Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Cars fly, trees fight back, and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of his second year at Hogwarts. Adventure and danger await when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of The Secrets (2002)' has aged better than the first, the young actors now more confident and comfortable in their roles, and it also dips into darker territory as it expands the universe in exciting new ways. Once the well-paced main plot gets underway, the action sequences are entertaining and tense while the quieter moments allow for some decent character building and subtle set-up for later instalments. It's more entertaining than its predecessor and it's even more efficient, despite being longer. The fairly lengthy run-time flies by. For me, this is the definitive 'Potter' picture. 8/10
This is one of the more forgettable Harry Potter movies. Sure, the acting is good and the effects are believable and the cinematography is well-done, but the plot is bloated and full of infuriating holes. And that is all I have to say about this nothingburger.
I just finished watching all the Harry Potter films back to back to back to back. What a crazy trip. Before starting this review, here is my ranking, from best to worst:HP4 > HP8 > HP1 > HP6 > HP7 > HP2 > HP3 > HP5This one is not necessarily an awful film or anything. It is just not as good as most of the other HP films. But if for example, if it was released this year in 2017 it would be maybe the 3rd best film of the year.
The first Harry Potter movie broke some big records and started one of the biggest and beloved film franchise of all time. And this movie improved almost on everything the first gave us. In this movie you can clearly see that the main cast is transforming into great actors. Daniel, Emma and Rupert are really good in this movie, and so is the supporting cast too. The great new addition comes in the form of Kenneth Branagh who plays Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. He is one of the highlights in this movie, and is a great comedic element in it. He steals every scene he is in it. He's such a disgusting character but you cannot help yourself, and love that brilliant character. The story is more mature than in the first movie. I would call the movie a horror movie for children. There's a lot of twist and turns that keep you entertaining through this very long movie. And this is the longest of the Harry Potter movies, clocking at 161 minute. But you don't feel it, every minute is entertaining. The story is really well done, wrapped with suspense, adventure and mystery. The negativities I had in the first movie (little bit of 3rd act and CGI) are gone in this one. Every act in this movie is stable. The CGI is incredible improved, and not only that, but after 14 years, this movie looks absolutely incredible. The flying car scene is one of the biggest highlights of the movie. And the House Elf Dobby is incredible to look at, even in 2016. I would even dare to say this version of Dobby looks better than the Deathly Hallows one when it comes to CGI. And the final battle with the basilisk, again, firework for the eyes. This is Chris Columbus second Harry Potter movie, and the direction is, like in the first one, good. He knows what he wants. He's a great visionary director, a talent very important for a series like Harry Potter, full of CGI and action. The cinematography is improved too. This is a very good looking movie. But speaking about the technical stuff of the movie, the real winner is John Williams score. I said that the first Harry Potter movie had one of the best scores of all time, and John didn't disappoint this time either. Such a magnificent and beautiful score this is. And I have to mention this, this movie didn't get any nomination at the Oscars in 2003. This movie, without a doubt, was snubbed for Best Score and Best Visual Effects. This movie is almost without any flaws. The high quality of the movie sticks to the end. I only can recommended this movie to anyone. This is truly one of the best family movies of all time, and maybe the best Harry Potter movie too.+ Incredible CGI for that time + Story and Characters + Fantastic Music from John Williams 10/10