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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Dec 24, 2010
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Despite the fact that so many people dislike this volume of the Harry Potter series, this is actually my favourite film out of all of them, mostly because of the end scene at the ministry, the general mix of heartfeltness and humour, and the addition of Umbridge as a secondary villain. I loved Imelda Staunton's performance in this role, as she encompassed Umbridge from the books pretty well. As much as I like this film, there are definitely some things wrong with it.

I'll start off with the wrong things. First of all, the pacing is kind of off, and out of all the movies, it's probably the least faithful to it's respective book. I also didn't much care for the "romance" between Harry and Cho Chang, encircling around that incredibly awkward kiss in the middle of the movie. I thought that was pointless and could have been cut out of the movie all together. I liked Cho Chang somewhat in the books, and in the movies, she serves little purpose other than a personality-less love interest to Harry who ends up ditching Dumbledore's Army and just being a sad coward.

So I've bashed it in such a way that you're probably wondering why I gave it a 100%. Well, besides what I previously mentioned, I love every other aspect of the movie. Firstly, the performances are top-notch as always, and it fleshes out the new characters without sacrificing the development of the old ones. The new characters it introduces in this movie are mostly Order members, like Tonks, Kingsley, and further developments on Lupin and Mad-Eye. The actors in these roles all do splendidly, as well as the recurring actors.

Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson never fail to disappoint, and this movie includes probably their best performances to date. I think that's because they've been cemented in these roles for over five years and they are finally secure with them just as the franchise is hitting the middle of Harry's Hogwarts years. I also loved the introduction of Umbridge as a secondary villain. She truly does set the tone for her character in the seventh book. Again, I haven't seen the seventh movie, so I don't know how her character in the seventh book is adapted to the screen, but I will be seeing it sometime this week, so you can expect a review of it.

The visuals are still top-notch, as always, but they are improved upon in this film with the addition of the Ministry and the Department of Mysteries. Also, everything just seems to be in a different colour scheme than the other films. I can't really explain it, it just seems slightly grayer without being full-on black and white. I also liked the design of the Order headquarters too, and the visuals match the dark nature of the story perfectly. Nothing much else to say, but great visuals for a great story.

The climax is also epic, and perfectly told similarly to the book. Not exactly identically, but similarly. The other parts of the story besides the climax were great, albeit the pacing being a bit off, especially the bits with Dumbledore's army and Umbridge. Needless to say, the story is great and it's what makes it my favourite entry in the series.

If you haven't seen this movie and you're a fan of the series, it's definitely worth a look. By far the best film i've seen in the new wave of potter, this is my favourite entry and it will always be, unless Deathly Hallows part I is better. All in all, a fantastic movie in a fantastic series.

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December 30, 2010
Love Helena Bonham Carter in these, great review.
January 01, 2011
I also like it when they got the franchise to play a little darker.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film directed by David Yates and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, and is written by Michael Goldenberg and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. The story followsHarry Potter, a teen wizard in his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the Ministry of Magic refuses to believe the return of the Dark Lord Voldemort, and so appoints bureaucrat Dolores Umbridgeas a teacher at the magical school. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint andEmma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The supporting cast featuresRalph FiennesMichael GambonImelda StauntonGary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter.

Live-action filming took place in England and Scotland for exterior locations and Leavesden Film Studios inWatford for interior locations from February to November 2006, with a one-month break in June. Post-production on the film continued for several months afterwards to add in visual effects. The film's budget was reportedly between £75 and 100 million ($150–200 million).[2][3] Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, released it in the ...

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