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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Review of film: “HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE” in 3-D IMAX version

Review of film:  HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE in 3-D IMAX version –

                 The 3-D will leave you wishing for MORE of the format! = 

                                         Rating: 9 of 10 stars. 

I decided to see the newly-released IMAX version of this impressively-done movie. It includes 15 minutes of specially-filmed 3-D footage. I was hoping it would come in bits & pieces during the more “ACTION”-filled areas of the film--  but instead, it’s all at the very BEGINNING of the film, including the introduction of professor Horace Slughorn (JIM BROADBENT)…

 The added depth with the 3-D made me wish the WHOLE thing had been done that way. But, it’s worth seeing because the IMAX format puts everything in the “proper” OUTSIZED largeness the project “deserves”…

 As I reported previously, the film concentrates mainly on RELATIONSHIPS between the various characters: DANIEL RATCLIFF as the “HARRY-chested” Wizard, in various private conversations with Dumbledore (MICHAEL GAMBON); RUPERT GRINT as Harry’s best buddy Ron who’s now the center of numerous ROMANTIC attentions including from Hermione (EMMA WATSON), etc….

 You’ll see a newly-violent Draco Malfoy (TOM FELTON), lots of very well-done special effects of a sorcerer nature, new importance for dastardly Snape (ALAN RICKMAN), & more. The VERY end mainly exists to set-up the final 2 upcoming movies in a somewhat weak narrative fashion…

  Altogether, tho, it’s a finely done, well-conceived & -acted enterprise (& BEST seen in IMAX if it’s feasible for you).

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