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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

Lord Voldermort is wreaking havoc throughout Britain as Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts. The pressure to defeat the Dark Lord grows stronger in the young wizard. Using an old Potions Book which previously belonged to the `Half-Blood Prince`, Harry is able to increase his magical knowledge and prepare for battle. However, he must first help Dumbledore discover the secret to Voldermort`s quest for immortality - the location of his Horcruxes. But the quest for the Horcruxes and the resulting battle at Hogwarts produce a tragic outcome - leading Harry to believe that he must head out on his own to conquer the Dark Lord.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 16 Jul 2009
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Family / Kids
Running Time: 2 Hours 34 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Maggie Smith, Evanna Lynch, Timothy Spall
Director: David Yates
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: "Harry Potter" films

To compare with the last HP movie (Order Of The Phoenix), one can say that the first thing one realises is that Emma Watson has improved a little since her ghastly performance in the last movie.

For those of you who read the books, there will be some missing parts missing (which I am sure will not hinder those who have never touched a page of it) and this might disappoint those who have read it say, twelve times. The plot remains true to the book, retaining its dark undertone. Performances from actors such as Grint, Rickman and Broadbent are thoroughly interesting, and special kudos for Michael Gambon, who succeeds in making everybody sympathise with Dumbledore (and even love him) this time around, instead of his usual mysterious non-explanatory self. There is more substance, emotion and expression in the storyline - even humour.

In terms of cinematography, the stylised shot is more than welcoming. There are a few scenes that are interesting without feeling forced. The part where Dumbledore casts fires around himself is similar to the illustration in the original book, something this reviewer appreciates very much. Then there are simple yet very editorial shots like the one with Dumbledore and Harry talking while facing a billboard showing a "Muggle" perfume ad, and a shot of Fawkes (the phoenix) flying away from a window view. Grand indeed.

However, a warning to those who do not like the fifth installment - you may not like this one either. A Harry Potter film is more than just magic and fantasy. What makes it strong and popular is J. K. Rowling's gift of storytelling, blending the magic of Enid Blyton and mystery of Arthur Conan Doyle. As such, its films must convey that gift and nobody else can do it better than David Yates. There is not much change in his direction, but truth be told, of all the directors who did a Potter film, one reckons Yates is the most true to the original storyline. In the end, that's the most important detail.

Cinema Online, 14 July 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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