Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review: Expectations High
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince officially opens at midnight July 15th and fans have already started lining up for the much anticipated sixth installment of the famous Harry Potter franchise by J.K. Rowling.
This film was supposed to be released late last year, but was pushed back and fans have been waiting a long time to see what happens to Harry and his friends now that they are growing up.
Manohla Dargis from the New York Times reviewed the film and didn't seem to have many good things to say about it:
That any sense of play and pleasure remains amid all the doom and the dust, the poisonous potions and murderous sentiments, is partly a testament to the remarkable sturdiness of this movie franchise, which has transformed in subtle and obvious fashion, changing in tandem with the sprouting bodies and slowly evolving personalities of its young, now teenage characters.
Takings for the Half-Blood Prince have already been estimated to be $4.5 billion worldwide, but Dargis just wants the films to get on with it:
But, seriously, could we just get on with it? For at least one committed follower of the series, who closed the last chapter on Harry soon after “The Deathly Hallows” was published in 2007, the lag time between the final books and the movies has drained much of the urgency from this screen adaptation, which, far more than any of the previous films, comes across as an afterthought.
Despite what some critics are saying about the film, theatres all over the world have already sold out for the first showings of the film and fans are more than willing to lose hours of sleep in the middle of the week to see this new installment.