Well, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was always going to be a big summer blockbuster, though seeing as it’s winter in our part of the world, it’s hard to still call it that. Either way, I’m sure there were lots of people more than happy to either miss some sunny hot weather in the north to spend 2½ hours inside a cinema, or if you were like us in the south, spend that time in a warm room rather than out in the cold winter weather. Going by the record numbers the film picked up this weekend I’d say it also had a lot more to do with it just being the next instalment of a hugely successful book and film franchise.
The film broke the USA records for biggest midnight opening gross of all time with US$22.2 million, biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time with US$236 million, and the five day record for biggest five-day worldwide gross in history of US$394 million. Now those are huge numbers showing that the world has definitely not got tired of the boy wizard.
As far as the story goes there’s not much to say other than it’s the continuation of the story of the boy wizard Harry Potter in his 6th year of magic school. Although I haven’t read the books, you get the feeling the whole time that each film really is just one part of a bigger story, to the point that it would be very hard to just pick up one of the films by itself and figure out what on earth was going on if you hadn’t already seen the other films. So I find it hard to separate the films into individual parts as you really do need to have seen them all to get the full picture.
That is one of the flaws of course in these films. They keep you wanting more as they never give you a satisfactory ending. This can be a good thing, but when this is an 8 movie franchise it can be hard to take sometimes. My other dislike of the series is that it really does feel like they have taken the best bits from the book and put them up on screen. I’ve never read the books but sometimes random things happen that I’m sure the book fans will love but seem to leave me confused as to what it all means. However, those really are my only real gripes. On a different tack, I’m pleased to say that the lead actor, Daniel Radcliff, can now act! In the first few films I found it really hard to like his style, or lack of.
8 out of 10 from me!!!