Monday, November 12, 2018


 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was again directed by David Yates. Dumbledore takes Harry to recruit Horace Slughorn  he is someone they really need to teach at this school.  This guy has crucial memories of Tom Riddle now Voldemort and Dumbledore tries to use Harry to get closer to Horace, so they can get that information from him. Dumbledore is positive that this memory can help them defeat Voldemort.    Half-Blood prince is a very subtle movie it's very quiet there isn't much happening it's definitely the most uneventful Harry Potter film that isn't a bad thing though. This film is in my opinion the very first adult Harry Potter film. Even though the films have gotten darker as they have gone on this one does feel like it is aimed at adults because there is a lot of inaction, there's a lot of mystery, there's a lot of dialogue, there's a lot of character building and there's barely any magic battles at all. It's a very character-driven movie and that is a big complement for a movie like this that appeals to a young demographic.    Also, some very important things happen towards the end of this movie for Harry's life that of Dumbledore's death at the hands of Severus Snape. So this movie had build that relationship between Dumbledore and Harry because Order of the Phoenix didn't really explore it at all and this movie did that so those emotional scenes mean a lot more.  One of my favorite scenes in this movie is towards the end when Harry and Dumbledore go to this cave with this liquid that Dumbledore has to drink that's very poisonous it's a very intense scene it's very thrilling a lot of great action in that scene and it was directed extremely well.    Harry is eventually able to get Horace to tell him what he needs to know by using the memory of his mother. It's a very touching scene it was really heartfelt and he finally figures out what he needs to know. Dumbledore and Harry go searching for Horcruxes devices that are linked to Voldemort's very being and if they can destroy all of them they destroy Voldemort.   The end of this movie is really sad. Draco is a lot worse than he used to be. He's no longer just a bully he's getting really close to Voldemort and he has that evil brewing within him, but he's not sure if he has to act on it yet and Severus steps in and kills Dumbledore, but there is a sense that there is more to that.   With the death of Dumbledore it feels like hope is lost and Harry knows he has to go out and find the Horcruxes. The very last scene of Harry, Ron and Hermione talking and seeing the Phoenix fly away was very touching.    5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is directed by David Yates who would continue to direct the remaining movies. It's very clear as this film opens that it is going to be a different vision than we had previously experienced.  There is something about the way this film opens that felt almost dream like even though we were watching events that were happening. A lot of Order of the Phoenix is about dreams and visions and prophecies, but this opining actually captured that felling. This was also the first time we got to see Dudley with his gang after they pick on Harry for a while Dementors come and Harry has to defend Dudley against this Dementor.  Since Harry used a spell outside school he gets a letter saying that he is expelled from Hogwarts for this. This is just the first hint of what Dolores Umbridge will do.    If you thought the Dursleys and Draco were bad. They are nothing compared to how horrible Umbridge is. In this movie Dolores Umbridge takes over Hogwarts and she makes all these ridiculous rules. She stops the kids from learning how to defend themselves and she tries to use the Ministry of Magic to make everything at Hogwarts change. Harry Potter is the only person trying to tell everyone that Voldemort is back and no one wants to believe him.    When Harry is facing expulsion from Hogwarts Alastor Moody returns to rescue him and takes him to meet The Order of the Phoenix. A secret group of people who are trying to do some good and Sirius Black is involved with this as well.  Since he used magic outside school Harry is put on trial and Dumbledore defends him excellently, but this is our first encounter with Umbridge who I already mentioned is a total bitch.  Thankfully Harry is cleared of the charges and we get to go to Hogwarts with him.   Pressure is mounting on Harry so much because kids are reading headlines about him, people think perhaps Harry's crazy for saying that Voldemort is back and Cedric Diggory's memory is not being honored properly because people are making up lies about how he died.  Harry tries to be the one to stand up and tell the truth about what happened and once the kids start believe him Harry, Ron and Hermione form a secret society of kids and start training each other to defend themselves against an oncoming war that Harry is sure is coming.    This is great because we finally get to see Harry step into the role of a teacher and it is really inspiring.  We also finally learned a little bit more about Snape's past and it was actually haunting. We got inside Snape's memory when he is trying to train Harry to discipline his mind and Harry uses that spell right back on Snape and learns that his father used to bully Snape.    The kids eventually concoct a plot using a giant that is Hagrid's half-brother to get Umbridge out of this school and eventually the Centaurs come and take her away because the Ministry of Magic is restricting their space as well.  The kids fly to London and a gigantic showdown takes place and this is our first real look at magic war and holy shit it was awesome.  David Yates did such a great job directing these sequences.   Voldemort appears Dumbledore Sirius everyone is out there using magic and it is extremely exciting.  Harry experiences more loss when Bellatrix appears and kills Sirius this scene is always hard to watch. I read that they muted Harry's scream because it was so agonizing they felt it was too intense.  Harry is so consumed with rage that he goes after Bellatrix, but he withstands the temptation from Voldemort to kill her.  Order of the Phoenix managed to be darkly intense, supremely exciting and powerfully heartfelt all at once and that is difficult to do.   5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was directed by Mike Newell and tells the story of the legendary Triwizard Tournament and the Goblet of Fire that spits out names of people it has chosen to be a champion and despite the fact that Harry Potter is not yet of age to compete his name comes out. Now he has to step up and prove himself while also solving the mystery of why he is even in this tournament while also dealing with an entire school who are looking down on him for the fact that he gets to participate.    This was the first Harry Potter movie to open without the evil vile Dursley Family the Harry Potter series has some awful people in it one particular person I'll talk about in my next review, but that family is horrible.  This movie gets to the action really quickly Harry, Hermione and Ron go to watch the world cup of Quidditch in which Death Eaters eventually take over the area destroying everything.  This movie also introduced the character Cedric Diggory he stars off as someone you don't like, but as the movie goes on you do eventually start to like him.  Goblet of Fire explored puberty more Harry, Hermione and Ron are starting to get a little older little cute looks at students is now turning into something more.  There's a dance in this film all of a sudden pressure is mounted on the students about who they are going to ask. This movie wisely plays much of this for comedy it is not taken overly seriously.  There is a great scene where Harry says that he would rather face a dragon again than ask a girl to this dance.    This movie also introduced Alastor Moody played by Brendan Gleeson a new teacher with a deep knowledge of the Dark Arts. He used to train people in Defense Against the Dark Arts and so he wants to teach these kids how to defend themselves. There is a really powerful sequence where he attempts to explain the Unforgivable Curses.   Even though Harry is experiencing some new feelings in a very funny scene he is not very amused by Hagrid's  newfound love.   In this film Harry and Ron get into an argument over a misunderstanding and so it also explores that aspect of friendship as well.  The start of The Triwizard Tournament and watching Harry face off against that dragon was so much fun.  The whole Dance sequence is done well you get the first time where Harry looks at Hermione and perhaps sees a woman and it's done beautifully.  The next challenge involves having to stay underwater for an hour. Harry ingest this plant that allows him to grow gills and we get this really terrific scene where he rescues not just his friend, but the other person's friend as well.  The final challenge in this tournament is a giant maze that entire sequence is extremely tense.  Everything that happens towards the end of this film is extremely impotent for Harry.  We see Lord Voldemort in his new body played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes. We learn more about Harry's parents and we get our first glimpse of epic showdowns that are to come when Harry faces off very briefly against Voldemort and Cedric does die.  The most powerful thing about this moment is when Harry's parents are by his side trying to help him.    Daniel Radcliffe is really magnificent towards the end of this movie. He gives a fantastic performance and I felt so much for him.  Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric was very touching. Everything about how this movie ends is a very good hint at what is to come.   5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Friday, November 9, 2018


 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuaron who made a beautiful film. Every shot in this movie is dripping with gorgeous scenery and fantastic lighting.  In Harry Potter's third year he is getting to a point where he is no longer taking shit from people.  His Aunt, Uncle and Cousin are used to treating him like dirt and in a very entertaining scene he turns an extremely annoying woman into a giant fat balloon and he leaves. which leads to a very fun sequence on The Knight Bus.    This movie's story surrounds the character Sirius Black played by Gary Oldman. He Was in Azkaban Prison and Harry learns that Sirius Black just might be the person the betrayed his parents getting them killed by Voldemort.  The Dementors are invading the world of Hogwarts looking for Sirius Black causing a serious stir among the students and teachers.    Harry gets back on the train to Hogwarts Hermione is there Ron is there. It's cool to see these characters back together again which is something I love in every one of these movies.  This movie instantly lets us know that it is going to be darker than the other two when the Dementors walk onto this train. In this movie we have Professor Lupin who as you know if you have read the book or watched the movie is actually a werewolf.  Also something I love in this movie was seeing Hagrid actually get to teach which is when we meet the Hippogriff Buckbeak. Like I mentioned Harry has stopped taking shit from people he directly opposes Draco in this film and that was lovely and even better is later on when Hermione stops taking shit from Draco as well.  The magic of this world is expanded with an awesome scene where Professor Lupin teaches the kids to turn things they are afraid of into something funny. Not only is that a great message for kids it's also a very entertaining scene. There is also this really cool thing called The Marauder's Map that Harry comes across that allows him to see where anyone is in Hogwarts.  There is a very suspenseful scene in a hallway at night where Harry thinks he is about to face off with this person he is looking for that is supposedly dead. If you've seen the movie you know this guy ends up being a rat and if you listen very carefully in the hallway scene you can actually hear a rat scurrying along.    The Special effects in this movie have improved the Quidditch scene has more depth in the rain and all the creatures still hold up very well all these years later.   When we finally meet Sirius Black we learn things about his past that are extremely impotent this is actually someone who wants to help Harry. He even offers for Harry to come live with him.   Lupin is revealed to be a werewolf Sirius Black was in hiding as a dog throughout the entire movie.    I absolutely love the back in time sequence it fells so urgent and the amazing music from John Williams really helps.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite film in the series. 5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was once again directed by Chris Columbus this was the last film that he made in this series.  It is scored once again by the amazing John Williams with his great Harry Potter theme.  In chamber of Secrets we already know Hogwarts, the principal characters and Harry's horrible Aunt and Uncle.  So it doesn't have to set any of that up and gets you right into the story.  This film set up a very compelling mystery what is the Chamber of Secrets. Kids at Hogwarts are being petrified. Cryptic messages written in blood are found on the walls.    This film also introduces as to the character Dobby when you first see him you think he is just going to be the comic relief, but he becomes a character that you fell bad for once you see what is going on behind the scenes with Draco's father who is somehow even worse than his son.  Along with the mystery involving the Chamber of Secrets we also learn a little more about Harry Potter he can speak in Parseltongue he can talk to snakes.  That sets up more compelling things to make us curious about this character.  One of my favorite parts of this movie is the Dueling Club scene when Harry and Draco face off in a wand battle.   This movie is a bit darker and slightly more scary than the first. With Harry and Ron going into the forest. Also once we get to the big finale in which Harry finds out that Tom Riddle is not a very good person as well as his battle with the Basilisk.   Throughout this entire film these three kids are just so great together they bring a giant smile to your face. I love seeing the three of them grow and mature and that is a rare thing in films to have this many movies in which you can watch these characters grow up in front of you.    5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


 With Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald coming out soon now is the perfect time for me to review all the Harry Potter movies plus Fantastic Beast and where to Find Them. The Harry Potter book series had a big impact on people and it was inevitable that they would become movies.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone was directed by Chris Columbus and he did a wonderful job. The score was composed beautifully by John Williams.  They cast Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.  Having seen all the movies we know what an excellent choice that was, but even in Sorcerer's Stone he gave a really good performance. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley Emma Watson as Hermione Granger these three characters and these three actors are one of the biggest reasons these films were so successful.  In Sorcerer's Stone we got to see these three characters come together and it's really a joy to see every time I rewatch this film.    They did such a great job casting this entire film especially Alan Rickman as Professor Snape. You get this feeling of dark slimy intensity he pulled that part off so well.  As soon as you meet the character Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton you realize how much of an ass he is you just want to slap him.  Hogwarts it made me want to be a wizard. It seemed like the greatest school you could go to learning all these spells and playing Quidditch.   The film sets up this world extremely well and gets you excited to see more.  My favorite parts of this movie are the sequences that are just touching darkness that feel like they are hinting at the future for example the forbidden forest scene and all the stuff at the end where they are trying to get the Sorcerer's Stone.    This is a heart warming fantasy film that families can enjoy.    5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.


Friday, November 2, 2018


 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. The plot of the movie is a young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.   I had no interest in seeing this the trailers for this looked bad.  This movie was incredibly boring and it is easily my least favorite film of the year. The acting is very bad most of the actors don't look like they want to be there. Keira Knightly plays The Sugar plumb fairy she speaks with this extremely irritating high-pitched voice. It is the most annoying performance of the year.  The guy who plays The Nutcracker does not stand out at all I completely forgot he was The Nutcracker until the very end of the movie.   I don't know who this movie is targeted to it is really goofy in parts, so I thought it is obviously meant for kids than in other parts I fell it would be to scary for kids.  The Cinematography is so colorful it looked like a unicorn thew up a rainbow.    0 out of 5 stars for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you don't waste your time with this trash.