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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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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!!
½ December 12, 2016
A nice follow up. Somewhat darker and deeper but still suffers being for a younger audience.
½ December 7, 2016
A bit less kiddy than Philosopher's Stone, if only because Radcliffe's and Grint's voices have broken. But it still suffers from Columbus's relatively pedestrian approach, though the special effects have improved at least. Branagh is great as Gilderoy Lockhart. Ditto Toby Jones as Dobby. Love the flying Anglia.
December 6, 2016
Feels similar to the first but it's about as good.
December 4, 2016
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' overlong runtime makes this a rather exhausting sit-through but a slightly darker tone, captivating performances and story as entertaining as its stunning visual effects allow this movie to remain another entertaining entry in the Harry Potter film series.
½ December 3, 2016
for me is best that the last one, and who didn't love dobby? haha i don't know but harry potter is a mark on the history
December 3, 2016
a good film one of my favourites
November 27, 2016
4 out of 5 stars! I just recently re-watched this after a 5 year break from the series and I have to say that I always thought that this was the weakest story of the 7 and in some ways it still might be, but it is actually one of the most important if not the most important of the stories. It is the one that really starts to lay down the threads that make up the conflict and story arc that shapes the rest of the series, particularly the final few films. This one kind of gets lost in the shuffle of the 7 stories and 8 films, but it is a vey important one to the mythology. JK already knew where he was going with the entire story arc of the series by the time she wrote this. She introduced the first horcrux 3-4 books before we even knew what horcruxes were. Ginny and Harry's relationship is first hinted at, and there are so many other small and large things introduced and character building that happened that makes this an essential story in the series.
November 24, 2016
Harry Potter is going back to Hogwarts, despite one of the films many irritating characters advising him not to do so, and reunites with his eclectic group of friends and acquaintances. For me, it's much less fun than the first instalment, instead being far more annoying, confusing and overlong. Most of the new characters just pad the runtime and are a grating presence, the story isn't as interesting as the first, the actors' delivery is still pretty awkward, and there's just so many unanswered questions. Why would a secret world have its entrance situated in a busy train station out in the open? And why does someone as smart as Hermione even need to be in school? The character of Malfoy, who is vying for the world record of how many times he can say his enemies surname in a condescending manner, is such a stereotypical bully that's its beyond unfunny, and he quickly becomes tiresome. It does have its plus points, such as the excellent effects, brilliant set designs and a great sense of humour, but it falls well short of the bar set by The Philosopher's Stone. So far, it's my least favourite of the series.
November 23, 2016
This is an awesome sequel!
November 18, 2016
In 2001, Harry Potter became a colossal hit by earning critical acclaim, more than positive feedback from audiences and earning almost a billion dollars (something that was only achieved by Cameron's "Titanic" at the time), so only a year later the first sequel arrived. Is this second installment better than the first?

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his second year of learning magic but now a new evil emerges as an old legend held within the walls of the school is unleashed and threatens the students.

Making a sequel to successful film is a tricky assignment, as you can either go to new territory or repeat the same formula of the predecessor, so it is surprising that the second adventure of Potter and company lands in between those scenarios. "Chamber of Secrets" introduces some welcome ideas that can be fun for one scene (and expand the world), the inclusion of a mystery (which is quite ludicrous to be honest) is a smart decision as it gives a new angle to the story and starts taking the franchise to a darker territory, Kenneth Branagh is so much fun to watch, the action sequences are more exciting than last time (which is not saying much but still they are well executed), the acting is at the same level as last time, and it is still enjoyable. But regardless of those new welcome additions this first sequel is more flawed than the original. The story is easily the most forgettable of the whole saga (granted there are three memorable action sequences but the story that unites them isn't), the script lacks character moments, Columbus' directing is as bland as last time, Williams' score is lackluster, and it repeats numerous beats of "Philosopher's Stone".

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is the most forgettable installment of the saga. It lacks an identity as it continues to use the style of the first film but it doesn't add anything new to the table. But regardless it is still charming, fun to watch and introduces key elements to this franchise.
½ November 18, 2016
Der zweite Teil der Harry Potter-Reihe baut sinnvoll auf dem Vorgänger auf und bietet noch mehr Action als der erste. Chris Columbus bleibt zwar seinem Stil treu, aber man merkt trotzdem, dass sich die Filmreihe eher in Richtung Jugendliche und Erwachsene entwickelt. Wie im ersten Teil schon ist die Charakterbildung (wie z. B. bei Dobby) sehr gut und man versteht sie. Ein sehr guter Film, der Lust auf die weiteren Teile macht.

The second part of the Harry Potter series builds on its predecessor and offers even more Action than the first one. Chris Columbus' influence is visible, but it's obvious that the series develops in a more darker and grown-up way. The character building is like in the first one very good (Dobby) and you can understand them. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a very good movie that makes you want to see the next parts!

Final Score: 94%
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