Harry Potter: The Chosen One

July 18, 2009- it’s the 56th birthday of my mom (if only she’s alive) and I decided to celebrate it by watching two of the anticipating films of 2009. First on the list was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. David Yates directed the film and all in all, I enjoyed it from beginning till end. The editing was not too tight and too quick (Hooray to Mark Day!) compared to Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.

I’m glad Steve Kloves did the screenplay again and rocks this film with great delight. Yes, there were numerous changes and deletions made but I don’t think it ruins the overall substance and quality of the film.

As expected, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry got all the airtime he needs and yes, the 19-year-old kid gave his portrayal a firm grip. While watching it, I didn’t saw the Daniel Radcliffe as the actor but the real Harry Potter himself. If you’re interested, you can read his Time Magzine Inteview HERE. All praises too for Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (as Hermione and Ron, respectively) for adding a natural bitter-sweet romance on the film. I enjoyed these three, their friendship was an inspiration and it was amazing the last scene was given to them.

Transformers 2: The Rise of the Fallen

I salute the creative minds behind the marketing campaign of this film. Without them, Tranformers 2: The rise of the Fallen might have a hard time making on the box-office. Michael Bay did “okay” as the director but the one thing that’s missing in the film was substance. It was not the best and it was not also the worst. All the scenes with noises and explosions were great. Thanks to Bumblebee for being a cool not-so-serious transformer. I enjoyed its last 30-minutes but the story in its entirety was not an ace.

Now, I understand why Transformers 2: The Revenge of the Fallen only “received an average 20% overall approval rating” in RottenTomatoes.