Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Very few in the wizarding world believe that Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) witnessed Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) return, but the secret Order of the Phoenix is gathering forces to fight. Meanwhile, Hogwarts is being controlled by the Ministry of Magic through the deliciously evil Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton).

Excellent movie, although it was torture having to wait 5 whole days after it came out to see it. The acting is really fabulous in this one, especially Imelda Staunton, Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, and Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood. My only complaint is that they cut sooo much out. I mean it's the longest book of the series, yet this was the shortest movie yet. It made for a very choppy plot and several characters were severely under-used, like Professor McGonagall and Trelawney. I think Ginny Weasley had two lines. However, they did get some nice reaction shots from her setting up for the next film. Plus, they cut out St. Mungo's which I really wanted to see. Alas, it was still a great movie.

My favorite parts of the movie:

Um, let's see, all of them, although Harry talking about the kiss with Ron and Hermione is quite memorable

5 out of 5 stars.

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