Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

logoDirector: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Toby Jones, Jim Norton, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith

 

Plot: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Mystery Left Open

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets starts by showing Harry (Radcliffe) back with his Uncle and Auntie who have given him an actual room but still resent having him around. While Harry gets a warning from Dobby not to go back to Hogwarts because of a plan against him. Ron (Grint) and his brothers come to Harry rescue and help him get back to Hogwarts. While Harry continually gets block be it not make the train because of it getting blocked. While the three friends have to go through the same problems as the year before, it is a mysterious voice that Harry keeps hearing that starts to make the main story.

When a visible warning appears that is trying to frame Harry including the death of the janitors cat. The Chamber of Secrets is a myth that was created by one of the founder of Hogwarts that will only be opened when his heir starts the school which will lead to all the muggle-born (human blood) wizards being killed. With more bodies turning up petrified the fingers continue to point at Harry and with more people believing it is him he finds himself trying to uncover the truth along with Ron.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the first one focused on the introduction, this time we learn more about the history of Hogwarts. We learn more about the mystery of the world that Harry has only just started to learn about as much as we do. We do get the continuation of the character development as well as only hearing parts about the greater evil that awaits the wizards in the future. We see the bound between the three friends grow as well as the battle against the rivals grows too. This is an improvement on the first as it shows how easily things can change for our hero. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter our young wizard who ignores the warning about returning to Hogwarts and finds himself trying to defend himself from all the clues that point in his direction when strange things start happening at Hogwarts. Daniel gives a great performance as the young wizard who has to fight against an enemy who underestimates him. (9/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron Weasley rescuer of Harry as well as loyal friend who wants to make sure Harry gets back to Hogwarts. Ron continues along his clumsy side but always is in the right place when Harry needs back up. Rupert gives a good performance who like previous film he gets the extra laughs. (8/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione Granger smartest of the three she learns about the potion that could unlock the truth for them, but also spends time in this film out of the picture due to the goings on. Emma gives a good performance but doesn’t get much screen time. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has a massive supporting cast and as the story telling tries to keep you guessing you have to work out who are the good, the bad and the planning ones. They all help with the story and are all portrayed very well.

 

Director Review: Chris Columbus – Chris does a great job directing, moving our characters into the next chapter of their story very well. (9/10)

 

Family: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great family film and this one will be much more interesting for the whole family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets put you in the fantasy world from the opening moments to the final moments. (10/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets does create an interesting mystery to be solved and with plenty of different suspects it will keep you guessing. (10/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets creates authentic looking sets that have created a world that we can look at and see as natural looking. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has solid effects in the most part but the Quidditch effects again come off poor. (6/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets should be watched to continue the story and even if you haven’t seen the first one you won’t have missed much in the way of story. (Watch)

 

Best Part:  The mystery created.

Worst Part: Quidditch effects

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 2 – 8 in the series

Post Credits Scene: Yes, but not important one.

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 BAFTAs

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $879 Million

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: The Chamber of Secrets has opened.

Trivia: Daniel Radcliffe was initially only offered £125,000 (approximately US $181,500) for this film. The actors’ union, Equity, stepped in and negotiated new terms which increased his salary to roughly £2,000,000 (US $3,000,000).

 

Overall: The first mystery of the saga

Rating 89

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

logoDirector: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Emma Watson, John Hurt, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman

 

Plot: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: It Begins

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone starts by showing two professors Dumdledore (Harris) and McGonagall (Smith) along with Hagrid (Coltrane) placing our protagonist in the hands of his Aunt and Uncle. Harry (Radcliffe) has lived in this family where he has to live where he gets neglected by them and his nephew who bullies him. While Harry starts receiving letters from Hogwarts his Uncle keeps disposing of them. While trying to hide from all the letters Harry gets a visitor on his 11th birthday from Hagrid telling him about his parents and taking him to Hogwarts.

Hagrid takes him to prepare for his trip to Hogwarts while Harry tries to uncover more about his parents. Harry learns that he has become a huge name in the wizard world before heading off to Hogwarts. Harry meets Ron Weasley (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) on route and his adventure to uncover his past is underway.  While Harry goes through the usual school times dealing with bullies but only on a basic level, he also has to deal with small matter of a teacher trying to change things at the school. We do get the early ideas of the greater battle ahead with the introduction of Voldermort.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone tells such a simple story that is focuses more on just character development. We get hints of something bigger to happen in future films but not everything is given away. We get to meet and learn enough about Harry’s past that we want to come back and see what else is to hear. This is a great introduction to the series and the characters we are going to be seeing for plenty of films to come. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter orphan who finds out about his past when he goes to Hogwarts and he learns about a world of wizard to which his parents were apart of. Daniel does a great job as the young hero that was an iconic character to start with. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione Granger one of the young wizards who joins with Harry, she is very well spoken and believes she knows it all. Emma does give a good performance starting off as an unlikeable character but quickly becoming a close friend our hero. (8/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron Weasley first person Harry meets on the way to Hogwarts, he becomes friends with him as he comes off as the only one who is down to Earth. Rupert gives a good performance getting a few extra laughs to break up the serious sides of the story. (8/10)

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Alan Rickman: Severus Snape shady professor who seems to be out to stop Harry and collect the Philosopher’s stone. He might have an agenda but what we are left to believe might not be all we see. Alan does a great job to create the mysterious character that even when it gets proven he is not the villain we still suspect. (9/10)

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Robbie Coltrane: Hagrid the wizard who bring Harry to Hogwarts and constantly gives away information he shouldn’t be given away. Robbie does give a good performance that is full of laughs. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is full of supporting characters that all offer something to the story, be it for this chapter of the saga or to the bigger picture that is yet to come.

 

Director Review: Chris Columbus – Chris does a good job directing by offering us a great introduction to all the characters that we are going to be seeing through the films. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone offers plenty of adventure elements for our young heroes. (8/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is always going to be known as a family film and this is good for the whole family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone puts use into a world of fantasy from the moment Hagrid turns up to see Harry Potter. (10/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone creates beautiful settings that put us in the world of magic. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone uses solid special effects but some of them have started to date. (6/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone should be watched by all the fantasy and family people out there, it will be creating something for all of them to enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Extreme Chess.

Worst Part: Certain special effects looks a bit iffy now.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Beginning of the franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for three Oscars

Box Office: $975 Million

Budget: $125 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Let The Magic Begin.

 

Overall: Great Introduction

Rating 88

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

logoDirector: George Miller

Writer: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris (Screenplay)

Starring:  Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough

 

Plot: In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Marvellously Mad Mental Max

 

Story: Mad Max: Fury Road starts by showing Max (Hardy) a broken man who travels alone through the dessert wasteland the world has become. He gets tracked down by savages who want to parade him around on their fancy cars. Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) keeps the water supplies strict while his best warriors go out in search of the next gas shipment. His warriors of choice include Imperator Furiosa (Theron), but Furiosa has other ideas taking the convoy into hostile territory taking of Joe’s woman planning to take them to a safe place.

Joe sends out his troops to retrieve his property with Nux (Hoult) seeing this as a chance to prove himself to the leader, his car also gets a new ornament of Max. These actions instantly get us into a position where we have three different fighting sides all out for their own goals. It also shows us just what level of action we will be seeing through the film.

When the dust settles Mad somehow makes it out alive but attached to Nux where he finds Furiosa and the woman where they team up to get to safety as Mad sees this as his chance to make it out of his captivity. What follows is an all-out race to the safety zone for the one rig against countless followers.

Mad Max: Fury Road tears up the rulebook on sequel, reboots or remakes here by not focusing solely on the character we all know in Max whose name we don’t even learn until very near the end of the film. The film mostly focuses on Furiosa and her mission where Max helps out. I am will to go far enough to say this isn’t even really a Mad Max film this is an Imperator Furiosa film that Max is part of. As the story it would be fair to say the idea is very simple with the idea of trying to rescue a group slaves and making them free from their evil master. The story works because the film lets the action unfold with the whole film literally being a car chase going on for 2 hours. This really is how you make a popcorn action film with ease on the story side. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Hardy: Max is the lone warrior captured by the Warlords before being used as a hood ornament where he manages to escape teaming up with Furiosa to rescue the brides of Immortan Joe in the all action race across the wasteland. Tom does give a good performance but almost lets his character slip into the background too often. (7/10)

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Charlize Theron: Imperator Furiosa is the lady freeing the brides of Immortan Joe but she finds herself outnumbered and out gunned before teaming up with Max and Nux to escape once and for all. Charlize gives a great performance becoming the dominate presence in every scene she is in. (9/10)

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Nicholas Hoult: Nux is one of the follows who is always out to impress but when he finally starts getting noticed things go wrong leaving him outside the loop and teaming up to escape with Max. Nicholas continues to show he isn’t afraid to take a chance on his role choices with a good performance as the deranged Nux. (7/10)

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Hugh Keays-Byrne: Immortan Joe is the leader of the warlords who gets tricked into losing his people before setting out with all his men to bring them back from the people he believes betrayed him. Hugh makes the character feel like he is part of the world with ease because of his unique over the top cartoon like image. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Mad Max: Fury Road has countless supporting characters we have the brides but most of all we have the seemingly endless amount of warriors trying to track them down who fill up the body count.

 

Director Review: George Miller – George brings his classic into the modern era with ease here making it one of the most enjoyable films of the year. (9/10)

 

Action: Mad Max: Fury Road could easily have given us the best action scenes of the year with the crazy mental car chases. (10/10)

Sci-Fi: Mad Max: Fury Road brings us into a very bleak future where we don’t seem to have much hope but will always fight on. (9/10)

Thriller: Mad Max: Fury Road really keeps you guess because you just want to know what could possibly happen next. (9/10)

Settings: Mad Max: Fury Road puts us in the wasteland world where we have to see our character deal with the problems of that world. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Mad Max: Fury Road uses brilliant mostly practical effects for the car chases but makes everything come off stunning on screen. (10/10)

Suggestion: Mad Max: Fury Road is simply put a must watch for all action movie fans, but anyone who is into serious films should really skip it. (Action Fans Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Endless car chases.

Worst Part: Not enough focus on Max.

Action Scene Of The Film: Most of the first hour is one action scene.

 

Believability: NO (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could easily have another film in the series.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Could easily get a few special effects nominations

Box Office: $50 Million Opening Weekend in US

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: Only the mad survive

Trivia: Instead of the reboot being a remake of Mad Max (1979), revealing how Max Rockantasky became The Road Warrior, George Miller decided that the reboot will take place in the post-apocalyptic Australia, years after the new Max (Tom Hardy) lost his family, because he did not wish to do a remake or retell the story that had already been told and had wanted to update the universe and the wasteland and wanted new moviegoers to remember Max as a man with nothing to lose after losing his family.

 

Overall: Mad Max is brilliant action pack car flying crazy film that will leave you saying one word ‘Wow’

Rating 90