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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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March 21, 2017
I'm really enjoying the series so far, they did another great job with this movie.
March 20, 2017
Unfortunately, the decision to keep Chris Columbus as director results in an almost step-by-step copy of the first film, which ultimately makes this a very boring instalment in the series despite the presence of a giant killer serpent. The acting is not the only area in which this film resembles cardboard - the script, the dialogue, the set pieces (which lack imagination needed to further develop from the first film). Despite wonderfully hammed-up turns from new additions Isaacs & Branagh, it's Dobby the house elf that stands out - but for all the wrong reasons. He's more Jar-Jar Binks than Gollum, & left me entertaining psychotic tendencies towards him & his creators long after the film had finished due to his excessively annoying nature.
½ March 16, 2017
Nice twist in the end.
March 15, 2017
While just as well made as the first film in the franchise, it suffers from pacing issues in a few spots that just dont seem needed and wernt in the novel. And Unfortunatly it is the introduction to the character Dobby the house elf. A character i rank up with Jar Jar Binks as unneeded comedic value and just a waste of celuoid. Toby Jones does a good job with the voice the character however isnt needed. The rest of the film is fantastic and it began the darker tone the movies would take. Kenneth Branagah's potrayal of Lockhart is out of the norm for his usual fare and he does a geat job with the part of a character so annoying you like him. The ending has a few overdone sappy moments that border on cliche as does the polyjuice potion scene. It is the beginnings of the film focusing on the Good vs Evil story and shows a mortality to the characters that each face with each succeding film. The extended edition adds little to the film and for the casual viewer they will not notice the new scenes. The childrens acting is shown to a greater extent and its clear years later looking back which would go on to further careers and the ones who would just stick with harry potter as one hit wonders. It is unfortunate that with a cast the size of these films so many of the actors and actresses preformances are overlooked in favor of the main stars. While not the best film of the franchise it is a geat film with repeat viewing potential.
March 14, 2017
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets marks the second chapter of the Harry Potter saga. Though it isn't quite as inventive or creative as it's predecessor or most of it's successors, that doesn't stop it from being mysterious and magical all the same.

This film, just like many others in the franchise, revolves around a mystery centered on a specific character. However, as the mystery unfolds, more questions and mysteries arrive, making this film a trail of questions, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. All the questions are what keep the viewer hooked throughout the duration of the movie. What makes it even better is that the viewers have no more knowledge than Harry does for the whole thing.

My only real complaints with the film revolve around the magic. Aside from a couple new monsters, there isn't as much new content in terms of magic in this movie as there is in the other installments. However, what is introduced is rather neat.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets isn't quite as inventive as the other chapters, but is still a magical, mysterious experience nonetheless.
March 10, 2017
Better than it's predecessor, this sequel improves on the franchise. the second installment flourishes and takes a darker tone even if it's 161 minutes long.
February 27, 2017
This film is very similar to it's precedessor, but has slightly better effects and a more menacing villain. The world feels almost real, one of the film's largest accomplishments. 7.9/10
February 13, 2017
Always great to watch these books come to life, but as a standalone movie I imagine this could be a real headache for those virgin muggles out there. The reveal during the Chamber scene where Ginny has been committing all the acts, possessed by Tom Riddle? It's not explained thoroughly, and it's not foreshadowed enough, and it comes off like an awkward plot hole filler. Unfortunately Rowling's writing is driven by these twists, and original as they may be, they are ultimately quite detrimental to the plot.
½ January 30, 2017
better then I remember the ending is great
½ January 26, 2017
Not as good as the first one but still a really enjoyable film. It goes through the motions of the first Harry Potter while introducing us to some new characters that I am sure will be big in the future.
January 21, 2017
Dubby is annoying, not as good as I recall. Snake chamber was cool, ghost girl stupid
January 17, 2017
It's the weakest film in the franchise due to its slogging nature and formidable length, but there is still plenty of spells that the Chamber of Secrets can spin.
January 11, 2017
Totally my favorite Harry Potter film!
½ January 7, 2017
Even better than the first movie. long but very enjoyable.
½ January 2, 2017
En su primer año de colegio el mundo mágico le tuvo compasión al pequeño Harry por los diez años que estuvo a merced de sus tíos sin que nadie se acuerde de él: los profesores le regalaron escobas voladoras, lechuzas, y el villano que le mandaron se desintegraba de solo tocarlo. Not much of a challenge. Ahora decidieron que se gane su renombre con el sudor de su frente, y pues ahí lo encontramos batallando serpientes gigantes venenosas. No obstante, la primera adaptación, la del Harry inútil que no hace ningún hechizo en toda la película, es mucho mejor. Pasada la novedad del descubrimiento, la atención va ahora más dirigida hacia la interacción entre los protagonistas, especialmente hacia la ñoña rivalidad entre Harry y el choco Malfoy, cuyo peinado ya era antes el elemento más feo en la escuela Hogwarts. La primera recurría con sensatez a los clichés, esta sucumbe a ellos, a lo cursi, y el humor y la acción se han hecho tontos. No hay la sutileza de la anterior. Se da a entender por qué es mala con la siguiente comparación: al final de La Piedra Filosofal, Hagrid el gigante discretamente le regala a Harry un álbum de fotografías antes de despacharlo al tren. En este final, Harry lo abraza frente a quinientas personas que uno por uno se van levantando para aplaudirle y abrazarlo también. 3/10
½ December 31, 2016
Brilliant film. One of favourites of the series.
December 22, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: 'The Chamber of Secrets' steps things up a notch after the first film because the script and overall story make for a more mysterious adventure as the stakes are actually a meaningful part of the plot. This means false tension no longer has to be forced through the acting chops of a trio of kids - though having said that it is rewarding to see them begin to grow in ability. In the end though, the strength of this movie is mostly down to that script, as whilst some of the discussions are slightly too on the nose, it does make room for more characterisation and real-world significance than it's predecessor.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: What really is the point of all the tangents we're taken on? Sure some have payoffs, but most really do not. This feels especially annoying in the lengthly set-up where we're constantly shown things with no relevence at all, and it honestly means they could have cut half an hour from the film without damaging it at all. I get they do this in the books, but here we have the added benefit of SEEING what a great world this is, without being given hours to simply explore it.
VERDICT: This is a great story, but sadly it gets distracted by cats, spiders, plants and magic dust just a few too many times. Lose that, and I'll be engaged from start to finish
December 22, 2016
One of the best films of the Harry Potter saga. The gothic style woven into the suspense and at the same time adventures, it's beautiful.
December 20, 2016
Awesome installment!!
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