a suddenly lovestruck Ron. Mooning over. . . Well, the moon, falling over stuff and suddenly being buddy, buddy with Slughorn. It all makes for some very good bits in the overall story.
I'm really impressed with the almost throw away CGI magic bits peppered through the movie. Whether it's the owl on Dumbledore's podium or the pictures that move or the wand blasts, they all fit in with out being obvious. In The Half-Blood Prince the effects enhance the story and don't run the story, which a lot of movies don't seem to get. (Cough, Trans, Cough, formers, Cough)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fine movie with some great things in it. It is said Harris played King Arthur as a man with greatness thurst upon him, but I can't help but wonder how he would played Dumbledore in this key moment for the character. As a man born to magic, or a man with magic thurst upon him?