Sunday, July 15, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Movie Review

I never thought that I would be seeing the latest Harry Potter flick on Saturday (especially when all the tickets for the weekend were sold out by the time I was able to log into but thanks to the patience and determination of my sister and a friend, I found myself sitting in the second row from the screen at Seasons, trying to watch the movie without spraining my neck. I can't complain though- it was a 10 rupee ticket.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a well made movie. It has been well publicised that this movie has the shortest running time compared to its prequels even though the book it's based on is not small. However, it works. The screenplay was very good and they managed to include everything in the book, like Occlumency lessons with Snape and Fred & George's awesome get away, without spending too much time on each. I was really looking forward to seeing Imelda Staunton as Professor Dolores Umbridge and she didn't disappoint. I think Umbridge is one of the better characters that Rowling has created and Staunton with her annoying little laugh and pretentious smile stole the show. There were quite a few awesome moments in the movie, like when Harry and the wizards from the Order of the Phoenix fly through London on their broomsticks and I felt that the usage of scenes from previous movies during the Occlumency lessons was a nice touch.

The acting in this movie was definitely better than the fourth one and David Yates has done an awesome job in recreating the book's best chapters into something equally fascinating on screen. The tempo is kept up throughout the movie but I was slightly disappointed with the climax. I guess I was expecting a lot more kick ass wand waving. Regardless, this is my favourite movie in the Harry Potter series so far and it's just got me even more excited about the release of the last book of the series.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - go watch it, preferably from a seat towards the back of the theater :)

My verdict: 7/10