Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The follow-up to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.
Release Date: November 15, 2002
Writer: Steven Kloves, J.K. Rowling
Director: Chris Columbus
Producer: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, David Barron, David Heyman
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, John Cleese, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Gemma Jones, Jason Isaacs, David Bradley, Shirley Henderson, Julian Glover, Richard Griffiths, Miriam Margolyes, Mark Williams, Tom Felton, Daniel Radcliffe, Toby Jones, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Christian Coulson(less)
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Parents need to know that this movie is scarier than the first in the series and characters spend a lot of time in extreme peril. There are frightening creatures, including lots of big spiders and an enormous snake that can kill anyone who looks in its eyes. Though it appears that some characters have been hurt or killed, all the good guys are ultimately fine. Children who are not familiar with the story, however, may be upset. There are also some gross moments when Ron's spell backfires and he spits up slugs, and when another misapplied spell leaves Harry without any bones in his forearm. Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices.August 17th, 2015 · Details
Harry Potter is warned about going back to school at Hogwarts by Dobby the House Elf, because there are bad things happening there. Things start with a House Elf visiting him at his muggle home and lead to confusing attacks on students and a creepy voice that only Harry can hear. Gather your family and friends to watch the 2nd movie in the Harry Potter series and find out what happens when the Chamber of Secrets is opened... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=192&movie=Harry+Potter+and+the+Chamber+of+Secrets" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>November 10th, 2013 · Details
This movie takes the styling of the first movie and builds on the story. Nothing too new with the musical score. As with the first film the story and how it plays out is well executed. However, I found Dobbie the elf mildly annoying and his CG character wanting a bit in realism. Thankfully that was redeemed in a future sequel. Some of the darker occurrences of the film are more menacing than the first but nothing a 6 or 7 yr old couldn't handle. If you are into the books you will most likely enjoy this film. For good family entertainment this film is pretty good.May 4th, 2013 · Details
A little to intense for anyone below age 5 or 6.May 18th, 2011 · Details
So far, the most serious problem with the "Harry Potter" movies is that they appear to lack the magic that would convert the majority of non-fans into ultra-faithful Potterphiles.
True, both the first film and the new sequel, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," are competently made fantasy films. And they're definitely faithful enough to the source material — sometimes too faithful — which ensures that millions of existing Potterphiles will be pleased. But for the rest of us, both movies are just sort of so-so entertainment.
Then there's the bloated running time; the sequel clocks in even closer to the three-hour mark than the first film, which is just deadly for family-friendly entertainment. And the tone for "Chamber of Secrets" is much, much darker and scarier than its predecessor.
So parents of very young or impressionable moviegoers should perhaps think twice about letting them see it — or at the very least, parents should preview it first.
This adaptation of J.K. Rowling's best-seller picks up the story at the start of Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is having a hard time even getting back to Hogwarts — it seems his cruel uncle and aunt are trying to suppress his magical tendencies.
Worse, a mischievous house-elf named Dobby (the voice of British comedian Toby Jones) has been warning of dire things to come, and has also been impeding Harry's journey. And when Harry finally does arrives at Hogwarts — thanks to the Herculean efforts of his best pal, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) — he finds that Dobby's fears may justified.
Evidently, one of the students or faculty members has opened the Chamber of Secrets, which is home to a horrible monster. And should that person discover the chamber's secrets, it may have dire repercussions for all Muggles ("normal" folks).
So Harry has to figure out who that person is, with prime suspects being Harry's arch-nemesis Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and the new vainglori-
ous professor Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh).
One disappointment here is the film's special effects, which don't look as special as you might expect (in particular, the film's beasts). Ditto for the new CGI character of Dobby, who could end up becoming the Jar-Jar Binks of this movie series.
To the credit of director Chris Columbus, his pacing is better here than with the first film. After a slow start to re-acquaint audiences with the characters, he moves at breakneck speed in the second half.
And the maturing cast members are more confident in their performances, especially Radcliffe, who proves capable of carrying his own film. Not that the experienced supporting cast lets him do all the work. The late Richard Harris is solid as the school headmaster, while Branagh puts in a serious bid to steal the film as a boastful wizard who has his own "groupies."
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is rated PG for intense scenes of magical violence (spell-casting, beast attacks and even some slapstick), some vulgar humor relating to bodily functions, scattered use of mild profanity (some religiously based) and brief gore. Running time: 161 minutes.
November 15th, 2002 · Details