Returning for his fifth year of study at the venerable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the ever-maturing Harry Potter is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students -- dubbed "Dumbledore's Army" -- to defend themselves against the dark arts.
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The longest Harry Potter movie is transformed into the shortest Harry Potter movie yet. To me that sums up pretty much my overall feelings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As a fan of the books I am revolted by the many, many things left out in this movie but of course it was to be expected. Movie wise it is the best movie by far growing even darker as the series goes on. Harry is faced with new troubles as several people, even some fellow Gryffindors, don't believe his story that the dark lord Voldemort has returned.
This movie is filled with dazzling effects and our three main actors do their best with the roles they are given, however you will notice that Ron and Hermione, played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are given smaller screen time as the movies progress despite being a major part of the story. The story progresses rather quickly and seems a little rushed at times but overall as a movie the timing does work quite well.
The movie's dramatic scene in which a major character dies is extremely down sized by the telling of in the book and I believe that it happened too fast too garner much emotion at the time of its happening. This movie however did do two things that were close to perfection, and those were Imelda Staunton and Evanna Lynch. Staunton plays the role of Dolores Umbridge, a mean nasty old trout, with such great poise that you just can't help but hate the very core of the character, and Lynch plays the eccentric oddball Luna Lovegood so well to the point where I felt like I was imagining her like I had while I was reading the book.
Harry Potter is getting better movie wise as they go along and this one indeed tops them all both in film quality and in worst book adaptation. However, I still recommend this movie to all the Harry Potter fans out there giving it a 3.5 out of 5 and an Enjoyable Experience for me.
This movie was great. There was no seats empty, it is a standing ovation. This Harry Potter movie left me wanting to see more. I loved it. I want to see more Harry Poter movies. I can't seem to get enough. Please tell the writers to keep them coming. Harry Potter please do not quit. I enjoyed it beyond words.
I'll begin by saying that just like the millions of others nerds, losers and geeks alike, my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows has been preordered for weeks and it will be at my doorstep this Saturday via amazon.com! Now for the review: Unlike many Potter fans, my favorite book thus far is the Order of the Phoenix. It is because the book is a very nice prelude of things to come. The Order of the Phoenix is the lengthiest of the Potter books and there are a ton of things going on, along with loads of answers to which Potter fans may have had in the previous four efforts.
Now the big question: Knowing how involved the Order of the Phoenix is in the book, were the screenwriters able to stress the gist of the story well enough without having to alter, or leave out too much? Although I was disappointed that some very key things were left out of the movie, the overall story was told very effectively considering that the movie was a hair under two and one half hours. If you are a fan of the book, you won't be "too" disappointed in the movie.
Area of concern: The producers of the Potter franchise needs to go "Lord of the Rings" and The "Matrix 2 and 3", and hurry to complete the final two movies because the kids are growing up at an alarming rate. Harry is the size of a fricking lumberjack, Ron's knuckles are practically scraping the ground, The Weasley twins look as though they should have grandchildren, and Hermione is well ...kinda hot. They need to put the pedal to the metal and knock the last two movies out before Harry starts looking like Voldemort's big brother!
Special effects: They definitely could have been better. two hundred million dollars was spent on this film, and I wish that the majority of the budget would have gone into special effects. The effects were ok, but they have not improved much. In fact, the Goblet of Fire has better special effects than Order of the Phoenix. A certain giant looks pretty cartoonish, the flying sequences appear to be no different than the first Potter movie, and more could have been done with Dumbledore since the audience finally gets to see him kicking some dark wizard ass! Oh yeah speaking of that: In the book, Fudge, Percy, Umbridge, and two Aurors got their proverbial bells rung by Dumbledore. It's not in the movie though. Big crowd-pleasing moment wasted.
Character development: We all know who the characters are in Harry Potter; the only question is how good of an acting job did they do, and how good was the script. The actors get an "A" and so does the script. These brats still care about their characters! One can tell by the passion that they exude on the big screen, and I could not have been happier about it. To all of you Gary Oldman fans out there, frickin Sirius Black nailed it. He was sooo cool. I was in the theater thinking, how one dude can be so damn cool. Man oh man, tragic about the fate of Black.
I would have liked to see more of Severus Snape and Luna Lovegood. These characters are very interesting and Snape steals every single scene that he is in as he has done since the first Potter movie. Final analysis: Go see this movie. Those of you who have not read the book will think it is an excellent movie, those of you who have will be pleased as well, though, not as much.
Unlike any other films based on previously published material before them, the Harry Potter series really does have two completely different audiences. There are the die hard fans who have read and reread the novels, and there are the movie fans who enjoy the magical tales on film only, which are still great but just... different.
I admit to being a Harry Potter junkie, and therefore my review is completely biased by how I compare the film to the books, albeit fairly and realistically.
And wow, they did a great job this time out. The bigger books MUST go through a rigorous "trimming", and that is understandable. But in Goblet of Fire, the film felt choppy and full of holes, not so with Order of the Phoenix. Maybe it's the story, maybe the screenwriter, maybe the director... whatever it was, it worked well. This was my second favorite film in the franchise, barely falling right behind Prisoner of Azkaban.
The story focuses a lot more on Harry and tells it from his point of view more so than the last film, which Really helped the overall feel of the film. It is MUCH more personable, you can connect with all the characters more readily.
The casting of important newcomers playing Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbridge were SPOT ON!! The rest of the cast was brilliant as always, but I always feel like I wanted more Snape and McGonnigal...
The action takes a while to come to, but when you get there, they do it up right. The big battle at the end has the very best magical duel ever put on the big screen!!!
Like I said, I cannot help but compare the films to the book, and they always fall short, but I can be fair in my expectations... and this movie was great. I took a friend who doesn't read the books and he loved it as well, saying it was his favorite of all the films.
Either way, this is a great Potter flick, so if you like the series in any format... go see it! Now!
Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix
Well, I got in to a pre-screening on Monday night and sat with all the media and lucky fans that won tickets. But I was having to deal with "security" to hold on to my cell phone for the movie, and then having to deal with "security" to return my cell phone after the movie - for fear that I would actually somehow copy the movie on to my cell phone? Anyway, that was completely annoying and took 20 minutes before the movie and 30 minutes after the movie. I want my 50 minutes back ! It ruined the evening.
The movie was OK, but not great. I am not going to reveal plot lines, or spoliers, not that you couldn't work out the Harry Potter formula by now; Harry has a crappy summer with his weird people that he stays with, then gets into a tussel with a muggle, goes back to school, gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, then saves the world from Voltdemort.
It was that simple. Effects were good. Story lends itself for the next movie - which made it a predictable ending which I will not reveal either.....
It was also hard to believe that Harry was under 17 in the story. But despite that, I think that Harry Potter fans will love to be back into the world of Wizards and the Hogwarts school. I was happy to be there.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It could have been better. Previous Harry Potter movies I give 5 out of 5 stars.