7/13/2007

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I read and finished Book 5 of the Harry Potter with much discontent, and, apparently, the movie isn't much different. But I'm not saying Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP5) movie is a bad one-- I just feel the movie dips from where the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire left off.

The film is nod to Harry's growth along with the teenage angst and rebelliousness that comes along with it. Director David Yates realizes his vision of an adolescent Harry Potter with the darkest and moodiest movie in the series thus far. The attention centers on Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), with his teen wizard friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) getting dwindled treatment. The Order of the Phoenix itself lacks the screen time.

With the impending release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the movie seems like a refresher course and gives a sense of foreboding on the coming big battle between Harry and main villain Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). The acting compared to the first four films has improved (oh, the kids have grown) and the script is tight, but represents a fraction of the book.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix won't pull off any surprises or major deviations from the original materials but I'm pretty sure your appreciation of the book will mirror your appreciation for the movie.

Rating: 3/5


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