July 15, 2009: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in theaters at 12:01 a.m.
July 15, 2009: Tif attends Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 5:00 p.m.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been one of my most anticipated movies of the year! I am a huge fan of the series and simply cannot get enough of it! In fact, I have started re-reading the books (AGAIN!). It is a series that I have been able to pick up again and again and again. And, I will probably continue to do so for many, many more years. So, over the past few weeks, I have been attempting to arrange childcare for my kids in a new city in order for my hubby and I to go. Finally, this last weekend, I did it! I found someone (thankfully to an old connection!) and we were able to pull it off. Yippee!!!!
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. During the past releases, I found myself critiquing the films the whole way thru, often commentating to my hubby sitting next to me . . . "Oh no, they left THAT out." OR "That's not really how it is in the book." OR "They left out poor Dobby again!" However, this time, I felt that I enjoyed the movie more as a whole and left much of the critique for later (i.e., on the car ride home and well, here!). Maybe that's because I have not read the books since the release of the fifth movie and it is simply just not as fresh in my mind!
A lot of the reviews that I've read so far complain of the lack of action, the anti-climatic peak towards the end, and of the PG rating. For me, none of this mattered! Everything presented in this movie is setting up for a GREAT final two movies! It is NOT as action-packed as the earlier films, but it does clear up some confusion and build up relationships for the finale. The "peak" that many of the reviewers are referring to is not as detailed and exciting as in the book, but still just fine. As for the PG rating, I do find it odd that a film late in a series has a lower rating than the ones before it. Afterall, if it is recommended that a 10 year old NOT watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but can watch this latest one, won't s/he be missing out on a few details? Of course, that is if s/he has not read the books already! Just makes sense to me to have a bit of consistency or at least a gradual increase in ratings with a series!
I don't have the complaints of those published critics, but I do have some of my own! I was disappointed in some of the details or whole scenes left out of this one. Without giving away too many details, I will only mention a few key words to hint to those that have already seen it and hopefully not ruin it for others who have not . . . ring, funeral, Minister of Magic. Some of the details I think are pretty significant, others are not. I wonder if some of these details left out in this movie as well as the previous ones will be included in the final two movies. I guess I will just have to wait and see . . .
Ultimately, would I recommend it? YES! However, if you were to ask my husband who is not a huge HP fan like myself, he would probably say NO! After leaving the theater, he informed me that he almost fell asleep TWICE! Ridiculous in my opinion!! :)
Have you seen the movie yet? What do you think? (Please note spoilers before sharing specific details though!)