I haven't read the book, but I went into the film knowing what was going to happen. So, there were no surprises for me for the most part. But, I have to say that I was never bored and I had a great time watching this. As I am with all the films, I get what I expect and am always happy when i leave. The amazing special effects, the engrossing story line, and the acting skills of the characters make the series definitely worth watching.
The whole series, in order from best to worst.
1. Prisoner of Azkaban (3)
2. Order of the Phoenix (5)
3. Half Blood Prince (6)
4. Sorcerer's Stone (1)
5. Chamber of Secrets (2)
6. Goblet of Fire (4)
The special effects are amazing in all aspects. The whole film has a gothic and dark look to it, and it just fits the plot perfectly. The transformations the characters go through are dark. They move from being carefree kids at a magic school, to teenagers struggling with things like death, pain, and a possible apocalypse of their world. So, as that progresses the colors get deeper and the castle itself becomes more looming. These very mystical and unbelievable things are happening, but you feel like you are right there with them and they seem so real.
The story revolves around a boy named Harry Potter who must fight against the dark order of wizards/witches run by the powerful Voldemort. In The Half Blood Prince there have been a group of deatheaters (the fighters for the dark side) who are set to put in motion a plan to start the takeover of both the magic and muggle worlds. They have set their sights on Dumbledore: Harry's friend, headmaster, and the most powerful of the wizards. Out of all the films of the series, this has one of the weakest plots, but it still has a stronger message and story line than most other movies of our generation. It revolves round a world we don't understand, but we are told enough to keep us interested and entertained.
The acting is great, as it always is. All lines are delivered perfectly, and we are made to feel what they are feeling. We are even able to put ourselves in their shoes for a few hours if we let ourselves become engrossed in it enough. Most of The Half Blood Prince is a combination of very dark events and very light humor. For example, we take Daniel Radcliffe who shows a character losing the people he is close to one by one, then is able to give us a moment of comic relief. And none of this feels forced. All of the actors/actresses did their jobs. :)
There were a few problems with the film though. I felt like they never played up Malfoy's inner struggles enough. He is given a very hard and life changing task, and is obviously having a hard time dealing with it. But, they never really show it to you. I wanted to hear what was running through his head, not just see the dead look in his eyes. Also, they had many many moments of comic relief, most of which i found funny. But, they laid it on a little thick a few times. Too thick. "I can tell the girl crushing on Rupert Grint is a bit on the nutty side, you dont have to show her staring at him with Alan Moore eyes for 10 minutes", type of thing.
But, despite those issues, I still found the movie fun and am dying to see it again.
8.5 out of 10
See it! You'll love it :)