Screen Daily on Half-Blood Prince: Technical Wizard of a Film


Jul 06, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Two more reviews of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to tell you about this morning, these from Screen Daily and The Hollywood Reporter. While THR is more like a summary of the plot with scant few remarks on the actual film, their bottom line reads “a jerky start of exposition and backstory gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter.” More notable is the review from Screen Daily, which says the film belongs to Harry and Dumbledore, but laments the amount given to the adults (‘David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and Timothy Spall’s Wormtail, for example ’ barely register’), but notes: “Most impressive of the team is a hissing Helena Bonham Carter returning
as the evil Bellatrix. With screentime scarce for supporting actors,
she certainly makes the most of what she is given. And Alan Rickman
reliably hits the right notes as the sinister Severus Snape.” The piece then points out:

“Stunningly shot by Bruno Delbonnel in metallic hues leavened by buttery
tones ’ his unique vision even brings a fresh perspective to the
inevitable Quidditch scenes – this Harry is certainly a technical wizard of a film. While Prince
never quite builds up to bone fide set pieces, sequences such as
Dumbledore’s Moses moment parting the waves, or Bellatrix laying waste
to Hogwarts’ famed dining halls, are individual classics. The thumping
beats of Nicholas Hooper’s score bear little resemblance to the
original and the overall effect is much less twee, much more grown-up.”

28 Responses to Screen Daily on Half-Blood Prince: Technical Wizard of a Film

Avatar ImageDorisTLC says: I can't wait to see this movie - I've already bought my tickets! Avatar Imageliv-wa says: sooo excited! It's almost here!!!Avatar Imagehereward says: Shame so many great actors only get a few minutes of screen time. Since they are on set and all made-up, they should get them to act a load of scenes straight from the book and put them as extras on the DVD. Why not?!Avatar ImageFrits says: Very nice idea, hereward! But I think that the actors would them demand more money and the DVD would cost way to much! I hope that one day the entire series will be adapted to the srceen again, but this time for TV. That way they could include every single scene and we fans would be really happy! Avatar Imagejenge says: I've always thought the same hereward!Avatar ImageFresca says: The dance moves from the extras scenes were certainly worth watching. I liked Hereward's idea. I hope we do get to see some of the deleted scenes. I know that they meed to tighten up a movie and delete some scenes, but it is fun to see the expanded scenes such as the Yule Ball, from the last movie, with the guy playing the bagpipes in the Weird Sisters band! Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: From what I have seen in the trailers and the footage that has been released so far, I am absolutely convinced that this film is going to tower over the rest in terms of cinema from a technical standpoint. Both the score that Nicholas Hooper conceived and the cinematography that Bruno Delbonnel used have never ceased to astound me.Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: cant wait to see bellatrix <3 i love helena bonham carter =DAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I dont care what there reviews say i still cant wait to see it. Id still want to see it if they said it was the worst movie of all time. I know itll be awesome.Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: you know, if reviewers who couldn't care less about hp like the film this much, it stands a good chance to become my favorite (sorry PoA, I'll always love you!). only EIGHT days. Avatar Imagedanaskeeter says: Do we really need good reviews to make us want to see this film! No!!! I don't care if they say it's the worse thing they've ever seen...I'll still be there on July 15!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I just really hope it was worth the wait...Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Holding the exitement is getting too hard for me.....Avatar Imagesimos says: This is soo teasing , aaahhh!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Why isn't July 15 here yet? WHYYY!Avatar Imagemilesje says: Can't wait to see this, and ofcourse would love to a load of deleted clips on the DVD.Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: The more reviews that come out, the more I want to see this film!Avatar Imagepixi_jo says: this movie sounds like it's gonna be really good. can't wait! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: So cool! I'm so freakin' excited to see it..... :DAvatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: Well thats a rather honest report... cant wait for the 15th taking my mummy to see it for her birthday. :D Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: But i don't think that the adult actors are doing the HP movies for the screen time.Avatar Imagebiiigbob says: July 15 will get here when it gets here. Not a day sooner, nor a day later. Focus on other things, and the date will SEEM to get here sooner. (RIGHT!!!! And I'm not just as anxious for July 15 to get here as everyone else! ) This will be good.Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Once again positive comments about Helena and Alan...I'm getting even more pumped up! "...much less twee, much more grown-up." Oh, I'm even MORE excited every single day.... :DAvatar ImageGTHunter says: Can't wait!!!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: The DVD extras is an excellent idea! I'm sure there are dozens of deleted scenes which could be so interesting for fans. +++ 153 minutes!!! Hurrai!!!! :) Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: I've bought my tickets too. Only 8 days to go! :-DAvatar ImageGTHunter says: These reviews are so cool...I am so excited!!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: i love helena!

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