Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review












Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 


Release Date: 28th November 2002 - Australia


Production Companies 
Warner Bros. Pictures 
1492 Pictures 
Heyday Films

Distribution 
Roadshow Distribution 


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 155 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $878,979,634
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Cars fly, trees fight back 
and a mysterious house 
elf comes to warn Harry 
Potter at the start of the 
second year of his 
amazing journey into the 
world of wizardry. This 
year at Hogwarts, spiders 
talk, letters scold and 
Harry's own unsettling 
ability to speak to snakes 
turns his friends against 
him. From Dueling Clubs 
to rogue Bludgers, it's 
a year of adventure and 
danger when bloody 
writing on the wall 
announces: The Chamber 
of Secrets has been opened.

To save Hogwarts will 
require all of Harry, Ron 
and Hermione's magical 
abilities and courage in 
this spellbinding adaptation 
of J.K. Rowling's second 
book.


Cast
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Robbie Coltrane - Ruebus Hagrid
Richard Harris - Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonnagall
Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
Kenneth Branagh - Gilderoy Lockhart
Toby Jones - Dobby (Voice)
Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
Jason Isaacs - Lucius Malfoy
Richard Griffiths - Vernon Dursley
Fiona Shaw - Petunia Dursley 
Harry Melling - Dudley Dursley
Warwick Davis - Filius Fitwick
David Bradley - Argus Filch
Miriam Margoyles - Prof. Ponoma Sprout
Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
John Cleese - Nearly Headless Nick
Leslie Phillips - The Sorting Hat (voice)
Mark Williams - Arthur Weasley
Julie Walters - Molly Weasley
Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley
James & Oliver Phelps - Fred and George Weasley
Chris Rankin - Percy Weasley
Sean Biggerstaff - Oliver Wood
Devon Murray - Seamus Finnigan 
Hugh Mitchell - Colin Creevey
Jamie Waylett - Vincent Crabbe
Joshua Herdman - Gregory Goyle
Julian Glover - Aragog (Voice)
Christina Coulson - Tom Riddle
Shirley Henderson - Moaning Myrtle 
Gemma Jones - Madam Pomfrey
Robert Hardy - Cornelius Fudge
Adrian Rawlins - James Potter (uncredited)
Geraldine Somerville - Lily Potter (uncredited)

Crew
Executive Producer/Director - Chris Columbus 
Based on Book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" - J.K. Rowling
Screenplay - Steve Kloves
Executive Producers - Mark
Radcliffe, Michael Baratheon and David Barron
Producer - David Heyman
Production Designer - Stuart Craig
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Roger Pratt
Creature/Special Make-Up 
Effects Designer - Nick 
Dudman
Special Effects Supervisor - 
John Richardson
Visual Effects Supervisors - Jim Mitchell and Nick Davis
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Bill George
Film Editor - Peter Honess
Music - John Williams
Music Adapter and Conductor - William Ross


Review
It's been years since I've seen a HARRY POTTER film and decided to revisit THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. I was shocked to hear of Alan Rickman's passing and because I was so busy with the other critiques, I have had little time to think about re-watching his films. That was before I decided to continue the series of sorcery and magic in watching the second instalment of HARRY POTTER. While it's not by all means perfect, the first of the sequels supplements a dark tone that is yet to revitalise the movie franchise from which it was based on J.K. Rowling's fascinating novels. That is not to say it was a disappointment but more clearly aimed at a younger audience. As the sequels progress, it took more of a mature and dramatic approach as the characters got older and due to different directors.

This film was the last film of the series for both director Chris Columbus and the late actor Richard Harris as Dumbledore as Chris would soon leave the director's chair and Richard ended up passing away. There are a few clues in THE CHAMBER OF THE SECRETS that will be explored in the coming movies. 

I admit, one of my pleasures of the movie was that Kenneth Branagh is an exceptional casting choice for Gilderoy Lockhart. Jason Issacs was indeed perfect for Lucius Malfoy. While John Williams didn't actually conduct the music for the second movie which is a fun fact, he succeeds well to bring out more of the tension in the background music that he has written for THE CHAMBER OF THE SECRETS.

I wanted to love this film because it was on par with the last one that I previously examined. I certainly had my hopes up when watching this film, I feel that I had high expectations based on the first installment and unfortunately, it didn't quite meet those expectations. Still, it is been an unforgettable movie with a solid plot and acting and splendid direction. If haven't seen this movie and you enjoy a good family fantasy adventure, you should watch it.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie



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