Potter : Chamber of Secrets
Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman,
Kenneth Branagh, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Tom Felton,
Jason Issacs and Robbie Coltran.
by: Chris Columbus
again Harry Potter is a joy for the whole family
snobbiest of our members. The cast is riddled with thespian kings
and queens and the special effects enchant all - no matter what
Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) heads back to Hogwart, against a severe
warning from his little friend Dobby (voiced by Toby Jones). The
gang's all there and a few new creepy critters. Seems the dreaded
Chamber of Secrets has been opened and all heck is breaking loose.
What's the chamber of Secrets those not in the magical world of
Harry's loop ask? It's a secret chamber of course that's
filled with dark secrets, evil beings and dastardly deeds or some
its walls there lays an evil beast. This beast has been set free
by one who would see and end to mud blood's being allowed into
Hogwart. Mud blood's are the children of muggles (common folk)
and wizards. It's just the ugly head of racism rearing its head
the children and staff are terrorized be bloody messages and are
petrified - literally - Harry as well as several of the
wizard's in training are suspect. Dreadful things are a foot.
goodness we have hero Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh-ahaha)
defend us, er, them. Gilderoy is a scholar of the defense against
the dark powers. He's written several guide books to teach you
how to do just that. Or so this narcissistic celebrity wizard
of the enchanted world would have you believe
the cauldron simmers and comes to a full boil the heathens and
culprits don't stand a chance against Harry, his trusted pal Ron
Weasley (Rupert Grint) and super gal pal Hermione Granger (Emma
great that second generation toad, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) son
of uber slitherer Luscius Malfoy (adorable hunk-o-man Jason Issacs)
is enrolled as well. Say, Draco's awfully nasty towards those
not born of two wizard parents. Could he be behind the terrible
a cast. I was in a little thespian tizzy throughout the delightful
tale, grinning with glee. Especially when they through in a little
Shakespeare plug that had five of us in the audience roaring the
rest mute and confused. The school is run by chickbabe extraordinaire
Ms. Maggie Smith and dearly departed ruffian Richard Harris (this
was not his last role - My Kingdom due shortly was) as
Prof. Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore. Multi-talent Robbie
Coltrane returns as Hagrid the Groundskeeper. And they all shine
of course but it's Kenneth Branagh as the self absorbed Gilderoy
the braggart that steals the scenes from his noble cast. Even
as he and Alan Rickman (as Professor Severus Snape) do a fencing
battle of magic wands, it's Kenneth that firmly commands the eye.
eye and the being. Could this guy be sexier? Um, no! Even
all pompadoured up I'd still like to dip him in honey tinted treacle
and slowly nibble it off. Slurp. Then you get Jason
Isaacs and Alan Rickman thrown into the manstew of handsome
actors actor's. My head was spinning with visual or audio delights.
I think I need a Rasputin fix....excuse me.
HP:COS's story is engaging, the cast superb, and the effects will
dazzle. Jump on your Quidditch brooms and get to the nearest theater!
recommendation: Skele-Gro and slugs.