My Harry Potter review
7.13.2007

Well, a friend and I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this afternoon. I always try to remind myself not to expect the movie to be like the book and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It didn't work this time. I was disappointed. It isn't that the movie was awful or anything...but there was so much missing.

They took the longest book and made the shortest movie - and anyone who read the book could tell there was a lot of stuff left out. I know they have to edit the books down. I get that. But at least condense the story! It seemed like lots of exposition was cut to allow for a few special effects set pieces. I would rather have had the exposition, personally. The parts they left in were done quite well and the film looked good - except for the centaurs who continue to look like freaky half-done amateur animation. Why won't they let ILM do all the special effects??!?!? WHY?!

On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised by how much the kids' acting has improved. Yes, they have been slowly improving from the beginning but it seemed like a huge leap forward this time. They really are growing up. *sniff*

So, in conclusion, should you go see the movie? Yes, if you're a fan of the series. Do you need to rush out right now? Not so much.

Who else has seen it??

**ETA: So, near the end of the movie when one of the characters (who has been in deep denial) finally admits that You Know Who is back, the guy sitting behind us goes "DUH!". LOLOL

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7 Comments:


At 10:23 PM, Blogger ames

i haven't seen it. nor have i read the book. lol i should enjoy it then, right?

i am going to take my bros soon.

 

At 10:53 PM, Blogger C2

Yup - if you haven't read the book (why haven't you read the book?!?) then you should like the movie fine. You've seen the other movies, right? If not, things could get confusing but I'm sure the brothers can explain everything. :o)

 

At 1:12 AM, Blogger ames

i read the first three...then left off in the middle of a field in goblet of fire. i'm beginning to seriously question the need to read the rest of this series. i don't know. lol

i love the movies though.

 

At 6:58 PM, Blogger C2

Goblet of Fire was the hardest to get through. The pacing was horrible! IIRC, she had writer's block on that one so I kept at it.

Maybe pick them back up with book 5 and see how it goes, says me. :o) Five and Six are much better, honest!

 

At 10:44 PM, Blogger ames

ok, you've convinced me. i'll keep on with mr.potter. lol

 

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Mailyn

Man I loved it. Hell, I love all the movies. I'm like the only one who doesn't think any one of the movies/books are better than the others. LOL.

 

At 9:40 PM, Blogger C2

Ames - HA! My evil plan has worked! Since you don't have anything to read... ;-)

Mailyn - I liked the movie, I just think it could have been so much better. The only time I haven't liked the book way better was Goblet of Fire (my least favorite book). The movie had better flow. :-D I'm already looking forward to the next movie and they haven't even started filming yet.