Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

logoDirector: David Yates

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

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith

 

Plot: As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lowering The Levels Here

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince starts by the dark master Lord Voldemort’s (Fiennes) and his wizards attacking London. Harry (Radcliffe) has spent his summer enjoy himself away from the abusive family, when a visit from Dumbledore (Gambon) opens up the next adventure. Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) are having second thoughts about returning to Hogwarts for their sixth year. We see Severus Snape (Rickman) conspiring with Bellatrix Lestrange (Carter) and the Malfoy family along with us hearing about a plan for Draco (Felton) to complete the dark lords work.

Upon returning to Hogwarts the students learn how it might not be safe there anymore and the defences have been increased to try and protect the students from the evil outside the walls. We learn more about Voldemort’s time as a student as Hogwarts where he went by the name Thomas Riddle and the interaction he had with Dumbledore. We continue to see Draco planning something as he seems to have cut out the bullying side of his character, while our three leads all deal with relationship issues.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is bar far the most boring of all of the films so far, it deals with way too much relationship issue when the bigger picture seems to be swept under the rug especially after what we saw in the last one. It is sad because the final moments of this film are also some of the most important of the whole series, but as I have said for the last couple it is all build to one big battle that we will not see until next time I hope. I really feel if this one had been a better all-round story it could have been the most emotional impactful so far but because of the lame relationship stuff we just lose interest here. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter known as the chosen one now, he wants to continue his studies so he will be ready to fulfil his destiny and be the one to stop Voldemort. Daniel gives an ok performance but in the end it isn’t the level you have come to expect. (7/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione she was a strong power leading witch but now all she wants to know is why Ron is taking notice of her. Emma does a solid job but less screen time then it kind of ruins the quality of the friendship. (6/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron stuck in a teenage relationship and new star of the Quidditch team. Rupert is also getting less screen time that pulls it all down for him. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has a huge supporting cast but this time not enough of them make an impact on everything that is going.

 

Director Review: David Yates – Pulls the standard of franchise down because we are expecting such a larger level of directing. (5/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince pulls away from the adventure side to give us all the teen romance rubbish. (2/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is does continue to be one for the family but this could be missed in the most part. (5/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince keeps the fantasy level up high. (8/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offers plenty of mystery and continues to leave some of the open for a later film. (9/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince all come off great throughout the film. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cuts down on the effects but in the end when it is used looks too much CGI used. (4/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the first one of the series I could say miss too, but the final moments make it import to what happens for the next one. (Watch if you have seen the rest)

 

Best Part: Final moments.

Worst Part: Teen romance crap

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 5 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 1 Oscar

Box Office: $934 Million

Budget: $250 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 33 Minutes

Tagline: Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry

Trivia: The only ‘Harry Potter’ movie to be Oscar nominated for the Best Cinematography Academy Award.

 

Overall: Worst in the Series

Rating 66

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The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

logoDirector: Tom Six

Writer: Tom Six (Screenplay)

Starring: Eric Roberts, Bree Olson, Laurence R Harvey, Dieter Laser, Clayton Rohner

 

Plot: Taking inspiration from The Human Centipede films, the warden of a notorious and troubled prison looks to create a 500-person human centipede as a solution to his problems.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Sparks are Gone

 

Story: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) starts like the second film by showing a character watching the end of the previous film, this time it is prisoner warden Bill Boss (Laser) being forced to watch it by Dwight Butler (Harvey) and his sexy assistant Daisy (Porn star Olson). The prison is overrun with violent inmates making the guard turnover high, this leads to Bill Boss wanting to bring back punishments but Dwight has his own idea.

Bill Boss is struggling with medical problems both physical and mental but won’t take the Doctors advice about the problems. When Governor Hughes (Roberts) turns up makes Bill Boss’ problems increase because he knows about the tackling violence with violence techniques. Hughes wants this changed or Boss and Butler will be fired. When Bill Boss’ ideas continue to fail Dwight comes up with the idea to turn all the inmates into one giant centipede bringing in the director him Tom Six to oversee the construction of the centipede.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) is the final part of a trilogy that I had to respect the first film because of the original idea, get disturbed by the second chapter and get disappointed with the conclusion. I have to say this was designed to almost take the piss at all of the critics who questioned the films in the past but ends up being very unlikable because of the character Bill Boss who I understand is made to be unlikable but ends up just being very annoying. The film takes way too long to introduce the idea of a human centipede with it being nearly an hour before entering the idea giving us nothing but pointless violence to start opening half of the film just to try and shock us. I can’t give only negative so the best thing about this film is that it would be a punishment to try and stop criminals committing crime because of the consequences. In the end this comes off too slow, too randomly violent and loses the idea of clever idea behind the concept. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Eric Roberts: Governor Hughes wants things to change at the prison because of the violence and gives Boss a month to change the ways. Eric only has a couple of scenes but plays the Governor very well being the highlight of the film. (6/10)

 

Laurence R Harvey: Dwight Butler is the accountant at the prison who believes that the idea of turning the prisoners into a human centipede. Dwight is the one with the vision but he does belief that innocent people shouldn’t be punished. Laurence does a solid job but never reaches the levels he did in the previous film where his character will stick with you. (5/10)

 

Dieter Laser: Bill Boss is the sadistic prison warden who commits violent acts on the prisoners to try and make them disciplined. His job is on the line if he doesn’t change his ways but his idea includes reluctantly making a giant human centipede. Dieter makes this character almost unbearable with his constant shouting and screaming because you just get tired out it after a while. (3/10)

 

Bree Olson: Daisy is the sexy assistant to Bill Boss who has to do whatever he wants because of the strings he has pulled to help her family. Bree does try but you can clearly she isn’t meant to be a serious actress. (3/10)

 

Support Cast: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) has a supporting cast that is mostly the generic prisoner that become the victims of the centipede.

 

Director Review: Tom Six – Tom manages to make a film that tries to stick it to the critics but never reaches the levels his first two managed to achieve. (4/10)

 

Horror: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) does have horror elements but never really comes off scary but has few moments of gore. (5/10)

Settings: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) keeps everything set in the prison which works for the idea behind the film. (9/10)
Special Effects
: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) uses practical effects but keeps them for the moments to try and shock. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) is going to have to be one I say avoid because it doesn’t have the same levels the first two have. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The centipede revealed.

Worst Part: Bill Boss is very annoying.

What Could Have Been Better? – Make it shorter, start the centipede earlier.

Favourite Quote: Governor Hughes ‘You talk so much shit your ass must get jealous’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: 100% politically incorrect

 

Overall: A lazy conclusion to disturbing trilogy that loses all the sparks we once had.

Rating20

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

logoDirector: David Yates

Writer: Michael Goldenberg (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton

 

Plot: With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Battle Is Coming

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix starts by Harry (Radcliffe) getting bullied by his cousin before getting attack by two getting attacked by two dementors. Fighting them off leads Harry to get expelled from Hogwarts while he is still dealing with the nightmares of what happened with Cedric. Harry does get rescued from his human home by Moody (Gleeson) and taken to meet up with his friends, where he learns of the Order of the Phoenix who come together to protect against Voldemort. Harry has to go to a hearing to decide whether he can return to Hogwarts. Harry does get its expulsion over turned he returns to Hogwarts with a war approaching.

Harry has to deal with the other students who question what really happened with Cedric but his friends Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) stay loyal to him. The teachers who have joined (yes more teacher changes) are selected by the Witches Council who are out to show Harry as a liar and expose Dumbledore (Gambon). The new dark arts professor Dolores Umbridge (Staunton) is out to change the school and stopping the wizards from learning to fight back against any evil that comes their way. Harry ends up trying to teach his classmates to defend themselves much against the new rules put in place at the school. With the school divided Harry learns who he can trust and who he will have to battle against.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, continues on from the last one with the consequences having an effect on the world we have got to know. We show the sides starting to be drawn up in the battle along with the personal battle between good and evil going on inside Harry. This once again returns to the building up to the bigger battle showing each side preparing and even though we have a battle in the end it is just a test to see how each side is doing with the battles. It is a solid builder to the next chapter but it would be nice to see the bad guys get the final word for once much like Star Wars did. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter after surviving his first encounter with Voldemort he has to help the students get ready for a battle against the dark lord but he has to do this in secret while learning about the dangers that may lie ahead. Daniel continues to improve in the role that is showing a higher level of maturity in his performance. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione while she helps Harry find the motivation to stand up for what he believes in she also learns more about her own powers. Emma gives a good supporting performance that seems to be getting small as each film unfolds. (7/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron as the trusty friend of Harry he helps Harry stand up to the other students who doubt him. Much like Emma, Ron’s performance was good for a supporting role which is getting smaller. (7/10)

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Imelda Staunton: Dolores Umbridge part of the Wizard’s Council who becomes the head teacher at Hogwarts and tries to change everything that the students learn. Imelda gives a good performance as the very unlikable teacher. (9/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix introduces yet more character that all end up helping the next chapter of the story unfold, this does have side effects because the regular characters seem to be getting less screen time.

 

Director Review: David Yates – David does a good job directing what is the build-up to what will be a bigger battle in the future. (8/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues the adventure side to the story that we have all got to know. (9/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is starting to sway towards the older family and losing the appeal to the younger children. (8/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix keeps us in the world on fantasy throughout. (9/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix offers up a solid level of mystery as we are not sure who is on what side. (8/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix uses the best settings it can making everything feel very authentic throughout. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix uses good special effects but sadly you can see how much CGI has gone into them. (7/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix should be watched by the fans of the series but by now it will be too late to pick up in the middle. (Watch After The Rest)

 

Best Part: Magic training.

Worst Part: CGI lets it down again.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 5 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 BAFTAs

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $940 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 19 Minutes

Tagline:  The Rebellion Begins

 

Overall: Battles Lines Drawn

Rating 90