Sunday, January 25, 2015

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4.0 out of 5 stars A Stronger Film than Sorcerer's Stone
The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second in the franchise, improves upon the better qualities of "Sorcerer's Stone" and was able to avoid some of the determents that hurt the first film adaptation. Director/Producer Chris Columbus' decision to film the first two movies of the franchise at the same time paid off with a second film that was just a tad better than the first.

Unlike the first film, "Chamber of Secrets" retained it's faithfulness to the book without the unnecessary fat that bogged down the pace of "Sorcerer's Stone". As a result the film's pace keeps the audience engaged with what is happening on screen and giving the film a more complete feeling. The back-to-back filming allowed the younger members of the cast to remain in character longer and present development from one film to another as they got comfortable with their role. The adult members of the cast continued their excellent work and the addition of Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart was a brilliant casting decision.

The second installment of the Harry Potter franchise built upon the better qualities of the first film while avoiding the pacing issues the plagued making Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets a great film you don't want to look away from.

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