Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews
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
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.
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%