Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Film #58 of Film 365

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

Director: Chris Columbus
Year: 2002
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Toby Jones (voice), Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams, Robbie Coltrane

So, after a break from Harry Potter, I'm back to watching them again. This is only the second movie in the series, so things are still pretty cheery at this point

For the most part, this is a perfectly enjoyable Harry Potter movie. Dobby's a cute house elf, there's a flying Ford Anglia, and Ron still has plenty of comedy lines. And special mention has to go to Kenneth Branagh, who does an amazing job at making you hate him as Gilderoy Lockhart. He may well be my favourite character in this.

My one problem with this movie is its ending. It's just so cheesy - and goes on forever, competing with Lord of the Rings for "just stop already!"-ness. I find it really annoying, because it ruins what could otherwise have been a very fun movie. It made me really hope the following movies would closely resemble the books slightly darker themes...

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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