Head to Head – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Adam Gerekink took out his wand and shouted “expectum crapola” in the direction of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. For his troubles, he received some free movie tickets. You can too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Adam Gerekink will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Adam Gerekink – 2/5

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD? First The Ring remake, and now this? A relatively talented director takes a series into quote-unquote Dark Territory and this is what we get? Sure, it may be lauded by critics, and sure, the fans may LOVE it, but all this film consisted of was a bunch of kids reading lines like a high school musical, a smattering of teen angst and hormones that are COMPLETELY over-wrought, an astounding cast of virtually every Brit thesp providing, I must admit, some very good performances, and the medium-age Tom Riddle was actually genuinely terrifying but that’s not the point! All of these pros are pushed to the CG background while boredom and recitation takes centre stage. The battles were few and far between (and boringly sober to say the least) and every verbal confrontation between the students is laughably tame and faux melodramatic. So far, my wife, a friend and I are apparently the only people who didn’t enjoy this at all, but we can’t be the only ones right? Right?! Hello…? Either way, this viewer that enjoyed the book series is seriously considering skipping the next two films altogether, because you don’t wash a mouth full of dirt out with a quick rinse of mud.

Oh Adam, don’t you remember what it was like to be young and in love? Think back to the first time you saw your wife; perhaps glancing over at her longingly, just hoping she would look back at you in the same way? In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, David Yates and his incredibly talented young cast manage to recreate all those wonderful, awful, gut-churning feelings of unrequited teenage love. The film is full of good old fashioned adolescent ribaldry. As I wrote in my review, there are “luscious kisses in darkened hallways; drunken butter beer binges; experimentation with mind-altering ‘potions’.” Of course, as you mentioned Adam, Harry Potter 6 is primarily made up of darker elements. But I don’t resent this tonal shift; I cherish it. Once upon a time, children’s films didn’t pander to their young audience. Pictures like The Witches, The Goonies and Raiders of the Lost Ark provided family adventures that were sometimes terrifying. The Harry Potter franchise now happily sits amongst these golden oldies. Also Adam, you mentioned: “my wife, a friend and I” … I don’t know what kind of situation you’ve got going at your house, but I like it!

Now it’s over to you! What were your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

4 Responses to “Head to Head – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

  1. HAHAHA! Nice work!Let's just say there is plenty of "expecto patronum" going on over here!

  2. Half Blood Prince is probably my favourite HP movie yet…sorry Adam

  3. I enjoyed this film greatly, but I think I did expect more.Of course, this is only because I enjoyed the books so much, there are few ways th movies could match up. I think that there were some small and un-needed changes, for instance Harry simply watching the murder instead of being incapacitated and unable to do anything. Still, these changes are small, and I am willing to forgive them… even if no one can apparate in Hogwarts grounds… Not even the big D.In summary, I'm on Simons side.

  4. Hi,I like this article but..last night i went to the midnight premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn't feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don't get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don't know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

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