I’m torn right now because The Prisoner of Azkaban has been my all time favorite Harry Potter movie but Half-Blood Prince might just take it’s place. Scott and I went to see this on Saturday and I have to tell you I almost screamed at one point and cried at another. I know these books forward and back and this movie still elicited a very strong emotional response from me.
In the Half-Blood Prince Harry and his friends are much more mature than in previous movies. They are making more adult decisions and faced with ever increasingly hard situations. Harry faces another year at Hogwarts but this time Dumbledore is showing Harry more and more about Tom Riddle who grew up to become Lord Voldemort. Dumbledore is preparing Harry for his destiny to face Voldemort and destroy him.
David Yates the director kept a lot of the same style that he used in Order of the Phoenix which I thought was so smart. The way the Death Eaters fly around is truly inspired. And the way the Pensieve works is amazing.
Speaking of Death Eaters, Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favorite parts of these movies. She is the perfect wicked witch. And Mrs. Malfoy was superb.
The bits with Won Won and Lavender are disgustingly hilarious. In fact Ron continues to be the humor in the film and it’s brilliant.
Young Tom Riddle is so beautiful it’s hard to imagine the horror that he grows in to. There are some bits that they threw in that weren’t in the book but believe me they only furthered the story and kept things moving.
I LOVE this movie. I totally want to see it again and then I want to own it so I can watch it over and over. Now, the movie is rated PG but it’s very, very suspenseful. My oldest is 8 and I would not even think about taking him to this movie. I would rather wait until he was older and could really appreciate the beauty of the more mature relationships and the darkness that surrounds the whole movie. The choice that Malfoy has to make at the end. Oh man, there is so much in this movie that is just incredible.
As for my favorite I think Prisoner of Azkaban takes it for beauty and style but Half -Blood Prince takes it for real life drama. I honestly felt like I was watching real events, especially with the blossoming love in the story.
I know I’m not the only one that saw it this weekend. What did you guys think?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is in theaters now.