Cinema Consults: HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

Physician's Money Digest, July15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 13

This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:

HARRY POTTER AND THE

CHAMBER OF SECRETS

Harry

Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Order of

the Phoenix

Chamber of Secrets

(2002): Now thatsummer is in fullswing, physician parentsmay havetheir hands fullwith entertainingthe kids. May Isuggest some terrificfamily entertainment—?Often, sequels are a disappointment—that is just a fact of life. Inthe case of this film series, however,the scripts are well craftedwith a great respect for theirsource—the page-turning phenomenon,J. K. Rowling's highlyacclaimed novels. My suggestionis to read the book that inspiredthe movie with your children(perhaps you're already throughthe latest installment, ). The Harry Potterseries is a wonderful opportunityto encourage reading. The cast ofis stellar, includingseveral titans of theindustry—Maggie Smith, AlanRickman, and Richard Harris.And the "child stars" hold theirown with these legends. This filmhas a faster pace than its predecessor,which may be a plus foryounger audiences. I, however,preferred the slower, more detailedpace of the first film.Overall, this movie was a treat,and I can only hope that thefuture installments will meet thesame standard.

Rating: 3 1/2

Lisa A. Tomaszewski, managing editor

of Physician's Money Digest, is currently

working on her PhD in literature at

Drew University in New Jersey. She

is an avid fan of film and has taught

a summer film course at Fairleigh

Dickinson University. She welcomes

questions, comments, or suggestions

for future film reviews at 732-656-1140

ext 195 or ltomaszewski@mwc.com.