Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

By XeroCube | July 21, 2009

I guess I am a purest when it comes to movies based off books. The more I think about this movie, the less I like it. Don’t get me wrong, there are several high points to the film:

But, as a whole, I found the movie extremely lacking. I found the general pace of the movie to be slow and found that David Yates (director) tended to focus a lot of screen time to items that seemed inconsequential. And then there was the whole “lack of climax” during the third act. Yes, there is an important event that takes place and it is sad, for those who love the books. However, when a book has several large sequences that, in my opinion, MAKE the book great, one would expect those sequences to get the film treatment. Not so much in HP6. Where was the Battle of Hogwarts? Where was the White Tomb? I sit through this 2+ hour film and am not treated to, arguably, the best scenes in the entire series? How disappointing… By the end of the movie, I have forgotten why I even care who the Half-Blood Prince really is…

Yes, I know I have plenty of complaints… it doesn’t mean this movie is necessarily bad, just lacking. If you haven’t read the books, you will probably love this movie. I am just a bit picky when it comes to film adaptations of novels… I would encourage you to see the film because there are some truly great moments, just go into with a heads-up on what to expect.

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5 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)”

Dave Says:
July 21st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Pate, although I agree, I as a “non-reader” of the book series still found it quite good as a movie all the way around, with the exception of one minor point: the relationship between Ron and Hermione was not buyable (in the movie). I don’t think they did the proper groundwork for developing “why” Hermione feels the way she does. No magical moment to hang on. It suffered in this area, as well as the pace ( I agree) was a bit slow. But it was enjoyable all the way around.

Alex Says:
July 21st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I read the book and liked the movie, alot. They both tell the story just in two different mediums. You critics are so cerebral about everything! Just much the popcorn and enjoy. 🙂

Beth Says:
July 21st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Were you reading my mind?I feel the same about the pace of the movie, & the lack of importance placed on the Half Blood Prince. I still cried when Dumbledore died, but was disappointed with the lack of the funeral scene, it was an awesome part of the book. And kept waiting for a big battle after Dumbledore died, but I was left unserved. I hate how they didn’t tell the story of Harry & Jenny better, that was such a good story line in the book. Too many thoughts for facebook, all in all, i liked the movie. I give it 3 stars.

Ali Says:
July 21st, 2009 at 12:42 pm

i agree

Marcy Says:
July 22nd, 2009 at 7:16 am

I don’t know I agree with Adam. With teh book there was a finality to it, there was a ok this happend now we move forward, in the movie it was like just…over. I also thought someo f the cutesy stuff was out of place. Especially at the end where Harry reveals what he has to do and Hermonie says we are coming with you and they are just standing … Read Morethere then she says, he’s ok with you and Ginny. I mean where did that come from, and what was Ron doing in the background. It was like he was thinking comeon i wanna go down to dinner. He added nothing to the scene he was just there. I liked the movie, i think it was the best of the series, i just didn’t like the end. . . like Adam 2+ hours in and at the end i was kind of let down.

I will say that was the quietest theatre i’ve ever been in. Most of the people in that room knew what was coming but you could have heard a pillow hit the floor. At the end when everyone was leaving there was no chatter it was errie!