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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Review (8/10)

Posted on November 19th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Summary:

After a very unpleasant summer being locked up in the spare bedroom at the Dursley’s, Harry is looking forward to go back for his second year at Hogwarts. Dobby, a house Elf, suddenly appears and warns Harry that he must not return to Hogwarts or else disaster will strike. But Harry ignores the warnings and is rescued by the Weasley’s in a flying car. Once at Hogwarts, Harry discovers that he is the subject of more attention and more hatred. A series of mysterious, dangerous events start occurring and a monster at school is petrifying (turning to stone) many mudbloods students (from muggle-non-magical- parents). Meanwhile, Harry hears voices, speaks Parsel Tongue (snake language) and everyone suspects that he is the one who opened the Chamber of Secrets. Together, with Ron and Hermione, guided by of Tom Riddle’s diary, which sheds light on the past, they will try to solve this mysterious and deadly secret.

Review:

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this movie will not disappoint you. Once again, the cast gives an impeccable presentation of their characters, staying mostly faithful to the novel plot and dialogue.

The new Defense against the Art Professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, played by Kenneth Brannagh, embodies his character. His shallowness and narcissism is hilarious. Lucious Malfoy, played by Jason Issacs, is pure, pompous evil. As for the old characters, from the first Harry Potter movie, they have grown more comfortable into their roles and we have grown more fond of them. Harry, Ron and Hermione have matured and the bond between is stronger.

The movie is scarier and darker than the first one. The magical knowledge is more advanced. There are more monsters and they are more credible. If you are afraid of spiders, be careful, there are gigantic, ferocious spiders that fill the screen… Yuk! Not to mention the gigantic snake. The use of the computerized special effects is great, for example Doby is a wonderful Character similar to the ones in ‘Lord of Ring’. The Quidditch match is even more detailed and exciting than in the first Harry Potter.

The movie is a bit long at 2 hrs and 41minutes. I’d rather it be a bit shorter. Still it is an excellent movie, with a fantastic cast and excellent special effects. 8/10.

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