Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002

Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him...

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i love harry potter so much it's my favorite it's so realistic
gonna watch this now and continue my harry potter marathon i think
These movies are fun to go back and watch, and now you can have a marathon and watch them grow up in a week. They're great fantasy, good camera work, fantastic sets, and a well placed cast. They all definitely have a life to them, and will live on for a long time. With the lack of anything modern in the film, these movies won't be outdated until the day the 2 dimensional viewing is history. Even then, I'm sure some slick producer will find a way to convert them into holograms, so that people can enjoy them for generations to come.

10/10 awesome awesome

Director Chris Columbus is back with his second effort in adapting the popular J.K Rowling literary fantasy saga. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets follows Harry's second year as a student in Hogwarts. We are introduced to Dobby, a house elf whose probably the most annoying CGI character since Jar Jar Binx touched screens in the Star Wars films. He warns Harry not to go back to Hogwarts because something dark and terrible is going to happen there. Harry ignores this warning and escapes his aunt and uncle's clutches via Ron's flying car. When arriving at Hogwarts, the two boys are reunited with Hermione and the trio is successfully back together. However, not all goes as peacefully as was hoped. Students from the Muggle families are turning up in a shocked and delirious state of mind, and mysterious writings on the walls speaking of the chambers of secrets plague much of the confines of Hogwarts. It's up to our three leads to uncover whose committing these murders, and what exactly entails in the chamber of secrets.

The plot is a little bit more fluid and complex than in the first installment, but it doesn't necessarily translate to better quality. Columbus tries to set up an arc that has mystery painted all over it, but rather fails miserably. There's not a lot of entertaining aspects to Chamber of Secrets, and I found myself uncaring and unemotional towards certain scenes when I should have been exhibiting the opposite. Part of the problem rests in the pacing and set up of the film. Basically, the second installment follows the same formula as the first installment. There are less surprises and interesting characters presented than in the first one. Jason Isaccs as Draco's father is not given the proper script or time on screen to show off much of the menacing skills he was so wonderfully enabled to when playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Shirley Henderson portrays Moaning Myrtle, a ghostly school girl who lurks around the girls bathroom in Hogwarts. She's not really an interesting character, but not entirely unlikeable neither.

Performances from Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint are, for the most part on par with their solid efforts in The Sorcerer's Stone. Watson particularly shines again as Hermione, easily the the most compelling character of the bunch. Her lack of screen time in the film's third half almost sent this film down the gutter. Radcliffe is just fine as Harry, but to give Ron Weasley more screen time in the film's crucial moments really hurt its potential run at success. He's clumsy, annoying, and just plain ridiculous. Perhaps the only thing that changes in terms of the trio is their age. Each one has clearly matured more physically, and I was hoping the same would go for the film's plot. Unluckily, Columbus decided to change very little, if any of the first installments set up traits, and regretfully applied them to The Chamber of Secrets.

The action is a tad improved from the previous film, although he Quidditch match was less interesting this time around. The giant spiders and the flying car rides are satisfying, but they replace development and growth in regards to our trio of friends. After seeing both movies, the trio is the most prosperous and intriguing element to the films. The Chamber of Secrets lacks the emotional investment that I was really looking to adore. The first film provided the birth of the trio, but Columbus's second try feels almost like a complete cycle. Nothing new or exciting develops internally for our three amigos. The scenes that involve Harry, Hermione, and Ron feel very self-contained, thinly connecting to the major arching plot.

The adults are appropriately second tier to the children, with Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, and Maggie Grace providing solid supporting work. I think Columbus's biggest problem after viewing his two adaption attempts is that he can't seem to find a good balance between entertaining a kid, and entertaining an adult. Sure, the Harry Potter franchise is aimed at the children demographic, but there has to be something underneath the surface to please the more intelligent viewers. For me, fun doesn't come from amazing action and visuals, but from well developed characters who then embark on adventures and journeys.

Ultimately, if you enjoyed Harry Potter and the Scorcerer's Stone, then you'll more than likely be pleased with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. As for other viewers, Draco is still annoying, the episodic feel is still present, the atmosphere is still a tad cheesy, no sense of danger or suspense is instilled in the audience, and no new development is displayed. The formula is apparent, and hopefully this is erased from the third installment.
Better than the first, but not as good as the 5th.
This one got a little too much more cheesy for me. I mean the cast was still great and they all held up to their parts. But it didn't have that extra power the first one had. The weak point of this film had to be the story, but the cast did make up for it.
A great continuation of the series, and the darkness is turned down even more. A very entertaining movie, even if it is over 2 1/2 hours long.
Perfection. Even better than the first one; everything's improved. This is what kids should watch. The sophistication of the story, where nothing is gratuitous, reveals the years of work behind it. I couldn't stop feeling enchanted; that pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
just kinda boring