Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002) – Should I Watch It?
A scarfaced orphan attends his second year at a magical school filled with danger and indescribably inept teachers.
As the movie starts the renowned Warner Brothers logo appears and a familiar jingle begins playing. Within seconds you are entranced by the magically captivating tune. You know what is coming next; you are going on an adventure. You are going to Hogwarts.
At least, that is how I feel whenever I start watching a Harry Potter movie. These first few seconds are absolutely brilliant. It is flawless in theme and simplicity. It attracts the viewer’s attention like a witch on a broomstick. Too bad that, as the story unfolds, this excitement drips away like a pint of butterbeer in a leaky cauldron.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, and Ron Weasley, who are about to attend their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In fact, nearly every character from the first instalment makes their return.
And the casts gets even stronger with the addition of Jason Isaacs, as the sly and dastardly cunning Lucius Malfoy, and Kenneth Branagh, who takes on the role of the boisterous and self-absorbed pretty boy Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Once again the casting team has done a great job as these actors fully embody their respective characters.
Less attention seems to have been given to minor characters. Borgin’s overacting is agonisingly bad, and never have I seen characters with as little personality as the Mason’s.
Even less attention seems to have been put into the cinematography. It still has that straight-to-DVD vibe the first one had. The CGI, though greatly improved, is unimpressive, and many exciting moment would have been more exciting if it were filmed and edited in a better way. Many scenes drag on and just focus on the weird expression Rupert Grint can make. I do have to acknowledge the prop team; they truly did a great job. The Weasley’s house looks very much how one would imagine a family of wizards and witches would live, and Hogwarts remains as impressive as even.
I like Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets as a book, and that makes it painful to admit that this film is not that great. In fact, it is my least favourite of the Harry Potter franchise. There are unexplained story leaps, it is visually mediocre, and there are just too many moments of wasted potential. The movie is not all bad, but it does more things wrong than it does right. I am not going to recommend this movie, but let’s be real; if you are going to watch the Harry Potter movies you are going to watch them all. As you should.
No, don’t watch it.
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