REVIEW REVISITED: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

This is a reprint of my review first published on this blog in June 2014, with a number of minor revisions. You can read my original review here.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (USA, 2002)
Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh

Hollywood has long been criticised for its conservative, money-driven mindset. By prioritising the commercial success of a given venture over its artistic or critical merit, it has produced an inordinate number of bad or mediocre films over its long history, which exist purely because the numbers add up on a balance sheet. It's a fallacy that if loads of people see a film then it must be good, but Hollywood has played upon this fallacy for decades.
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