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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince July 27, 2009

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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I loved the first three films and the last two weren’t bad either but the latest installment is the only film which actually piqued my interest in the series. The previous films pretty much had stand alone plots and a little familiarity with the main characters and a few major incidents was all that you needed to follow. The Half Blood Prince is the only film in the franchise which explicitly sets the scene for an interesting finale.

Each film in the series has been getting darker and this one is no exception. The good thing is that this one is also a lot funnier than the previous two films. There is ample screen time given to characters other than Harry – who definitely make the proceedings a lot more enjoyable. As has been the tradition for every flick, the new major cast member to join this time is Jim Broadbent as Professor Horace Slughorn who plays a significant role in this enterprise as the one who taught Tom Riddle the recipe to make himself immortal – a secret which Harry has to uncover.

The first 10 minutes or so was in IMAX 3D which I thought was very impressive mainly because this was the first time I saw a live action feature in this format. It is far more effective here than for an animation or even a motion capture feature. David Yates (Order of the Phoenix) successfully delivers another deserving winner in the franchise – which undoubtedly will be considered among the best in the series. It’s great that he will also be helming the final two films based on the last book. Along with Star Trek, for me the Half Blood Prince was the most satisfying summer blockbuster till now. Do catch the IMAX version (3D or otherwise) if possible.

Fast & Furious April 20, 2009

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If you liked the previous flicks in the series – atleast the first one – then you should like this too. If you never liked any of them then there is no reason why you’d want to watch this. I’m a sucker for any above average car chase flick so I had no trouble appreciating this one too.

I’ve only seen the first installment in the series before and compared to that this one seemed a little better. Especially the chase sequences sequences feature a little less obvious CGI which help a long way in making the action appear a lot more thrilling. The crappy gangsta rap music which keeps playing in the background also seemed a bit restrained. It’s good to see Vin Diesel and Paul Walker together again.

For fans of this franchise there is more good news as a sequel or two are in the offing – as is obviously evident from the final scene. If you are planning to watch this do make sure that you don’t miss the much talked about gasoline truck heist opening sequence.