RELEASED 2007 RUNTIME 138 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DAVID YATES SCREENPLAY MICHAEL GOLDENBERG STARRING DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT, EMMA WATSON, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, ROBBIE COLTRANE, WARWICK DAVIS, RALPH FIENNES, MICHAEL GAMBON, BRENDAN GLEESON, RICHARD GRIFFITHS, JASON ISAACS, GARY OLDMAN, ALAN RICKMAN, FIONA SHAW, MAGGIE SMITH, IMELDA STAUNTON, DAVID THEWLIS, EMMA THOMPSON, JULIE WATERS MUSIC NICHOLAS HOOPER
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix plays during year five of Harry’s time at Hogwarts. After the events of the previous film Harry and Dumbledore try to warn the ministry of magic of Voldemort’s return. However, they are being scoffed at and as a reaction the ministry sees it fitting to enforce new rules and new staff into Hogwarts, in order to keep Dumbledore and his methods as a headmaster in check.
I love this one! I read some negative things that this might be the worst movie in the series. Funny thing is, people seem to complain that it deviates a lot from the book and that it’s too short. In fact, it is the shortest one in the franchise, while the book is the longest.
So?! If it works as a movie it works. Who cares if the book is longer and more elaborate. I haven’t read the book and I don’t care. I just see the film and as a film it’s awesome. Would I have liked more running time? Sure! I always want more because the series is amazing. If you want to give me more I sure take it. Just make it coherent and interesting. I love me some Harry Potter and I take what I can get. But it’s still 2h and 20 fucking minutes. That’s above average length. So what are you complaining about again? Get out of here! 😛
Anyway, I love the film because of a few things. First, it’s the most dramatic Potter movie yet. Uff, there was one particular scene towards the 3rd act that really got me. I love me some tears, don’t blame me.
On the other hand, the first two acts are really lighthearted and funny. Particular our main character’s interactions make for some really good laughs without being silly, as movies like that aimed for a younger audience tend to become. But really, it’s the drama that left the biggest impression on me.
Speaking of drama – The finale is so freakin’ awesome! It’s epic! We see a great wizard battle. If you always wanted to know what it looks like when two badass wizards are going at it, oh boy, you gonna get it. The effects during that fight look spectacular. The way it’s fought it really reminds me of Yoda vs Palpatine in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, only better.
Speaking of Star Wars. Is it only me or does it feel like J.K. Rowling has borrowed the concept of the light vs dark side and translated it onto the Potter universe? We learn a lot of things about the way the the dark arts “order” works and about its followers, plus there is a scene that really plays the fact you can become seduced by you-know-who (insider, watch the movie).
A Harry Potter movie would be no Harry Potter movie, if we weren’t introduced to new characters.
There is one particular that stands out. Professor Umbridge played by Imelda Staunton who is the new teacher for what? You guessed it -defense against the dark arts of course. At this point anything else would be a surprise and go against the tradition, I suppose. She is a despicable character, but as a testament to Imelda’s great performance she may end up to be one of the most memorable characters in the series. But man, she is such a sneaky bitch! It’s great 🙂
Then there is Luna, another new character played by Evanna Lynch. She is a student with a weird aura. Honestly, she creeps me out. Besides, she seems to have some issues with wearing shoes. Honey, you are freakin’ weird. It will take time for us to become friends. Also, your voice… enough said.
Something I like a lot, though, is that we learn more of background information about Sirius Black and even Prof. Snape. Especially the Snape stuff is really interesting and totally changes my view about some other characters. Really intriguing!
One word to the CGI. While some of it works great (the end fight f. ex.) other times it stands out as being a little too noticeable. It doesn’t take you out, it’s just there and you can see it. I know it’s nitpicky. But with a movie with a series with such high production standards, stuff like that sticks out.
At the end, though, this is a fantastic movie and at least for me one of the standouts. Right now it may be my favorite because of the strong characters and the intense drama at the end which involves the best finale of a Harry Potter movie yet.