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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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Re: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-05-29 14:51:28

I thought I'd go ahead and tell anyone who feels the need to criticize me, or my review, that I already realize (a) I'm an idiot for disliking this movie (b) I'm so stoopid for ever thinking such things about J.K. Rowling and (c) I'm an idiot (just for clarification). And FYI "idiot" falls under the category of "jerk," "a$$hole," "dick," "b@stard," and other such comments.

No need to repeat what I already know. Don't feel that it is your requirement to inform me that I am an idiot for disliking the "epic" of our times. (Eh.)

Re: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-05-30 01:38:40

Well, where to begin...

I love your line about making the books into films and how it causes children to start reading again. Very clever. I also agree with you about the film. It takes nearly an hour to get to the main crux of the plot and when it does, the plot isn't even very interesting, not to mention very un-unique if one thinks about it. The plot simply lacks a definable focus; a major problem for any film; moreso for a movie that runs 2 hrs. and 40 long, and I mean long, minutes. In this respect the film reminds me of The Matrix trilogy, which I also am not a fan of; absolutely detesting the second and third entries.

The acting really isn't very good with the adult actors slumming; understandably so considering the material which likely befuddles them with its awfulness.

The third film stands a chance of being better because it is shorter and a new director in Alfonso Cuaron is behind it. About time Warner got Columbus out of the franchise.

Re: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-05-30 06:56:58

I heard Alan Rickman's performance is really terrible in the third movie. One of the earliest newsgroup reviews, by an author who liked the first two films, gave it 1.5/4, which isn't a very good sign.

On the up side, it's closer to two hours - much closer than this one - which is a relief.

Oh, and I agree with you on The Matrix, too. After many viewings I can't bring myself to give the first film more than 4/5. I don't consider it a classic and it's not very brilliant at all.

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