Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
release year: 2002
viewing setting: home DVD, 7/17/09 and 1/8/04
synopsis: Harry Potter, his friends, and his enemies are back for new adventures involving a hidden part of the school that holds a terrible monster.
impressions: Just as good as the first one, and again a close adaptation of the book. In 2004, I wrote this: "It will be a small miracle if all seven of these books (the 6th and 7th aren't even written yet!) get made into good films like this one." Well, five years later, I'm here to tell you that the six they made so far have held up and have fulfilled their potential quite well. I suggest watching this right after the first, as I did - it meshes together well (though it takes 5 hours!) Hell, watch them all one after the other, if you can. As before, I don't favor the idea that the bad seeds in this wizard-school are allowed to remain...you'd think the teachers would know better.
things to watch for: near the end when Harry finally encounters the monster
something this movie has that no other movie has: a phoenix
acting: As before, too many good performances to list here. Notable new addition: Kenneth Branaugh as an egomaniacal new teacher. Also of casting note: Richard Harris passed away after this one and did not appear in the third movie onward.
final word: Worth watching and owning.
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