Harry Potter must have used some sort of “competition eliminating” spell because Half Blood Prince is the only wide release movie this weekend. In limited release this week is the indie darling 500 Days of Summer. Which one cast a spell on the critics? Let’s take a look.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon
Directed by: David Yates
Plot: Voldermort strikes at both the Muggle and Wizard worlds during Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 84%
Critic Consensus: “Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.”
500 Days of Summer
Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
Plot: Hopeless romantic Tom meets his dream girl Summer, and spends 500 days trying to win her over.
Directed by: Marc Webb
RT Freshness: 89%
Critic Consensus: “A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.”
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.