Whit's Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
These movies are always the hardest to review for me. I preface this with the fact that I am a true Potter fan, so even the movies that haven't been the best have a special place with me. That being said I was really impressed with this movie. They got back to the basics with the characters' relationships, which is what this franchise is really about, behind all of the wands and scars. There was also a lot of humor and it never felt forced or out of place, which is odd for the serious nature of the overall movie (both the magical and muggle worlds are under attack from Voldemort (yes, I said it!) and his Death Eaters). The core cast have stepped up their games, these kids we've watched grow up are now serious (and good) actors. New members seem to have felt the same need to "bring it" and really helped to round out the cast. I was disappointed with the final climax. I was expecting much more action and emotion and it felt like everyone got tired and stopped. But even with the fizzle at the end I feel this is one of the best Potters yet and it leaves me excited for the last two.