The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

More than happy to tell you that you won’t be disappointed with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is based on one of Cassandra Clare’s young adult novels. Continue reading

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Constantine (2005)

Returning to hell to meet a loved one is nothing but a piece of cake. You will only need a tub of water and you should be able to focus very well. Oh, and you would need the experienced and eccentric exorcist John Constantine to help you out along the way. Father Merrin from The Exorcist would not approve. Continue reading

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

With some cliché-ridden scenes, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time stays an amusing start for a potentially new franchise I’d be very much looking forward to. Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Harry Potter review series continues. After having reviewed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stonelet’s focus on the second part in the series. If we were to compare the first and second HP movie, we would find major differences. That is only if we pay attention to the storyline and the characters. But let’s not go there. The question is not whether the second movie is an improvement to the first one. Purely reviewing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this sequel misses out on some strong aspects in filmmaking.

The best thing about sequels is that they can skip the introduction on characters and setting part. After all, the audience is fully aware what’s going on thanks to J.K. Rowling’s splendid novels. Consequently, the producers should take advantage of this. For instance, they could visually give more depth to the story. And they did, partly. Portraying the Chamber of Secrets showed a different reality to what we had been used to seeing in Hogwarts. I liked that.

Then there are the characters. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets introduces some fresh characters, yet again played by well-known actors. My favorite is Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. Something is missing in the movie though: these characters could have had a more significant role to play. For people who haven’t read the books, characters like Gilderoy Lockhart and Dobby the House Elf are completely new, thereby a character introduction to some extent is needed even though this is a sequel.

Although the main characters are Harry, Ron and Hermione, to the audience it may seem that Harry is the only protagonist. However in the books, it is all about friendship and love that help us through difficult times. These themes haven’t been expressed clearly enough in the movie, unfortunately.

For ten years ago, the movie looks stunning. The visual effects, especially those included in the duelling class, made the scenes more intense. The game of Quidditch looks more realistic than the first movie.

This is a typical movie. It is not bad. It’s just put together how it’s meant to be. Chris Columbus, the director, has not been able to digress from the story told in the novel and give his own twist to it. This is absolutely necessary in a motion picture. As the audience we want to see the characters we have read about come to life and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has done this to the point. There are no additions and surprises though: there is only mystery and suspense. The overarching themes of love, loyalty and friendship we saw in the first movie have been left out. That makes the movie entertaining in its own way, but typical in another.

Rating: C.

Top 10 Movies of 2012

First of all, I would like to wish you movie fanatics a merry Christmas and also a Happy New Year in advance! I have good news. This is the first time I have compiled a list of the ten best movies in 2012 for Elemental Reviews. To be honest, when it comes down to compiling a ‘best of’ list I am not very good at it. Every movie has its own strong points and its own weak parts, so listing them would not be fair as some of the movies have nothing in common. I have put these kind of thoughts behind me and I am glad to be able to present to you Elemental Reviews’ Top 10 Movies of 2012,  even though not all of them have been reviewed here. After all, listing remains extremely subjective – so my Christmas presents to y’all: one themed review each day until the second of January. Have fun and enjoy the holidays. Continue reading