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'Half Blood Prince' full-blood fun

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Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:00 pm

J.K. Rowling's teen wizard Harry Potter is back in the new film "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," and many say that this might be the best H.P. flick yet. Although I hated "Transformers 2" and "I Love You Beth Cooper" I have no complaints whatsoever about this movie. I absolutely loved it.

Coming from the perspective of a young man who has read all seven novels and has seen all five movies, this is the best film to be released thus far in the series, and is also one of the most true to the book.

"Half Blood Prince" is the sixth installment of the epic tale of everyone's favorite wizard, Harry Potter. This time around there is less action to the story, and more meat. The movie focuses on teen romance and deep, dark secrets.

Harry is spending time with Dumbledore, taking trips into the pensive to learn more about how Tom Riddle became the Dark Lord Voldemort. Draco is faced with a dark, difficult mission assigned to him by Voldemort. Ron enjoys his fame as the Gryffindor Quidditch team's keeper. Hermione loathes Ron's girlfriend.

And at the same time, Voldemort is growing stronger and so is his army.

This movie, one of the summer's best, has adventure, humor and was a very solid installment in the saga. One of the best scenes is the exciting climax in which Dumbledore and Harry venture to a cave in order to find a Horcrux, an inanimate object that contains a piece of Voldemort's soul. This sequence is one of the most exciting I have seen in the theatre all summer. It really kept me on the edge of my seat.

The only problem I had was a major change that is going to change the first part of the Deathly Hallows movie. At the beginning of book seven, there is a wedding in the wizarding world and the Weasley Family's home, a.k.a. The Burrow, is destroyed. This event sets up the rest of the story. However, since it happens in the sixth movie, I have no idea how director David Yates is going to work around it.

It seems the era of 90-minute movies is ending and the era of 2- to 2-1/2-hour films is just beginning. In some cases such as Transformers, the length backfired, but in the case of Half Blood Prince it totally worked. It is a 2-1/2-hour film that feels like an hour and a half.

Half Blood Prince rocked! I would definitely pay to see it again. I give it a very solid four stars out of five!

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