As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. (IMDb)
A pleasing palette of murky greens and browns brings a fittingly mature visual tone to a film with more delicious dashes of darkness than its predecessors. Unfortunately, the plot never allows them to develop sufficiently (Voldemort’s backstory is severely limited, the Half-Blood Prince reveal is only one line) thanks in part to a burst of (admittedly entertaining) burgeoning hormone side-stories. The climax is devastating though; it’s too bad little else was allowed to live up to its potential.