Latest Potter movie falls short for film fans

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Want to be a Film Fan?

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2 1/2 out of 4 stars

If you've read the book, you'll be very disappointed in the storyline of the movie.

The directors and writers put way too much emphasis on teenage love triangles.

There were a few comical moments in the movie. No meat, lots of fluff.

However, on a positive note, the actors did a fabulous job in their roles. Tom Felton finally brought some depth to his character Draco. I recommend this movie if you're a fan of the Harry Potter movies; otherwise, wait to rent it. As a side note, when the movie ended, there was no applause, only silence, dead silence.

- Kimberly Watson, Dacula

1 out of 4 stars

I found this movie extremely painful to sit through. It was 2.5 hours long and felt it.

The plot was so drawn out by the time any conflicts were resolved you didn't care. The characters were numbingly developed and so much was thrown at you that one was bored with all the details. The other movies were much better than this installment.

In fairness though, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you would enjoy it more, as I was told by the resident fans I brought with me.

Since I am but a muggle, I don't believe one has to read the book before you see the movie. I always felt that movies should stand by themselves.

The lack of action in this one made for the plodding and dullness. There were no thrills and no excitement. I found scenes should have been cut and the movie shortened to make it more exciting.

The director, though, felt otherwise and took us through one disjointed scene to another. Special effects lost their impact in numbing plodding of the plot. I would wait until the video if you must see it. Harry Potter fans loved it, but for the rest of us, no big deal.

- Chris Weinert, Lawrenceville

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

I think it's safe to say that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" proves that those Hogwarts kids still have the magic touch.

With the frustration of raging hormones and Death eaters running amok, the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's wizarding empire is by far the most mature.

The movie, like the book, is laden with history and character development, building threads for the final storyline. However, unlike its source, the movie falls just a wee bit short in spots - leaving viewers either confused (by random snippets you won't get unless you've read the books) or a little unsatisfied due to lack of any closure.

Regardless, "The Half Blood Prince" is completely enthralling, visually stunning and I look forward to the final two films with great anticipation.

- Lindsey Rice,