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Variety Review of Half-Blood Prince: Indispensable Rickman Delivers

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Posted by: sue
July 05, 2009, 04:33 PM

Variety has now posted their review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it contains much praise for the sixth installment in the Harry Potter film series. Noting that director David Yates "displays noticeably increased confidence here, injecting more real-world grit into what began eight years ago as purest child's fantas," and has made a film that is "film is clear-headed and clean-lined."

The long review notes the physical changes of the cast, but does hand praise to the efforts of the adult cast members in particular making mention of the actor who plays Professor Slughorn, saying "Jim Broadbent, who makes a terrific disguised entrance and is then simply grand as the eccentric old prof." Of note however are remarks about the performance of a critical character in the film.

"It's this chapter in the Potter saga that obliges the always nasty but ambiguously motivated Severus Snape to show his true colors, and the indispensable Rickman delivers, as always, with line readings that are delicacies of the infinitely mordant kind. He is periodically egged on by the insidious Bellatrix Lestrange, a role Helena Bonham Carter plays with such mesmerizing abandon that one hopes the role fully pays off in the final chapter.

Among the always outstanding production values and top-drawer visual effects, special note should be made of series newcomer Bruno Delbonnel's exceptionally atmospheric cinematography and Nicholas Hooper's emotionally churning score, which contains only the slightest trace of John Williams' original themes.


Thanks Taylor!

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I love Alan Rickman. No one could play Snape better.

Posted by WoodersonGal *ROAR* on July 06, 2009, 08:23 PM report to moderator
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Thats always good to read, can’t wait for it to come out!!

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on July 06, 2009, 09:54 PM report to moderator
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Yay, positive HBP reviews! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on July 06, 2009, 09:57 PM report to moderator
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rotten tomatoes gave the movie a 100%!!!

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 07, 2009, 05:01 AM report to moderator
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I love Alan! and I love Alan as Snape!!

Posted by KC Nox on July 10, 2009, 10:58 PM report to moderator
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I love Alan Rickman and he stole the show in the half-blood prince with his facial expressions. He is the perfect Snape and I love him!

Posted by crazyforSeverus on August 16, 2009, 10:24 PM report to moderator
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