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Variety Review of Half-Blood Prince: Indispensable Rickman Delivers

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Posted by: sue
July 05, 2009, 04:33 PM

Variety has now posted their review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it contains much praise for the sixth installment in the Harry Potter film series. Noting that director David Yates "displays noticeably increased confidence here, injecting more real-world grit into what began eight years ago as purest child's fantas," and has made a film that is "film is clear-headed and clean-lined."

The long review notes the physical changes of the cast, but does hand praise to the efforts of the adult cast members in particular making mention of the actor who plays Professor Slughorn, saying "Jim Broadbent, who makes a terrific disguised entrance and is then simply grand as the eccentric old prof." Of note however are remarks about the performance of a critical character in the film.

"It's this chapter in the Potter saga that obliges the always nasty but ambiguously motivated Severus Snape to show his true colors, and the indispensable Rickman delivers, as always, with line readings that are delicacies of the infinitely mordant kind. He is periodically egged on by the insidious Bellatrix Lestrange, a role Helena Bonham Carter plays with such mesmerizing abandon that one hopes the role fully pays off in the final chapter.

Among the always outstanding production values and top-drawer visual effects, special note should be made of series newcomer Bruno Delbonnel's exceptionally atmospheric cinematography and Nicholas Hooper's emotionally churning score, which contains only the slightest trace of John Williams' original themes.

Thanks Taylor!

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28416 Points

I thought the reviewer’s comments about the young actors was very unprofessional, Daniel’s height is just life, how does that have any bearing on his ability? Calling Ginny a plain Jane was especially uncalled for, Bonny is a lovely looking young lady. Ginny is described as very attractive, but I’ve always thought that her character, the brave, honest, feisty and funny girl is what Harry is most attracted to. The reviewer makes it sound as if looks are the most important thing, these sort of comments always make me cross.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on July 06, 2009, 09:09 AM report to moderator
1126 Points

Eek. Eek. Shriek!!!

Posted by shellymione {WBM} on July 06, 2009, 09:16 AM report to moderator
39234 Points

OMG i cant wait =D 15th july is going to be the most amazing day =D

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on July 06, 2009, 09:24 AM report to moderator
304 Points

Besides Rickman, I’m so glad to hear that the score is so awesome! Nicholas Hooper is awesome! He’ll probably get so many more film gigs after he’s finished with Potter. As I understand it, he’d been doing a lot of television scoring prior to.

Posted by Alison on July 06, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
1839 Points

Just love it when actors I really appreciate get the credit they deserve! Nice review.

Posted by Lillylove on July 06, 2009, 12:29 PM report to moderator
2482 Points

Very positive review!! That’s wonderful. “line readings that are delicacies of the infinitely mordant kind.” wowwww

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on July 06, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
2482 Points

Very positive review!! That’s wonderful. “line readings that are delicacies of the infinitely mordant kind.” wowwww

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on July 06, 2009, 01:17 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

Okay … getting real excited for this movie now. It is so cool to read a review where they give such praise to the indispensable Rickman … he truly is an awesome actor and portrays Snape perfectly (in my opinion). It will be interesting to finally see the scenes I’ve imagined for so long but, there are some scenes I’m just dreading because, I know it’s going to be so tough to watch :(

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 06, 2009, 01:48 PM report to moderator
13519 Points

Good to see Alan Rickman getting some highly deserved praise

Posted by jenge {Meredith Mooncloud} ~ [ITC!] on July 06, 2009, 01:58 PM report to moderator
1965 Points

Woooo go Alan! He is awesome and just IS Snape. Love Helena Bonham Carter too. Wicked reviews! :)

Posted by NymphadoraMae on July 06, 2009, 02:55 PM report to moderator
2616 Points

Alan Rickman has been excellent from the beginning, and Helena Bonham Carter is absolutely perfect as Bellatrix!

Posted by danaskeeter *ROAR!* on July 06, 2009, 03:23 PM report to moderator
8317 Points

Yeah,I can’t think of anyone else as Snape.

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on July 06, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

Love the positive reviews!
Snape is gonna be soooo severrmazing!

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on July 06, 2009, 04:51 PM report to moderator
360 Points

ilovee alann rickmann (LLLLL….iss perfect snape….icannot wait
the scense of spinner’s end :)

Posted by potterrock on July 06, 2009, 05:51 PM report to moderator
12005 Points

Harry was supposed to be short for his age, a function of the treatment by the Durseleys.

Posted by budgie on July 06, 2009, 07:27 PM report to moderator
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