Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews
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.
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