Escape to the Movies: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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GrandAdmiral:

Attempting to avoid as many spoilers as I can, the bit towards the end. Four or five high-power evil wizard break into Hogwarts and kill (someone important). Hmmm... What should we do now. Should we, perhaps, slaughter the population of the school thereby depriving the good guys of their main body of recruits and take possession of what looked to be their only defended facility? NO, let go down the the great hall, break some windows, laugh evilly and walk out. And yet everytime Dumbledore gets Harry to do his dirty work he goes to great lengths to emphasise their terrible situation and how everyones lives depend on it. Well unless everyone is really clumsy and fatally slip on broken glass there didn't seem to be a whole lot to worry about.

I could go on. Don't get me started. You were warned

Grand Admiral

Yes the movie comes across like this but that's more down to the rating PG/12A whatever the hell it is nowadays.
If you read the book there's actually a massive fight in the castle at the end, not just the running away.. plus all sorts of references throughout to the Death Eaters kidnapping important people, killing off powerful wizards who could cause trouble (quite a lot of death actually, especially in the book7) enlisting werewolves and the undead to fight on behalf of Voldemort. It's actually pretty dark, something the film totally glossed over

I loved Harry Potter 6 the only thing I didn't like was that they didn't have large chunks of the book that were good. But they had the most important things so yeah it was okay.

I don't know what to think of this one. Frankly I feel like I'm getting mixed signals. He points out how most of the movie is dreadful teenage romance yet ends that he actually likes it?
Oi... too bad the Harry Potter fanboy in me died by the time my age hit double digits.

Fiance and I just got back from seeing this. I really enjoyed. It was dark, but a quite a few funny bits interlaced. I think it was the best one so far.

My favorite part:

Ending made me go: "WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????????"
You know...same ol', same ol'
(just came back)

Haha, I know what you mean about the "middle" parts, but they were also a chance for some welcome comic relief from the interactions between the trio, and Ron, who literally saved one awkward scene between Harry and Ginny.

WolfmanNougat:
SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

Watch it.
You'll see how painfully correct you are.

bickster:

2. Nextly, I almost liked this review, it could have been good but you left a sour taste in my mouth with the entire Goth reference and stereotyping. I don't personally believe in witchcraft or anything, but I have a roomate who practices Wicka (sp?) as a religion and literlly almost tore the house down and ripped stuff up when she heard that come off my computer. I think you'd be a little better off in your reviews to let's say, not sterotype or do something that could generally insult a population. Keep it clean, friendly, and fun ... it's when your reviews end up good ... que UP.

Then pull her stick out of her ass, seriously. As someone even vaguely familliar with the Potter verse Bob should know that witches are simply female wizards, hence "wizardry and witchcraft." He simply made a joke by comparing witches in the Potter verse to the stereotype, thus actually attacking this stereotype through this.

And someone with such a thin skin to get mental after hearing such a innocent joke should try out another religion. Wiccans really should know better, considering their belief system is founded around concepts ridiculed and smeared by other religions for thousands of years and in popular media generally conotated by the common witch archetype, i.e. ugly hags flying on broomsticks and eating children.

13lackfriday:

WolfmanNougat:
SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

Watch it.
You'll see how painfully correct you are.

Oh dear. This worries me, considering Sirius' death in OotP was rather lax, too.
Still, I wonder how Michael Gambon feels about the whole affair... happy to be done with it, maybe?

First bob review ive sat through in a long long time. Just saw the movie tonight (ive never bothered with any of the books) and it was entertaining althouh a bit long. All in all i would say it was a good little flick.

I haven't seen this movie yet, but I was looking forward to seeing it. Unfortunately, the reviews I've heard lately are making wonder if I shouldn't wait until it comes out for rent.

I didn't read the Harry Potter books as a kid (since I was just a bit old for them at the time), but I recently watched all 5 movies and was generally impressed. Interesting story, lots of cool magic at the center of the plotlines, lots of deep characters, and the feeling that the plot is only just beginning (what with Voldemort and Harry both just starting to gain power).

But the last couple of movies seemed to drop off. There seemed to be a lot of moments filled with exposition, when any sane character would have been blasting off with their wand. It started getting this drawn-out feeling, like they were trying to build up suspense through drama rather than action, when in reality the acting wasn't living up to the drama.

If what Bob and others are saying about the love interest is true, then I doubt I'll like this movie. Teenage romance is always awkward -- Hollywood's interpretation of it terribly so -- and I've never been one for awkward moments. The tension in the trio's relationship seemed realistic so far, even if Goblet of Fire went way too far with the "we have to find a date for the dance" trope. It's a good thing to have as a side show -- it keeps the characters interesting and realistic -- but making it the main focus of the movie turns it into a teenage chick flick. Do we really need another one of those?

Now that I think of it, the later Harry Potter movies seemed like a sitcom: each episode had a major theme, which had little to do with the characters or the overarching plot. The first few were ripe with followers of Voldemort trying to kill Harry and bring the Dark One back to life. The kids' position in the story is always to try and unfold the conspiracy and prevent the enemy from succeeding. So why do we suddenly care about a big quidditch tournament and a competition of wizard skill? The bad guy sneaking Harry's name into the cup seems like a rather weak attempt to tie the competition into the overarching plot. It's almost as if they've forgotten about the overall story -- now that they have an established setting, they just start throughing episode-sized problems at it.

And now, just as Voldemort is becoming strong enough to take over the world, the biggest problem the trio has to overcome is their collective libido? Seriously, this isn't just a sitcom -- it's Degrassi High. Get back to the story and stop wasting your time dealing with the little, awkward details.

Anaphyis:

bickster:

2. Nextly, I almost liked this review, it could have been good but you left a sour taste in my mouth with the entire Goth reference and stereotyping. I don't personally believe in witchcraft or anything, but I have a roomate who practices Wicka (sp?) as a religion and literlly almost tore the house down and ripped stuff up when she heard that come off my computer. I think you'd be a little better off in your reviews to let's say, not sterotype or do something that could generally insult a population. Keep it clean, friendly, and fun ... it's when your reviews end up good ... que UP.

Then pull her stick out of her ass, seriously. As someone even vaguely familliar with the Potter verse Bob should know that witches are simply female wizards, hence "wizardry and witchcraft." He simply made a joke by comparing witches in the Potter verse to the stereotype, thus actually attacking this stereotype through this.

And someone with such a thin skin to get mental after hearing such a innocent joke should try out another religion. Wiccans really should know better, considering their belief system is founded around concepts ridiculed and smeared by other religions for thousands of years and in popular media generally conotated by the common witch archetype, i.e. ugly hags flying on broomsticks and eating children.

I am in noway arguing that fact at all. I was expressing an opinion that I felt it took away from the review as a review a little bit. I just feel as though if I wanted puns of that sort then I would go to see a comedian or the like. That and I also know some young children do watch it and it really doesn't set a positive influence. I don't care about swearing and the like, they'll learn that ...as will they stereotyping I am sure, but a lot of young minds and fickle minds for that matter can be addicted and or influenced by stuff like this that they see. I was just expressing a point of view and some constructive advice, it is no reason to get offensive, or go off the handle in anyway or attack on someone you don't even know. That is childish.

*(WARNING - SPOILERS)*
I found that the movie wasn't great but it was watchable. I did enjoy the various scenes but based on the fact that the ending scene did remind me of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with the characters looking into the distance wondering what comes next after knowing how to destroy their enemy with the loss of their greatest of adult help and having to rely on themselves because it was always S. Black and Dumbledore that saved them and the only adult left is the Darth Vader of the film (Snape) while Voldemort (Palpatine) lies in wait till the final battle which can only have its battle scenes either similar in which Potter (Luke) fights Snape then has Voldemort killing Potter till Snape saves the day and dies because of the bond he broke or Potter and Voldemort have an epic battle after fighting with and/or killing Snape. It might not even be Potter who kills Snape. It could be Ron (Han) or Hermoine (uh....Leah?)because even with all the backup these three get its always and has been up to Potter, Weasley, and Grainger to deal with whatever dark forces they need to defeat to save the world.

My thoughts on the film and it's possible future are based on the fact that I've never and shall never read the books. The only books I've ever read were ones issued to me while I was in Elementary School, Watchmen, and The Spirit.

This is the first review I've seen from Movie Bob... and, well, frankly I thought it was pretty crappy. At one point I actually had to look away from the screen because the various images blurring in and out and pixelating all over the shop was making me feel ill. Also, the sound was awful!

It's a shame really, because it seems like he might actually have something worth saying - but the terrible execution of the video distracts from that.

As for the ole HP - I reckon he has it spot on when he says that everyone largely has their opinions set in stone. I won't be going out of my way, but I'll check 'em out if they're on telly at xmas. :P

Why is this cheap Yahtzee copy still flying around here?

Sound is bad, pictures are not properly synked, I see big squares in the graphix all the time, his method is allmost identical with another one on this site and he doesn't do a good job of copying it either.

A good review for a good movie Bob.

Conclusion: LESS romantic subplots and MORE hot ass goth chicks.

Hell I think if I was a wizard I would probably join Voldemort just for the chance of tapping that evil witch ass. I mean damn!

Oh yeah and the ending was a bit odd, bit different from the book for reasons that seem good on paper (by some measure of irony) but just don't work on film. I hadn't read the book so I didn't know what was going to happen. It was just kinda 'so he?', 'why is?', 'huh? ok right', 'well... hmm' for a minute rather than 'OMG no wai?!'

Bob, you really need to get some editing assistance. The onscreen comments/images are either out of sync with the audio which refers to them, or pop up and disappear way to fast to be able to read them.

But, other than that, an interesting review. I may actually have to pick up a copy of Atlas Shrugged, just to say I know WTF people are talking about. I seem to be running into references to it more and more often...

I didn't really see what "spoilers" everyone was talking about. I didn't see anything in the review that wasn't already "spoiled" by the official plot synopsis/trailers. If you are a fan, you know how the story goes, because you've already read the book. If you don't care, it doesn't matter. And if you're like me, who enjoys the movie when it's put on the TV during the holidays, then a vague "spoiling" of the overall plot doesn't really affect my enjoyment of an afternoon.

Romance in Narnia?

Uh...incest and bestiality abound?

WolfmanNougat:

13lackfriday:

WolfmanNougat:
SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

Watch it.
You'll see how painfully correct you are.

Oh dear. This worries me, considering Sirius' death in OotP was rather lax, too.
Still, I wonder how Michael Gambon feels about the whole affair... happy to be done with it, maybe?

Yeah, the movie adaptation directors don't seem to handle the emotional weight of Harry's role models' deaths very well (honestly, the only deaths that were accurately and darkly enough portrayed were those of Harry's parents...and that was only a flashback.)
...Probably cause they didn't read the damn books and thus just see it as another event in the screenplay rather than a tragic loss in the plot.

Very.
The whole movie felt rushed, which is even more terrible considering the fact that the scene it was ultimately building up to was rather minimally portrayed.
(You literally only see a fraction of the action).

Man I'm so in love with the film and the books. Just seen the film in face, twas great.

WolfmanNougat:

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

You don't use spoilers. Same goes for this review actually, very unprofessional.

ReverseEngineered:
It's a good thing to have as a side show -- it keeps the characters interesting and realistic -- but making it the main focus of the movie turns it into a teenage chick flick. Do we really need another one of those?

The thing is, I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand, it has what seems like a disproportionate amount of space in this one. On the other hand, when all is said and done the HP movies have been set up to (eventually) function as a single MASSIVE multi-generational narrative that'll end up totalling 20+ hours... so given that, having ONE 2 1/2 hour piece of that dedicate to their romantic goings-on probably isn't really overkill at all.

What I don't think will change is that this is where the "aging problem" (i.e. the actors are growing faster than their characters) is causing the most trouble - these are CLEARLY actors who look and sound to be in their early-20s getting all frustrated and gooey over one-another like their High School freshmen. I know the English are more "proper" than Americans... but you're gonna tell me that Harry and Ron are sitting up late agonizing over their respective lady-friend's... COMPLEXIONS? Really?

Speaking of which, what sadistic organizational bastard has the older teenagers at Hogwarts still bunking two-or-more to a bedroom? What the hell? No wonder they're so tense, you'd be tense to if you were sixteen (or whatever) and couldn't get a few minutes out of the day to "blow off steam," as it were. Especially since, with the whole moving-photo thing, porno mags for wizards must be out of this world...

Personally I agree with him to such an extent that I hoped he hadn't reviewed this movie as HP is not so much a movie as just a thing that happens every few years and nothing the critics do has any influence.

WrongSprite:

WolfmanNougat:

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

You don't use spoilers.

I know, I know. But really, it's not like that particular spoiler is a huge secret. After all, fans of the series will already know of it, and internet users would know of it as a meme. And indeed, pretty much nobody else except the casual fans would even care.

I definitely agree that the build up to the horcruxes needed to have a bit more focus. The entire plot of the novel basically revolved around Harry's private lessons with Dumbledore, with the romantic coming of age stories as comedic sub-plots. Yet in the movie, Harry never has his lessons with Dumbledore, and the romantic coming of age became the primary focus of the movie.

It was well shot, well acted and they finally got around to making Dumbledore a powerful character, something I felt they failed to do in the 5th movie. However the movies have become so diluted that it's almost unintelligible to people who haven't read the books.

That being said, I still really liked the movie.

WolfmanNougat:

WrongSprite:

WolfmanNougat:

In a rather anticlimactic way, I assume.

You don't use spoilers.

I know, I know. But really, it's not like that particular spoiler is a huge secret. After all, fans of the series will already know of it, and internet users would know of it as a meme. And indeed, pretty much nobody else except the casual fans would even care.

What about people who are following the movies rather than the books? Theres a lot of them.

EDIT: Oh, suspended. Quite right too.

your opinion maters more then you think lol thought i will agree the harry potter people will not lose any sleep if u said watch it or avoid it like the plague lol but then breaking them is like trying to break the people who make those endless Mario or "Final"(iron name there) Fantasy games lol they just stopped caring what anyone thinks awhile ago lol and the fanatic fans stopped having any opinion ether way lol

I'm curious, who's that blond man with an eyepatch in the "HAHAAA, TENUOUS LITERARY REFERENCES!" clip?

I'm not very familiar with comics and stuff.

Just watched it yesterday. The movies actually helped get me into the books because I really enjoyed the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban films.

That being said, I felt this one strayed from it's source material more than any other of the previous films. There were a few scenes that were not in the book and they just felt a bit unnecessary and hokey.

Also, the best thing about the book "Half Blood Prince" is you get to learn a great deal about Voldemort and in the film it felt like a side note.

Minor quibbles really. I felt this one was a strong entry in the series and I can't wait for the next 2.

MovieBob:
Speaking of which, what sadistic organizational bastard has the older teenagers at Hogwarts still bunking two-or-more to a bedroom? What the hell? No wonder they're so tense, you'd be tense to if you were sixteen (or whatever) and couldn't get a few minutes out of the day to "blow off steam," as it were. Especially since, with the whole moving-photo thing, porno mags for wizards must be out of this world...

No different than any other dorms, for students who are from out of town. Not everyone can afford their own room in a frat house. ;) I've had friends living in dorms since they started grade 7, and didn't not have a room-mate /w bunk beds until 3rd year of university.

Lemmibl:
I'm curious, who's that blond man with an eyepatch in the "HAHAAA, TENUOUS LITERARY REFERENCES!" clip? I'm not very familiar with comics and stuff.

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. It's his boss, Phil Ken Sebben (voiced by Stephen Colbert)

"Do you know what this means to the firm?! The billable hours?! I can finally build that lake house, and I'll run around naked all day. Ha ha... dangly parts."

jabrwock:

Lemmibl:
I'm curious, who's that blond man with an eyepatch in the "HAHAAA, TENUOUS LITERARY REFERENCES!" clip? I'm not very familiar with comics and stuff.

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. It's his boss, Phil Ken Sebben (voiced by Stephen Colbert)

"Do you know what this means to the firm?! The billable hours?! I can finally build that lake house, and I'll run around naked all day. Ha ha... dangly parts."

Thank you.

I gotta say I really, really love Bob's reviews and it's one of the things besides "Unskippable" and "Zero Punctuation" I look forward to every week; I just wish the editing was a lot tighter. Most of the time the visuals don't synch up with the audio, sometimes off by several critical seconds for comedic timing and relevancy. I realize the videos need to be done in a timely manner to be relevant to new releases, but it hurts when the writing is so good and the video is so sloppy.

Please get someone to edit your videos properly. Hell, I'll do it.

I hate this movie and what it did to the book.

This review was better than the others I've watched.

The video was low-quality and timed really REALLY badly.

This is what revising and editing is for, Movie Bob. Please try and review your work before you post it - it not only reflects badly on how you do your work, but also whether your opinions are even worthwhile.

I think your opinions could be worthwhile, so make the extra effort for the viewers, mmmkay? :)

I find these reviews helpful because you usually have the opposite opinion to me, so I can basically ignore your advice. Still entertaining though.

I actually thought this was the worst hp movie and contrary to your opinion about not being about to change opinions about the movies Im definitely not going to watch the next one if it looks as bad as this one.

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