Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Out Now On-Demand
In this, Harry Potter 5, trouble brews as Harry returns for another year at Hogwarts. Harry (Radcliffe) and Headmaster Dumbledore (Gambon) warn that the evil Lord Voldemort (Fiennes) is set to return, but the news is met with disdain by the authorities. Fearing his power in being undermined by these rumours, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, ousts Dumbledore from Hogwarts and appoints a new witch to take charge of the school. Meanwhile, it’s up to the titular Order of freedom fighters – including Sirius Black (Oldman)– to prepare to fight the Dark Lord’s army (which includes Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange).
As well as Harry’s first kiss, ‘Order Of The Phoenix’ is promised as the darkest and most complex Potter film yet. Says Radcliffe: “This is the most overtly political of the films”, and virgin Potter-director Yates: “it’ll be edgier, a little more complicated, emotionally”.
- Michael Goldenberg (based on the novel by JK Rowling)
Rating: M contains violence & fantasy horror
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
By Eimhin Hoey, aged 10
I thought this latest Harry Potter film was the best yet and definitely THE movie of 2007. The movie had amazing special effects, for example when Dumbledore (spoiler removed), I thought that was really well done.
The script brought out the character’s roles and personalities in the film- by this I mean that the story was very much like the book and was easy to follow and understand.
The direction was fantastic. I thought that the director had a keen eye for detail and perfected the little things that made the movie so enjoyable. The way he finished certain scenes really well- you were always thinking “what’s coming up next and what’s going to happen now” like the end of the scene where (spoiler removed).
And I think Eimhin’s hit the nail on the head- this film is really well done. For his first Potter foray, director David Yates has taken a firm hand, and it works very well. Yates, who is best known for British television drama- and in particular his love of Ken Loach- seems a surprising choice for the franchise. But then, they’ve always been prone to shock, such as handing over Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to Alfonso Cuaron.
Complaints? Well, I’d like Sirius Black to be that much more dashing, but it seems unfair to hold a children’s film responsible for certain personal issues of mine. And Gary Oldman is very good. I’d just maybe like him to have worn a cape. The middle section of the film does feel long, but I really think they’ve done well to keep this one so roundly under three hours.
And, without gushing, the acting is fantastic. Watching it you get a sense of how much fun they’re all having. Not to say that it isn’t serious business, but you do come away thinking just how good it must have been to be involved with. The new girl Luna Lovegood, played by Evanna Lynch is a real treat. It must be hellishly scary to step up into a franchise like this, but she’s a scene stealer. And of the adults, Imelda Staunton is the standout as Dolores Umbridge. Fantastic.
The other stars of the film are the special effects. They are never allowed to swamp the action (every other film this year, please take note). And the action rolls on solidly throughout the piece. Frankly, I could have watched more. Yates is signed on for the next film already, which is a great move.
And yes, Harry’s a little angsty and annoying at times. At least he’s acting his age. Adults, take note.
Reviewed by Beatrix Coles.
Los Angeles Times
The Christchurch Press [Margaret Agnew]
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Village Voice [USA]
There has been better
A visual feast
I for one don't feel that everything in a book needs to be covered in a movie adaptation. Very few books are written in such a way that a movie could follow it exactly without being tedious.
The fight scenes showcased some impressive special effects and the trio's acting has improved slightly.
One thing that I didn't particularly like was how fake Voldemort seemed to look. I know that he is meant to look inhuman, but he looked really artificial in this movie (it was a bit more believable in Goblet of Fire).
Didnt like the movie as much as what i would of liked to. Some scenes just didnt relate at all. They missed out the best bit in the book. And it just dragged and didnt really make sense
Still Sinking In
It was different - but good different. The new cast members were perfect in their roles. It's a lot more grown up - I guess it's because Harry is growing up. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie.