REVIEW: Harry Potter
and The Order of The Phoenix
ďEvery great wizard in history has started
out as nothing more then what we are now. If they can do it,
why not us?Ē Thatís the attitude Harry! Be strong and
courageous, cause youĎre going to need it. As the classmates
have grown and matured, so has this movie series. It is
truly magical. The Harry Potter story is coming into focus.
For those of us that havenít read any of the books and rely
on the movies to know whatís going on, this one puts things
in perspective. This latest installment is full of action,
conflict, and lots and lots of magic, and itís all about the
magic, isnít it? Thereís even a moment extremely reminiscent
of the Star Wars saga, believe it or not, and for me, that
is a good thing. Once you see it youíll know what I mean.
The governing wizards donít believe Harryís claim that Lord
Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned. They fear that
possibility so much that theyíre denial drives them to
attack Harry, Dumbledore, and all of Hogwarts for that
matter. Most of your favorite characters do appear, even if
just for a cameo. There are some new characters that really
spiced things up a bit such as Dolores Umbridge (Imelda
Staunton), a member of the high council who is assigned to
Hogwarts and is a teacher/administrator from hell. Ron
(Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) were great team
players as always, although Ronís role seemed less involved
than normal. The maturing process is evident not only in the
characters and story, but in the actors themselves as well.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) shines more and more with
each performance, even though he is still the same isolated
and tormented Harry.
In order for a movie of wizardry and magic to be magical,
the special effects, well, have to be special (yeah, I
couldnít help myself). True to the Harry Potter name and
franchise, this one did not fall short at all. It was all
well done and a pleasure to watch.
It is hard to compare or rank this film among its siblings.
They are all good. If you ask me, and if youíre reading this
its because you are, I say this is the best one so far
because itís the one where Iíve been the least confused.
Director David Yates has done a wonderful job in keeping
this beautiful fantasy going. Itís good to know that he is
scheduled to do the next one. Iím ready . . . hey Harry, do
you think you could wave your wand and put me in 2008? On
second thought, no, I donít want to miss the movies between
now and then.
Review By Cine Marcos
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People Review Harry
Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix
The writer and director of the movie
completely messed up a wonderfull book.
A few poor job was done selecting which
itmes to sut from the book, The ending
was rushed and cut so much (one room, no
Hermoine 'near death' ) that it lost its
edge. Please bring back previous
director for next film!
For starters, this movie blew me away because it was unlike any other
Harry Potter film ever created. It was taken to a completely new [and
impressive] level of darkness, drama, suspense, and even the acting
didn't seem so "rehearsed" but indeed had a smooth flow throughout the
entire script. And there's another point, the film was not based on
dialogue, but more so on flashy camera angles which range from pictures and
waves coming from Harry's mind and also used to narrate the story without
using words. (Which cuts what I thought would be a potential extra HOUR
The epic saga of Harry Potter picks up right where it left off at
Goblet of Fire, immediately following Cedric Diggory's death, and the return
of Lord Voldemort. Miserable at Privet Drive, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)
finds himself in a tight spot when he misuses underage magic
privileges in front of evil cousin Dudley in their muggle hometown against of a
pair of rogue dementors. He then finds himself facing an inquiry at the
hands of Minister of Magic, Fudge whose main issue with Harry and his
so-called "act of self-defense" is more rooted to the fact that he
refuses to believe that Lord Voldemort is back. He puts his power as
Minister to good use to have the "Daily Prophet" publish stories that DENY
DENY DENY the return of Lord Voldemort and of course make Harry and
Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) out to be crack-pots.
A secret society, The Order of the Phoenix including main characters
like Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), Arthur Weasley, Aurors: Mad-Eye Moody,
Tonks, Kingsley, and many others have started to conduct meetings once
again to come up with a plan of action against Voldemort's uprise.
Although not seen or mentioned much in the film, it can be assumed that the
Order's meetings continue and it is also assumed that morale is low.
Back at Hogwarts, the morale here is also less than satisfactory. Many
of Harry's classmates are readers of The Daily Prophet and begin to
believe the lies it beholds. Harry finds himself, even with best friends
Ron and Hermione (played by Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, respectively)
beside him, completely alone. He's changing and he doesn't know why, or
has completely understood his connection with Voldemort.
Dolores Umbridge (played masterfully by Imelda Staunton) is sent by the
Ministry to keep an eye on Hogwarts, and ends up being quite the
nightmare. As she first names herself High Inquisitor she begins to issue
rules that even Dumbledore cannot override, and eventually takes over the
school. The performance given by Staunton is superb and truly grasps
that deliciously evil disciplinary figure masked by a too-perky,
The film introduces some new characters and revives older ones that we
deemed "unimportant" up until now. Examples include Neville Longbottom
(Matthew Lewis), that we now find is someonewith a purpose and a past
that even Harry can relate to. Also, Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) steps
up to the plate as a powerful witch who I would not want to get in a
fist fight with. New to the long list of Hogwarts students is Luna
Lovegood (perfectly captured by the real-life eccentric Evanna Lynch) who
proves herself to be a good friend to Harry because of their
similarities. She is of course, spacey, airy, and keeps on losing her shoes to
forces not even I can explain, but is useful and provides Harry with
SOMEONE he can actually relate to. Together along with the Weasley twins, and
other students, they form whats called: Dumbledore's Army where Harry
teaches his fellow students important spells that can defend them
against dark forces, to Umbridge's utmost dismay.
Well, i am a really big fan of harry
potter series, but I thought that this
movie was terrible!!! They chose the
wrong things to cut out, NO QUIDDITCH!!!
and they didn't really explain
everything. like sure, everyone who
watches the movie probably already read
the book, but like for example, when the
D.A. was discovered, it looked that it
was Cho's fault and not that friend of
hers, and also when cornlieus fudge is
convicting dumbledore for making/having
the army, technically, during the whole
movie, they NEVER mentioned that the
group was called the D.A....for
well, there are a lot of pointers....but
that's my thought about everything..
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Director: David Yates
Writer: Michael Goldenberg
Duration: 2hr 19mins
Helena Bonham Carter
Distributor: Warner Bros
Release Date: July 11, 2007
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