I caught up with the movie of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by David Yates.
This is the return of Steve Kloves as screenwriter, which I'm not sure is a good thing. I think Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was scripted by Michael Goldenberg, was the strongest movie from a screenwriting point of view.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was, for me, the strongest cinematically, but I think that was largely because of director Alfonso Cuarón, whose direction has still not been equaled within the series. However, the Goldberg/Yates combination came very close to that level overall.
And this was a significant step down. Frankly, there is Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix, and the distance to the next movies, Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince, is pretty significant. Although I'd say Half-Blood Prince is definitely the better of the two.
Luckily, the original novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, is strong enough on exciting and powerful material, and the cast remains reliable enough, that the movie has both entertainment value and weight.
I actually watched all of the movies, starting with Prisoner of Azkaban in the last week, and I can't help the feeling that, as much entertainment there is in the movies and as good as the cast can be, I'm left unsatisfied. Perhaps it's time for me to go back and revisit the books.