A solid adaptation that was far better than I expected.
So for the past two weeks i've been catching up on all my Harry Potter. I had never read past book 3 so i've been franticly trying to catch up. I was literally rushing through the last chapter of "Half Blood Prince" right before I had to leave for the theater. I was cutting it pretty close on this one.
Anyway, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one because I absolutely despised "Order of the Phoenix". It was such an atrocious film that I wasn't even sure I ever wanted to watch a new Harry Potter again especially since the director of "Phoenix" (David Yates) was directing this one (and also the 2-part finale) which made me very nervous.
But they got Steve Kolves who wrote the screenplays for Potters 1-4 which made me very happy. (whoever wrote the screenplay for "Order of the Phoenix" should be shot!)
"Half Blood Prince" wound up being one of the best books in the series so I got pretty excited about the movie despite my reservations about how it might turn out, but the film was better than I expected. It was a solid adaptation that got the feel of the book 100% dead on right. The perfect balance of darkness and hilarity. Although I think the very ending of the movie suffered by not being closer to the book, but hey that's just me.
Yates has pretty much redeemed himself after how terrible the last movie was, and i am interested to see how he does with the next two movies.
Overall the movie is magical, exciting, and a hell of a lot of fun, which is exactly what you need out of a Harry Potter movie. Can't wait to see it again!