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Once again, this development on the Harry Potter film franchise is a bit of a flop. So much could be done in terms of picking actors and actresses who can act above how much they look like Rowling's descriptions.
The film has some funny moments in and is true to the story. There is also some good acting from Richard Harris, Alan Rickman and Emma Watson. But Daniel Radcliffe gives a yet again poor performance. This may only be his second movie and he may be a young teen at this point of his life, but there are plenty of children his age who can act so much better than he does.
The film lacks the darkness portrayed in the later films and in the books. There is no sense of danger or tension throughout and the CGI is once again very poor.
So some minor improvements on the Philosopher's Stone, but not enough to warrant it a good film in it's own rights. This could not really be watched in it's own right, but only as a part of the saga.
Chamber Of Secrets is the second film in the Harry Potter series and once again takes us back into a magical world full of secrets, revelation and danger!
This time around, Harry Potter is feeling a bit low. None of his friends have written to him in the school vacation and his foster parents are being paticulary mean once more; this time by locking him in their own son's second bedroom which has been given over to Harry to use. Into this sorry excuse for a school holiday comes Dobby the House Elf at a most inappropiate time. Dobby tells Harry he must not under any circumstances return to Hogwarts this year because his life will be in danger but when best friend, Ron Weasley, and his brothers turn up in a magical flying car to escort him, Harry finds it impossible to refuse. After all, what is the alternative?
Unfortunately, other events are conspiring to prevent Harry from reaching Hogwarts this year! First the passage between platforms 9 and 10 mysteriously closes on Harry and Ron, preventing them from entering platform 9 3/4 from where the train to Hogwarts departs, then their magic car crash lands in the branches of a Whomping Willow which promptly tries to...well whomp them! When they do eventually get into Hogwarts, the pair are then threatened with expulsion for flying their car where Muggles (non-magic folk) can see them! All in all, not a good start to the year!!
Things don't get any better once term begins. Someone has opened legendary Chamber Of Secrets meaning a fearsome monster is now free to roam the halls, petrifying its victims; Harry begins speaking in tongues and all the teachers have started to talk in whispers as they worry about the future of Hogwarts!
Something bad is going on and it is up to Harry, Ron and Hermione once more to uncover the rruth and discover who has opened The Chamber......
This second outing expands on the premise begun in the first film; namely that evil necromancer Voldemort is still out there, exerting his influence and trying to regain some semblance of control! We learn more about the past history of some of the characters and are delivered another piece of the puzzle that will make up the final story-arc in the last few movies.
Though not quite as accomplished as Philosopher's Stone, Chamber Of Secrets is still a cracking good movie that once more combines everything that is good about children's films with a hint of the darkness present in more adult fare. Some of the themes here are quite mature in nature and it is obvious that the release of this second film has been devised and created with the idea that fans of this series are growing up alongside Harry; thus why this has a slightly more serious tone than the first installment!
I cannot comment how closely it follows the books as I have not read any after the first novel, which I did not paticulary enjoy. From what I understand, most fans of Harry Potter have a strong opinion which they prefer ~ the books or the films~ and I think I am firmly in the camp of the latter! Certainly this film succeeds in creating a highly convincing and believable world, provided you can suspend a little belief and don't all films ask that of you, and one that expertly mirrors our own with a few subtle differences! All of the casdt from the first film return but this time with one notable addition; that of Kenneth Branaugh whose role here is brilliantly placed!
If you loved the first film, you are bound to love this. If you hated it, no doubt you will feel the same. Personally, I think this is not quite as good as Philosopher's Stone but is definitely a worthy successor!
I will admit that I had never heard of Harry Potter when it was written, the first time that it ever made my attention was when the films were made. My sister and my father were the fans of this but for me I was more interested in going out with my friends than watching films like this. It was only when my son turned 4 and my father had him stay overnight that these films were mentioned again, this was because my father had let him watch one on the tv. When it came to that Christmas he requested for these dvd's from santa. My father was the one that bought these there were 5 in total. I couldn't understand why he would want these but we let him anyway.
The one day we sat and watched them all one after the other in order. I was so surprised at how good they were. The air of magic and mystery in the films were very good. The story behind them was such a good idea. J K Rowling is the author of the books that these were made from and from what I have been told the books are better than the films. These books were aimed at children as were the films but so many people are taken by this story young or old.
This film in particular is The chamber of secrets which says it all it is about a chamber that holds secrets. Harry is the main character in all these films because his life is what it is all about. His sidekicks are Harmanie and Ron who are very good actors in these films. The three friends embark on a jouney to help a friend. This whole series is based in the Hogwards school which is for wizardry, but in this school there are mud bloods which are people who are half human and half wizard with full wizard blood students too. This causes problems with some of the students.
My daughter decided she wanted to watch this film the other day. They are very dark films but I find that is what make them as good as they are because you get a magical feel to them. I think that some parts of the film can be scary and my daughter jumped at one part of the film, we also had to ask her if she wanted us to switch the film off in one part because Harry and Ron are surrounded by big, hairy, scary spiders but she refused and continued to watch it. I will say that this part is one of the most scary moments.
The graphics are very good in the film too. I like how they make the magic look so real and all the creatures too none of them look mechanical or put together like some films. They are made by Warner Bros pictures and is directed by Columbus. I think this is one of the best films that have been made in the Harry Potter range. I think all the actors are very good in this film and have produced a lot of feeling into the characters.
This is a PG film it contains very mild bad language, some mild violence and mild horror and spiders. I think this is suitable for children to watch and my children like this film a lot. I would advise that parents should view this before letting their children view it, the main reason for this is because each child is different and find different things disturbing my children have been ok but a parent knows how their child will react to this.
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley Rupert Grant
Hermione Granger Emma Watson
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane
These are very original films and this has been very well made. I think they have got the best actors for this film who have produced very good work. I like the magical air of this film and the graphics have made it so much better. I like Harry when he was much younger and can understand why J K Rowling bought it to and end due to how old Daniel Radcliffe was getting it would not have been the same with another actor playing Harry and he was getting too old to play a child in school.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released into cinemas across the Uk in 2002. It was directed by Chris Columbus - all the Harry Potter films were directed by different directors and personally I think that Columbus did the best job. Some of the films aren't as good as others, and I think the older the characters get the harder it is to really get the film to be as good. What I mean by this is, when Ron, Harry and Hermione are older it can at times be quite cringey and uncomfortable to watch them acting the same as they did when they were younger.
But in this film they really nailed it. I think the Harry Potter books are for anyone, but the films are really for children. When I was younger I was given this film on DVD for Christmas when it was released in 2005. And at the time I absolutely loved it and thought it was the most amazing film I had ever seen in my life.
There was only one part I didn't like, because with arachnophobia I found it really terrifying, and that is a part where Harry, Ron and Hermione are walking through the Forbidden Forest and they get surrounded by these huge spiders. This part really made my skin crawl, as I was at the time only quite young. But I think films like this need an element of scariness in them, as it makes them all the more enjoyable and full of action which is just like the book.
I won't spoil the story for you, but I will say that for all children over the age of eight years old that this is definitely a must see. You don't particularly need to have seen the first film (this is the second) to watch this. It is rated as a PG so I think it is most suitable for children, and personal experience tells me it is suited for children as well.
It is only 90p from amazon so if you have children or grandchildren, or know any children who haven't seen this film then this would make the perfect present. Thanks for reading x
'The Chamber of Secrets' seemed to me all too similar to the first film. Don't get me wrong it's still an enjoyable family film. But it seems like nothing's changed, the plot features a similar layout, with yet again a young, cute, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) at the centre of the story.
The plot follows Harry & co in a story in which the Chamber of Secrets is said to be re-opened. There are many scares for our young heroes as their friends around them fall to the dangers of the Chamber, which threatens the existence of the school itself. The film also has a comic appearance form the new defense against the dark arts teacher - Professor Lockhart played by Kenneth Branagh who rises to the challenge of the ridiculously vain Lockhart excellently.
I really enjoyed this film, and it's one of those films that can be watched time and time again. I would really say this one is more for the kids than the others. The first one has the magic of wizardry discovery which really allows for the whole family to share the joy of Harry being released from the hell-hole of his muggle home. This film is a good sequel which again follows the book well, however it's a little too similar to the first film and isn't quite as entertaining. Thus, 3 stars. A good film. Worth watching.
Second instalment of the Harry Potter series, his adventures continue.
I forgot to mention in my review of the first film, the great actors and actresses in the films.
Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter
Rupert Grint is Ron Weasley
Emma Watson is Hermione Granger
John Cleese is Nearly Headless Nick
Robbie Coltrane is Hagrid
Alan Rickman is Snape
Julie Walters is Mrs Weasley
....and there are many more.
Though most of you will already know, Harry was rescued from his miserable life with his mean Uncle Vernon and Aunt Pertunia, to be sent to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardary to start his life as the amazing wizard he was meant to be.
In this second film we see Harry face his next quest at Hogwarts. We meet Dobby the mischevious house elf, dead set on stopping Harry from returning to Hogwarts. As Harry does return to Hogwarts with his friends and fellow students, occupants and students of the school are miraculously being found 'shocked' but by what.
Harry and his friends must use all their wizarding knowledge to find out what is going on and save the school.
This is yet another great adaptation of the book and the adventure with Harry just gets better.
Definitely worth watching!!!
I watched this the other day and thought that it was time for a review! I really liked the books when I was younger and so watched all of the films as soon as they came out, and have the first few on dvd although these days they seem to be on TV quite a bit! I seem to be one of the only people that thinks as the films go on they aren't as good, the first 4 are the ones I like the best, because they stick to the books, I'm not too keen on 4 and 5 at all.
If you have read the books then the plot is basically the same for this film, only slightly condensed, they've not missed out much at all and nothing important. It carries on from the first film harry potter and the philospher's stone; Harry has just finished his first year at Hogwarts and unfortunately has to return to the Dursley's for another summer, he doesn't realise what is in store for him when he returns home, or to Hogwarts - first of all the summer doesn't go quite to plan, because of the Dursley's trying to stop him going. Then when he returns to Hogwarts, something is waiting for him, and no one expected it. The chamber has opened. I wont elaborate any further for those of you who haven't read the books!
The main character is Harry Potter who is played by Daniel Radcliffe, I thought that it was really quite good acting for someone who was so young at the time, I'd think that he would go on to something more, but the only thing that I'm aware of him doing is Harry Potter. Rupert Grint playing Ron Weasley seemed very genuine, but for me the best one there was definitely Emma Watson who played Hermione Granger, and I do know of her going onto different things. You will probably have heard of most of the adult cast, including - Alan Rickman as Snape and Maggie Smith as McGonagall, they were all so right for the roles and brought something to them.
As a total fan, I think that the book is slightly better, but I always think that books are better than film when I read them first. However they did adapt it really well, and there was basically nothing left out, just things shortened slightly and it made a really good transition from book to novel which I was a bit concerned about. The special effects were great, just like in every harry potter film but when they get so big in the latest film you forget that earlier films actually also did have really good special effects too! I loved how they made a whole world for this film, all of the visual effects were stunning, I particularly liked Diagon Alley at the start of the film. While Harry Potter is seen as a kids film, I'm not entirely sure if I would recommend it to every child, while it's only a PG there are actually some bits which are fairly scary, and there is a lot of threat in it but nothing compared to the later films. I definitely would recommend overall though, one of the best Harry Potter films, and a good film also on its own merit.
Ah my second review for the second movie. As I stated before on my previous review, I have always thought the first movie was the best and every sequel got progressively worse. However this does come a very close second for me. Maybe its because the young actors have aged a bit, maybe because they kept the same director or maybe because we get rid of Hermione for half the movie, I really dont know!
The story begins again where Harry is staying with his aunt and uncle and gets whisked away back to Hogwarts for another term. However after an elf tries to warn him of danger strange things begin to happen where students are getting petrified by an unknown monster. Thought to be the school founders pet his descendant will let loose the monster again and kill and mudbloods (witches/wizards born from Muggles). We eventually learn who the descendent is and Harry kills the monster and saves the day.
Thankfully the same cosy ambience is again shown in this film and the light heartedness that was so present in the early books is shown on screen. None of that dark and dreary stuff that we got in later books and films. The film plods along like the other film but thats not necessarily a bad thing though. What made the films weak after this film was the bizarre need to keep the audience on a station of alert all the time whcih got tiring. I liked the book signing by Gilderoy Lockheart and the Quidditch talk. It grounds the film in some sense of reality.
Talking of Gilderoy Lockheart, he probably stole every scene he was in by the sheer arrogance and foppishness that he portrayed. While I'm not quite sure how he could have become a heart throb for any young girl it is fun to watch him make a prat of himself. Snape and co play rather diminished roles in this film, with Dumbledore looking more and more frail as the film progresses (no wonder it was Harris' last film in the franchise) but again they really do carry the film for the youngsters making it more palatable to watch.
However Daniel Radcliffe obviously took a few more acting lessons as he was better than his previous offering. Ron unfortunately is delegated to screaming alot (a side effect of one of his funny scenes of screaming in the first movie that was popular taken to the nth degree in the second). Hermione is beginning to lose her acting ability in this film (not quite there yet, wait for the fourth movie for the full transformation) but luckily she is put out of her misery when she is attacked by the monster. All in all, thew acting quality on a one to one basis was better and not as many uncomfortable moments occur.
All in all it's a good film. So why not my favourite? I guess it has something to do with the first films story. It just involved the audience a bit more with the wonder of the new wizarding world. It annoyed me when Hermione knew what a Mudblood was, while in the film she had no idea, it was Ron who explained it. Small moments like that made me feel it was telling the audience 'Duh! Haven't you read the book yet!?' But this film has the biggest advantage over any of the others. It has consistency which from now on there is none due to the different directors. Oh well.
Harry Potter The chamber of secrets
Running: 155 minutes
Director: Chris Columbus
Country: United Kingdom
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
The story the chambers of secrets is the sequel of the the first Harry Potter, where he went for the first time to the magic school Hogwarts. He finished his first year, but has to go back to his evil aunt and uncle for the summer holiday. He's more than happy to go back to school, but returning isn't that easy this time. Even when he's still at his aunt and uncles he gets a warning from Dobby the house elf who begs him not to go back, but Harry won't listen to him. But it's also his uncle that makes it Harry more difficult to return, but luckily he gets some help from friends! Being back at school doesn't make the problems go away and strange things are happening to his fellow students. Harry also hears a strange voice in his head, saying that the chamber of secrets has been opened. They story goes that only one special person can open this room and when Harry shows signs that he's that one person, suddenly everyone believe he's the one and that he's the course of all the trouble! For Harry and his friends lays the task to solve the mystery quickly!
I always found it a plus point when the same actors from the first movie reappear in the second movie. It's not really surprising with this movie since the first one was a huge success and the actors would have been foolish to turn it down. Harry Potter is being played by actor Daniel Radcliffe, the geeky boy, who's thrown into the deep and has to learn quickly with all the magic tricks. He's geeky but there's a difference from the first movie. He's more secure of himself then in the first movie. Daniel really shows this off in his acting skills. You can also notice this change in the character Hermione, played by Emma Watson and with Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint. Its funny to see them growing up in the movie as well in real life. Apart from the three main characters there are also other actors worth mentioning. Like Maggie Smith who plays the rol of Minerva McGonagall very strict and reserved but has all the best intentions with the students. Alan Rickman plays the port of Professor Severus Snape, the secretive and almost evil professor where yo can never tell on which side he is.
There are a few extras on the DVD including a small summary of the first movie, which is good to catch up your memory. Maybe a more nicer extra is the interview with the creator of the story J.K. Rowling who gives more background information and a little preview of the third movie. After this one you have a extra that gives you a inside in the room of professor Dumbledore and a extra which shows you the how the scenes are filmed. There's also an extra that gives you more insight in Gilderoy Lockheart. Members of the cast speak through interviews about their characters and how they enjoy the filming. At last there are some games, deleted scenes and the trailer on the DVD.
I haven't read the book so i can't really make the comparison with the movie, but other people have told me they did a pretty good job. Apparently J.K. Rowling has very keen on making the movie like the story in the book. For myself I really enjoyed the movie and thought it was a exciting movie and a good sequel from the first movie. There's certainly a difference with the first movie and this part felt more grown up and there's more violent in this one. The movie isn't that innocent anymore and it's a good development since the characters are growing up. The movie is 155 minutes long but i enjoyed it every minute of it. It's a easy entertaining movie to watch with beautiful backgrounds as the magic school and lots of action with magic. Its time there's more dark magic so more excitement. I really liked that the actors from the first movie played in this one. Especially a movie to watch!
Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets is the second book, and film of the Harry Potter series, like the first one, I had already read the book way before the film came out so I did already know the story and had my own visuals of everything in the book, however I was quite happy with how this film went and I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the first film.
The film sees Harry second year at the wizards school of Hogwarts, and with the talk of a return of the dark wizard Voldemort people are running scared. Many people are being found frozen stiff on the spot and people don't know why this is happening, there is also the addition of a very big scary snake, which Harry discovers he can talk to, however when one of his friends lives is in danger its up to Harry to try and save the day yet again.
The acting is pretty good again in this one, there's the addition of a few new characters in here as well which is good, but I think its clear to see the young acting talent have improved a bit as well. Personally I prefer this storyline to the first book and so I did enjoy this film a bit more, however its not really my thing any more and I don't know if id watch it again.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is the second film in the enormously successful Harry Potter film franchise and is based on the book of the same name by JK Rowling.
Harry Potter ( Daniel Radcliffe ) once again finds himself suffering a Summer at the Dursley's house, one night in preperation for a visit from one of Uncle Vernon's ( Richard Griffiths ) very important clients. Harry finds himself once again locked in his room, however not long after Harry finds himself visited by Dobby the house elf who warns him that he is in great danger if he returns to Hogwarts, after Harry refuses Dobby causes mischief in the Dursley house and Harry is punished and locked in his room.
However Ron, Fred and George Weasley break Harry out in their fathers flying car and take them to their house to spend the remainder of his time before returning to Hogwarts, after an unsuccessful attempt at catching the Hogwarts express Harry and Ron ( Rupert Grint ) make their way to Hogwarts in the flying car, getting themselves into great trouble as they do.
Once at Hogwarts Harry, Ron and Hermione ( Emma Watson ) find themselves having to deal with a new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Gilderoy Lockardt ( Kenneth Brannagh ) and also some mysterious events that finds some Half Blood born students are being petrified by an unknown terror, and so Harry, Ron and Hermione find themselves once again in potential danger and wanting to discover more about the "Chamber of Secrets"
It seems so long ago that the Harry Potter movie franchise was still in its infancy, and when you watch the last couple of installments now it does seem a little dated, however these movies appeal are that they are based on extremely good writing by JK Rowling and so the movies do stand the test of time as they're very faithful ( as much as they can be with the time constraints a movie gives ) to the original books.
One thing I have liked about the Harry Potter movies is that they have progressively become darker as each year passes at Hogwarts, which is as it should be, as Harry gets older and has to deal with more darker aspects of life, so the movies should follow suit, it may distance the movies away from the younger audiences, however the great success of the movies is that it appeals as much to adults as it does to children.
Chris Columbus does an excellent job of recreating the feel and story of the book, and while the young actors still show some youthful lack of acting skills ( I think that the acting of Daniel Radcliffe in the first two movies is particularly weak ) that you do see improving as each movie was filmed and each actor gained valuable experience, luckily their weaknesses are balanced by excellent performances by such veterans as Richard Harris ( in his last movie performance ever, and in my opinion the better Dumbledore, no offence to Michael Gambon ), Robbie Coltrane and Kenneth Brannagh ( who I think gives a wonderful performance as Gilderoy Lockhardt ).
And of course the franchises success has always been in part down to the excellent score by John Williams ( his Harry Potter theme is legendary and I can't imagine another piece of music that could have done the films justice ) that has just the right piece of music for each corresponding scene.
Overall this movie is in my opinion superior to the first movie in the franchise, as its darker tone and progression of the Harry Potter story appeal to an adult like me, the acting, directing and writing is all first class and each movie just makes you want to watch the next installment that much more.
If you're a Kid, a big Kid or you just believe in magic just a little then "Chamber of Secrets" is a must for you, however if you just appreciate good cinema and one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, then this is must see viewing for you too.
The sequel to Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Harry finds himself back at Privet Drive for the summer with no word from his 'so called friends' at Hogwarts.
It transpires however that they have been writing, just been intercepted by a house elf who appears in Harrys room one night and gets Harry into serious trouble with his Uncle Vernon after making lots of noise.
Uncle Vernon then puts metal bars on Harry's window so he can't get out but his friend Ron comes to the rescue and busts him out with the help of his brothers and a flying car.
Things continue to get strange when the platform gate to the Hogwarts express closes before Harry and Ron can get through. They take the flying car, follow the train and land in a whomping willow tree with smashes the hell out of them.
After nearly being expelled they try to keep there head down but Harry finds himself in the thick of it again when servel people become 'petrified' by the hir of Slytherin.
A mystrerious journal belonging to Tom Riddle comes to Harry's possesion and it leads him and Ron to a secret chamber beneath the school where Rons younger sister Ginny is trapped. It turns out Tom Riddle is actually the young Voldemort.
A battle ensues involving a large snake and Dumbledore comes to Harry's rescue with a pheonix and the sorting hat.
Another good film but am now reading the books and realise how much detail has been left out.
Harry Potter finds himself being back at Privet Drive with his Aunt and Uncle as it is the school holidays, he is quite sad that none of his friends have written to him and is feeling very lonely. He receives a surprise visit from a house elf called Dobby and he soon finds out that his friends have been writing to him and Dobby has been stopping the letters from getting to him.
Dobby soon tells Harry that he is not to return to Hogwarts School as he will be in danger and as a result of Harry not listening to him Dobby leaves the room and causes havoc at Aunt and Uncles House party which results in Harry being locked in his room. Fortunately for Harry, his best friend Ron and his older brothers arrive in their Father flying car and help Harry escape. Once at Ron's house Harry feels happy and excited about returning to Hogwarts.
The day comes when they are to catch the Hogwarts Express but as Harry and Ron try to get to the platform they find the entrance has been sealed which results in them flying their fathers car to school. Things are no all they seem though when they finally get there as they find that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened.
Who or what opened the Chamber of secrets, what is the chamber of secrets and just what would it mean for Harry and the fellow students if the wrong person was to get their hands on what was inside the chamber?
I really did enjoy this film much more than the first one. I found the characters had become more established in their roles and seemed more confident in their performances. Daniel Radcliff who played the lead role of Harry was slightly older in this film and it did show not only in his appearance but also in his confidence. He did very well with his role and made Harry so believable. I liked how he worked with his best friend Ron, there seemed to be a great chemistry between the two boys. Ron also matured for this role and it again did show in his performance. Hermione was a much better character in this film, she lost some of her little miss know it all appearance and seemed slightly more normal and less bossy. I liked how she changed slightly for this film as I was not keen on her in the first one.
There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in this film and for me the role of Dumbledore and Lockhart were the main ones. . Ginny Weasels was another new character in this film and I loved how the young actress portrayed her. I also think Draco did well and I liked how he was featured slightly more in this film and how he has started to show his hatred for the muggles and half wizards. His character really did start to show his true colours in this film. I have mentioned a few of the other main characters but there were a lot more and each did super jobs and gave the film slightly more depth.
The storyline was good and I did enjoy it. I found that if you had not read the book before watching the film then it was great but as I have read the book first then I found that lots was missing in the film and for me this was a disappointment. I think if it had more of the books smaller details in then it would have been slightly better.
The special effects in the film were very good and all looked very believable. There were a few times when I noticed an added backdrop, especially in the Quiddich match scenes but I can forgive this as the magical effects and the others were very good. The music was also very good and all fitted into the film very well, I found it did help with the tensions and emotions of the storyline.
The DVD which I have does not have any bonus features but for me this is no loss as I am not a fan of them anyway. The running time of this film is 161 minutes and I know this may seem long but once I got into the film I really did loose track of the amount of time I had been watching for. The certificate is a PG and I do agree with this, there are a few scary scenes but nothing which was too bad. I bought this DVD for just £3 in Tesco which I felt to be a great bargain price.
Overall taking everything into account I am definitely going to recommend this film as it was entertaining but I am going to say that for fans of the book they might be slightly disappointed as there are big chunks of it missing.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
I do find the Harry Potter films overrated, but they do work as mild, crowd-pleasing fluff if not much more: the first film was a decent effort, and grossed a HUGE amount of money, so here we get the just-as-successful sequel, which is a bit rough around the edges and feels like a bit of a retread, but it is nevertheless decent, despite its incredibly excessive 161 minute runtime.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is now in his second year at Hogwarts, and is visited by a strange elf called Dobby (who bears a striking resemblance to President Putin), who tells him not to go back to Hogwarts. Harry ignores this and returns anyway, meeting up again with Hermionne (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), while trying to contend with Snape (Alan Rickman) and the seething Malfoy. Strange things soon start to happen, and Harry hears about a special place: Chamber of Secrets, and only a descendent of Slytherin can open it, causing suspicion to fall onto Harry, despite the fact it wasn't him.
The Chamber of Secrets is a decent sequel, and sure to please the rabid fanbase, but it is a lesser film than the original due to its plodding pace, and a lot of this just felt very samey (and don't tell me "it was like that in the book", because it isn't a valid defense). Some impressive sequences (namely the spider and the snake near the end) and honed effects work (considering the horrible effects in the first film) are nice to see, but Rickman having only a few lines is a huge downer.
This is of course the follow up to Harry Potter and the philosphers stone. It is based on the book by J.K Rowling.
The film begins in the summer holidays, similar to as I have found all of the films so far in this series. Harry is feeling very down at the beginning of the film because he hasn't heard from any of his friends since he left Hogwarts, this is making him panic and worry. Alongside this, he has had to put up with his unbearable Aunt, Uncle and Cousin. Then, during a dinner party hosted by his uncle where Harry is meant to stay in silence upstairs, a house elf named Dobby appears in Harrys bedroom, he urges Harry not to return to Hogwarts but Harry has no choice, it is either that, which he now knows and loves or continue living with his family. When he returns to the school he finds that his behaviour last year has got him a number of new admirers including Ron's younger sister Ginny. As the year progresses, Harry finds himself witnessing stranger goings on around the school but nothing can prepare him for what he is to face at the close of the school year.
The film was made in 2002 but the DVD released on 11th April 2003. It is rated a PG. The film was directed by Chris Columbus as was the first one. There are a host of famous names starring in the film including Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron, Emma Watson as Hermione, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Sean Biggerstaff and Miriam Marg. The film lasts for 161 minutes and is available from Amazon for £5.98 or I have recently seen it on both Tescos and Asdas websites for around £5 with free delivery.
I really enjoyed this film. Again, similar to the first film it has stayed true to the book. It is a lot more graphic than the first film so if you have young children make sure you watch it with them the first time as there are snakes and spiders. The acting has taken off since the first film and the 3 characters of the main teenagers are played very well with both knowledge and emotion. I have to say I did imagine the book slightly different than the film was portrayed but that is my own personal opinion. The film is quite long at 161 minutes, too long for children really but it is this long so nothing from the book was missed out. Recommended.
Director Chris Columbus recreates the magic of the second book from author J.K. Rowling's best-selling series about a young wizard, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). In this sequel, Harry and his friends Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the new school year only to be met with a terrifying mystery. An unknown creature, one that supposedly lives in the legendary Chamber of Secrets hidden at Hogwarts, is attacking students in the school, leaving them literally petrified and as cold as stone. Even the professors seem at a loss for how to solve the chilling mystery, leaving it up to Harry and his friends to save the day. Rowling's story translates well to the big screen, with a magical flying car, a giant spider, a house elf named Dobby, and assorted other creatures making their film debuts. Radcliffe continues to charm as the wide-eyed young Potter, and Grint shines as his best friend and sidekick. Kenneth Branagh joins the all-star cast as the preening megalomaniac author and professor, Gilderoy Lockhart. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS also stars the late Richard Harris, majestic Maggie Smith, and an under-used Alan Rickman.