Early Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Now Online


Jun 27, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

A staffer at Hollywood.com attended an earlyl screening today of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and has now posted his review online. A very positive review, the author even titles the piece “Mr. Potter, Meet Mr. Oscar.” The reviewer writes he was not a huge fan of the series before, however now:
“stand back because now the Potter-loving
beast in me has been unleashed after having witnessed a film that was
not only exquisite in its production values, but was also charming,
funny, scary, enchanting, moving (stop me, the adjectives could go on
and on) and dare I say, sexy. Brilliantly directed by David Yates (he
directed 2007′s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
is a tour-de-force that combines style and substance, special effects
and heart and most importantly great performances from all of the
actors young and not-so-young.

Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter himself, has evolved into a really fine young actor who
gives the film its emotional core. However, if Radcliffe is the heart, Michael Gambon
is the film’s soul as Albus Dumbledore; Gambon gives a powerfully
subtle performance as the de-facto father figure to young Mr. Potter.
Of course, the always great Alan Rickman gives another menacingly creepy and memorable turn as the evil and
duplicitous Severus Snape. The cinematography, music, set design and
costumes are all amazing, and the film has a truly rich look to it
reminiscent of the best of the old-school Hollywood epics.

40 Responses to Early Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Now Online

Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: Congratulations, cast and crew!! And a congrats to David Yates!! Can't wait to see it!Avatar ImageRavenclawGal14 says: i cant wait!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: oh good, i'm glad that it's so positive! :)Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: This makes me even more excited for HBP! =) 17 days...Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Sounds good. Glad that the people who have actually seen it say that it's good.Avatar ImagePhoebe of Gryffindor says: omg yay! Im soooo excited to see it! Wooo! :DAvatar ImageLiderc says: So it begins. I believe it's time for me to start blinding myself from all the reviews and new sneak peaks, so that I may enjoy the actual show=PAvatar ImageRhiannon7 says: Squeeeee! Only 19 days. Wow! Fabulous review. I would love HBP to get nominated for something other than set decoration. Squeeee! _Runs frantically in a circle_Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Well, I sure am glad to hear that!Avatar ImageDylanAqua says: Um, how about details of what's in, what's out? Specifics are needed!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: OHHHH only 17 more days to go!!!Avatar ImageLloyd says: Sounds like nothing new... we knew it would be great!Avatar Imagekcat22 says: Hopefully I like it that much!Avatar Imagemaxpower says: I agree with Liderc. I think this is the one and only review I will read. I am glad it was a glowing review however!Avatar ImageGreat Uncle Algie says: can't wait!Avatar ImageHPHealer says: I am really excited...although this reviewer does not sound like a fan of the series, and as we all know- the fans are the hardest to please! Personally I am still a little nervous about the Harry/Ginny kiss... I hope they do it right!Avatar Imagehermionegirl7 says: Wow, that's really fantastic! It's less than three weeks away now! Avatar Imagejonfrog says: i wish i was the press.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: YAY! Its getting closer now....Avatar Imagemollywobble says: What's interesting is Paul Dergarabedian, the author, is a box office analyst. This was written for his blog (click on his name in the story). He's known for stating the blatently obvious like, "Fans of the Alien and Predator movies will like Alien vs. Predator." So he's really not a movie critic (and I don't think he intended this to be consider a formal review, just his opinion), but he has been around the industry for 16 years. I'm sure he knows when a movie is crap or not. I'm happy he liked it. Normally no one confuses "Potential oscar blockbuster" with a really bad movie. So yay!Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: im glad he didnt say it was horrible....but since he wasnt a hardcore fan i dont know how well informed of the book he is....most hp fans will judge off of that....but still i cant wait!!!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: I don't know if I want to read this... I don't want too know too much of the film!!Avatar Imagelunalove678 says: This is really exciting news!!. it makes me even more excited for this film (thought I don't know how that is possible, actually... : ) ). Sounds like this one will be the best one yet!Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: WOW! Amazing review, that's fantastic! OK, excitement for HBP has now overtaken excitement for DH again... at least for the short-term. :) Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! And *Rhiannon* don't forget Leaky's countdown clock is still set to the Friday release, it's only 17 more days, for real! Whoohooooo!!!!Avatar ImageMatea says: Oh my God Oh my God!!! This was brilliant!!! I started tearing up O_o thank you so much for this wonderful review!!! Can't wait!!!! HBP soon!!! finally!!! Harry Potter fans -the happiest population from today!!!Avatar Imagejoelface says: awesome Avatar Imagecghambright says: Yikes!!! I'm so excited!!! I was already really excited, but reading this review has me siked! After seeing all the trailer I think HBP is a sure bet for some kind of Special Effect Oscar, but a Best Picture nomination would be AWESOME!! But I have a feeling the Hard-core Harry Potter fans are going to be the toughest critics. lol. Only we could find fought with a perfectly good movie. Avatar Imagesirius17 says: OMG I can not wait!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: cant wait!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagevicky granger says: That is GOOD news ! If a non-HP freak liked the movie, then we are going to LOVE it !Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: great!!! and yeah! those actors are really great! I can't wait for the movie!!! I wanna see Dan and the others!!!Avatar ImageHiren58 says: IF THE REVIEW IS GOOD I BET THE FILM WILL BE!!!....this has made me even more eager to watch HP6...congrats David Yates:)Avatar ImageMuggle Mommy says: I am so excited to read this review!!! Could the next 18 days go any faster??Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: geez! I'm just Dying to see it now! as a hufflepuff would say, Squeee! Avatar Imagekamidee says: :O I want to see movie now! RAWR! LOL nice to see a positive review, especially of Gambon. Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: Very Excited!Avatar Imagesimos says: Thats good news ! Avatar ImageDolemite says: Better than a bad review.Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: its nice to here some positive things.. even if he said he hated it i would still see it i dont take the reviews so seriously Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This positive review has only convinced me that I need to locate the nearest Time-Turner and use it to travel to the midnight showing of the movie.

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