Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
(Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson / PG / 115 mins / Warner Bros.)
Overview:The second film in the Potter series begins with Harry being locked up in his room by his uncle Vernon, who is dead-set against his return to Hogwarts. Dobby the house elf appears in Harry's room, telling him that terrible danger awaits him at Hogwarts. Despite the warning, Harry escapes his uncle's house when Ron picks him up in the Weasley's flying car, and the duo heads for the school of wizardry. Once there, Harry begins to hear a mysterious voice, and it turns out that the sinister Chamber of Secrets has been reopened, and the creature set free has begun to attack students. One look from the beast can kill, but so far, a few unlucky students have merely been petrified. Who opened the Chamber? Unless the culprit can be found, the wizardry school is doomed. After Hagrid is accused and Dumbledore is dismissed by the school board, Harry, Ron, and Hermione hatch a plot to find out what's behind it all.
Verdict:'Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets' is quite clearly a new breed of cinematography: the film's darker tone is more satisfying than that of the first, a somewhat forced happy ending notwithstanding, of course. And sure it may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own apart of the literary franchise. Basically, 'The Chamber of Secrets' is more plot and less discovery than the first movie which adds up to not a whole lot more than a collection of amusing special-effects set pieces and contrived acting abilities to the hilt ! But, therein, the three main actors are quite greta in the specialized roles, even though it is quite clear that 'Harry' himself (Radcliffe) has broken through his own personal stage of life ! In the end, the sense of a dramatic crescendo is lost, so that come the end, instead of feeling stirred to a high pitch of anxiety and excitement, you may feel battered and worn down.