Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

After the surprising highs of the first “Deathly Hallows” film, come the surprising lows of the second. The film is an utter mess, somehow perfectly preserving the flaws of the final novel, while letting all its strengths slip through its fingers. The point of the films proper climax is completely and utterly thrown away, not…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Well, it’s markedly better than the last entry, but still a far cry from the highs of the third and fourth film. Visually, it’s not quite as dull and flat as the preceding film, presumably thanks to cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.It has some of that glossy feel and lighting that one of his other films, the…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Definitely my second favourite film of the series, after the fantastic third instalment. This film takes the approach of the previous film, to adapt the novel a lot more loosely and mainly just communicate the general atmosphere, character relationships, and other assorted strengths, a lot further than the last film did – huge swathes of…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Easily, easily the best film of this series. This isn’t just a great “Harry Potter” film, it’s a legitimately great fantasy film in its own right. Director Alfonso Cuarón is of a much higher standard than the other directors that helmed the series, and it really, really shows. A lot more is changed between the…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

What worked so well for director Chris Columbus in the first film of this series, often fails him here. Slavish devotion to the book might have pleased author J. K. Rowling, and her legions of fans, but it made for an oddly muted, flat film that committed heavily to the text of the book, but…