Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Evanna Lynch, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: David Yates
Written By: Steve Kloves
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 34 min
The sixth movie in the Potter franchise is a pretty somber affair. The story doesn’t have a whole lot to communicate either. In every way, this movie feels like a warm up act for the final book. Which Warner Brothers have (for purely financial gain I’m sure) split into two separate films. That’s not to say Blood Prince is a bad film. It’s not. It’s also not the weakest entry in the series. It’s really well shot, and David Yates’s on his second turn at the helm after the excellent Order of the Phoenix, is proving to be a reliable director. His Potter’s may lack the fun magical charm of the other films in the series, but they certainly pack a more effective emotional punch.
Compared the other Potter films, this will seem a little slow. It’s over two and half hours long, and about half that time is spent setting up the final two films. The rest is spent watching the young wizards and witches play the dating game. With mixed entertainment value. This film absolutely requires that you have read or watched all the preceding material.
It’s a gorgeous film, so a big digital screen is recommended. At home, and HD viewing for sure.
Best element for me:
As the Potter films have come and gone, each one introduces new characters. This time around its Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent). Definitely the best element is this movie for me. Jim Broadbent is just a class act.
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)