From the desk of The Movie Snob
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (C+). I should stop reviewing these things because I am sure nobody in the vast throng of people that watch these movies agrees with me. Nevertheless, the critic must attend to his duty. I think I liked this installment a tiny bit better than some of the earlier ones because of the romantic subplots that are developing as the young wizards start to grow up. Those stories were entertaining enough. The heavy stuff about the terrifying evil wizard Voldemort, and the effects-heavy battles that supposedly advance thee plot just leave me cold. Also, I was confused by the arc of this movie — it seemed like the big question was whether Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, December Boys) was going to be able to get some big secret out of Hogwarts’ newest professor, but then it sort of sounded like Dumbledore had already guessed, or at least half-guessed, the facts that were being concealed. Oh well. Hermione (Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is cute. And Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland) seems perfect for her role as one of the evil henchmen.