Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, John Cleese, Daniel Radcliffe

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Produced by: Warner Bros., 1492 Pictures

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: fantasy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: December 1, 2002
Viewing Location: West 34th St., NYC Grade: B-
Summary: Not as fun the second time around.
Many of the plot lines in the first film (good kids vs bad kids, a flying broom contest, hiding from schoolteachers they think are evil, nast adopted parents, etc) are repeated with very slight twists in this second film. There's not a lot of new material here. Still, the movie by itself is decent, a good amount of fun to watch, if you don't have to put up with an audience of screaming children. But I was certainly expecting a lot more. 

Review by Jigen Date seen: November 24, 2002
Viewing Location: Bellingham - Bellis Fair Grade: B
Summary: Feh. It won't damage ya...
I gotta say, I've enjoyed the books I've read so far of the series, but the movies don't do it for me quite as much. It's a fun little romp around the ol' magical castle, but nothing really special. If you're an effects-monger you'll see some flaws. Why is a movie that is going to draw in kids by the truck load this freaking long? 

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Review by Finrod Date seen: October 19, 2003
Viewing Location: dvd Grade: B+
Summary: Balanced sequel
Again, as in the first one, you can tell they're trying to fit a lot of book material into a movie. Has a darker tone than the first-- Harry ends up with more self-doubt than you'd expect in a kids movie, and you see a lot more ties between him and Dumbledore in this one. Too bad they'll have a new Dumbledore in the 3rd one, Richard Harris did a great job in this one, and the later movies will definitely miss his presence. It does a good job of balancing adding new material and building on the stuff from the first one, plus you can tell that they had a bigger effects budget for this one. Still, it's still geared for children, though most adults will probably enjoy it as well.  

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