HARRY POTTER and The Chamber Of Secrets

With Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Brannagh, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith
Directed by Chris Columbus

With the overwhelming success of the first filmed version of the
J.K. Rowling characters, what's the chance that they'd leave it at that? Slim to none. This time round Harry is relieved to return to Hogwarts from his terrible uncle & aunt, only to be welcomed by a nasty dark cloud hanging in the halls of his witchcraft & wizardry school. The rumour of a Chamber Of Secrets built to be opened and be the end of Hogwarts has become a reality. People are starting to turn up petrified like salt pillars and Harry seems like the most likely suspect causing the havoc. With his buddies Ron and Hermoine they set out to get to the bottom of the dangerous mystery. This will be a bit more scary for younger Potter fans as some monster and spider related creepy moments could even freak out some older viewers. Obviously there are plenty adventurous moments, juvenile laughs, scares and over the top digital FX to satisfy fans and newcomers alike. Most of the previous cast returns (even John Cleese as the ghost roaming the halls with a detachable head). Kenneth Brannagh does a humourous turn as a celebrity wizard who teaches at the school. Sadly veteran actor Richard Harris died before the film's release. Interesting how (just like last year) Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings get released back to back - here a few similarities are quite uncanny - a Golom like elf called Dobby (digital of course) and a living tree (beating the crap out of the flying Anglia when Ron and Harry crash into it). But now, the question remains, how many more Potter films will actor Radcliffe be able to do before his voice breaks completely and stubble starts sprouting between his zits. It will probably become like the James Bond franchise, new actors drifting through and the series outrunning the actual books it is based on. This is not unlikely as this series is bound to outdo the 007 earnings…and unfortunately that has become the bottom line. As long as it remains entertaining we can forgive their capitalist greed...

4 / B
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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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