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Review: 'Half-Blood Prince' is good fun

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
George Pennacchio says the new "Harry Potter" film lives up to the hype.In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the young wizard puts on his detective hat, too. And his nosiness is not always welcomed by his superiors.

Professor Dumbledore needs Harry's help here to save the wizard world which has become a much more dangerous place.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint return to their familiar roles and, once again, they're all good.

Look for Grint, who's clearly grown as an actor, to get extra laughs this time around.

This "Harry Potter" is rated PG instead of PG-13 like the last two. It's much more kid-friendly, but there is a little scare in it for dramatic effect.

While the film focuses on the young characters the adults are all great, and there's a healthy dose of sarcastic wit that I especially enjoyed.

The new face this time out is Jim Broadbent, who's terrific as a former teacher who returns to Hogwarts.

And we're finally getting more of a glimpse of Potter's arch enemy, Draco Malfoy.

I really enjoyed this "Harry Potter" just as I have all of them. Readers of the books, no doubt, know more watching these movies than those of us who haven't read them. But watching this film, I never felt left out of the mix. And that's a great feeling.

If you're planning on seeing this, get your bathroom break in before the film. It's about two-and-a-half hours long and that doesn't include coming attractions. But it moves and I never got bored. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is a fun adventure. And even if it wasn't fans would see it anyway.

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