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Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry's own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it's a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione's magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K. Rowling's second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he's more than a wizard, he's a hero!
Grammy, John Williams, Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
British Academy Awards, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Kids' Vote
British Academy Awards, David Heyman, et. al., BAFTA Children's Award - Best Feature Film,British Academy Awards, Jim Mitchell, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Stuart Craig, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, Randy Thom, et. al., Best Sound,MTV Award, "Dobby", Best Virtual Performance
The big challenge in filming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was to translate J.K. Rowling's magical literary world to the screen. With that mountainous task accomplished, director Chris Columbus gets on with the business of storytelling in the series' second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately, Chamber is the weakest of the four Potter books, making an improvement over Sorcerer's Stone nearly impossible. Screenwriter Steven Kloves and the Mrs. Doubtfire director remain faithful to the spirit of Rowling's work, but this ramped-up roller-coaster ride begins with a bang and fizzles out in its third act...But darkness is one of the things that keeps Columbus on track with the series. It's only going to get more frightening and dangerous for Harry Potter as the semesters go by, and kids are ready to follow the "boy who lived" through his unconventional coming of age. J.K. Rowling understands how to define compelling characters and how to craft a complex tale of good besting evil. It's her vision that makes this Chamber of Secrets worth opening.
The first movie was the setup, and this one is the payoff. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" leaves all of the explanations of wizardry behind and plunges quickly into an adventure that's darker and scarier than anything in the first Harry Potter movie. It's also richer...What's developing here, it's clear, is one of the most important franchises in movie history, a series of films that consolidate all of the advances in computer-aided animation, linked to the extraordinary creative work of J.K. Rowling, who has created a mythological world as grand as "Star Wars," but filled with more wit and humanity. Although the young wizard Harry Potter is nominally the hero, the film remembers the golden age of moviemaking, when vivid supporting characters crowded the canvas. The story is about personalities, personal histories and eccentricity, not about a superstar superman crushing the narrative with his egotistical weight...While I am usually in despair when a movie abandons its plot for a third act given over entirely to action, I have no problem with the way "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" ends, because it has been pointing toward this ending, hinting about it, preparing us for it, all the way through. What a glorious movie.
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Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer
...an enchanting spectacular for Potter fans anxious to ride the Hogwarts Express toward a new year of magic and mischief.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
Columbus beautifully realizes many of Rowling's fantastic conceits...
James Berardinelli's ReelViews
A fun, fantastic adventure...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
...it's better, as well as darker, than the first.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...a veritable Who's Who of British actors [elevate] the proceedings out of the kid's movie genre into something special.
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