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

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Posted by: sue
July 06, 2009, 08:24 AM

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."

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28 Comments

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Can’t wait to see this, and ofcourse would love to a load of deleted clips on the DVD.

Posted by milesje OoM4 on July 06, 2009, 06:29 PM report to moderator
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256 Points

The more reviews that come out, the more I want to see this film!

Posted by WolfyWizard on July 06, 2009, 06:36 PM report to moderator
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281 Points

this movie sounds like it’s gonna be really good. can’t wait!

Posted by pixi jo *ROAR* on July 06, 2009, 07:52 PM report to moderator
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3271 Points

So cool! I’m so freakin’ excited to see it….. :D

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 06, 2009, 09:23 PM report to moderator
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2792 Points

Well thats a rather honest report… cant wait for the 15th taking my mummy to see it for her birthday. :D

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on July 06, 2009, 09:45 PM report to moderator
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But i don’t think that the adult actors are doing the HP movies for the screen time.

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on July 06, 2009, 10:24 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by biiigbob on July 06, 2009, 10:48 PM report to moderator
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2976 Points

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…. :D

Posted by Jade Danielle (WBM) on July 06, 2009, 11:13 PM report to moderator
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13757 Points

Can’t wait!!!

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 07, 2009, 05:28 AM report to moderator
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1373 Points

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!!!! :)

Posted by Pollytomat on July 07, 2009, 09:43 AM report to moderator
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319 Points

I’ve bought my tickets too.

Only 8 days to go! :-D

Posted by Lily_Severus on July 07, 2009, 10:13 AM report to moderator
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13757 Points

These reviews are so cool…I am so excited!!

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 07, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator
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4007 Points

i love helena!

Posted by KC Nox on July 10, 2009, 11:36 PM report to moderator
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