More “Order of the Phoenix” Film Reviews

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Jul 10, 2007

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With less than 12 hours left until the first midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix take place, more reviews of the film are being published across the country. Here is a roundup of the latest reviews from the past few days:

The Miami Hearld has a glowing review of the film, which gives it three out of four stars. The review begins by saying:

The plot finally thickens in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,or at least it builds up enough momentum to pull off the most amazing magic yet for the wildly popular franchise: It is genuinely engrossing.

Devoted readers of the J.K. Rowling novels may disagree, but this is the first installment in the soon-to-be series-of-seven that doesn’t seem like just another spinoff capitalizing on the money-minting Harry Potter brand name. Instead, Phoenix feels like a real movie, albeit a chapter in a larger narrative that is only now starting to develop into something interesting and substantial.

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert also gave his opinion on the film. Published in the Chicago Sun Times Mr. Ebert notes the darker and more serious turn of the films, which showcase, along with the books, the characters growing up. Mr. Ebert describes a particular scene in the film, that he feels notes this evolution and goes on to say on the subject:

There will come a time, I fear, as we approach the end of the series (one book and two films to go), that Harry and his friends will grow up and smell the coffee. They weren’t trained as magicians for fun. When they eventually arrive at some apocalyptic crossroads, as I fear they will, can the series continue to live in PG-13 land? The archvillain Voldemort is shaping up as the star of nightmares.

A number of other reviews of the film can be found here:

Chicago Tribune

  • New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Boston Globe
  • IGN
  • MSNBC
  • Time Magazine
  • Washington Post
  • Salon
  • Update: On the films official release date, a slew of new reviews have been published online. Here is a few more reviews of the latest Harry Potter film.

  • Stuff New Zealand
  • Times Online
  • NPR
  • Coming Soon
  • Zap2It
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Globe and Mail
  • Toronto Star
  • Premiere
  • Thanks to all who mailed!





    94 Responses to More “Order of the Phoenix” Film Reviews

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    Cool. I certainly wouldn’t mind and R-rated potter movie :)

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    wow, it’s one promissing review. I’m so happY!

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    The San Fran one was pretty harsh, and obviously came from someone who is not a fan. But this movie overall looks like it is shaping up to be artistically, and emotionally the best one yet!

    first comment?

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    wow i jsut read some comments about imelda staunton and the fact that she is so good in this movie as umbridge that she could possibly be up for an oscar nod? wow i cant wait!!

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    I read the SF Chronicle review last night (as it is my local paper). I wouldn’t trust anyone who was paying so much attention to the movie that he thinks that the D.A. rides to the Ministry on Centaurs, rather than Thestrals.

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    Great, can’t wait for tomorrow!

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    I saw OotP last night at a screener showing, and it was amazing. My favorite HP movie yet. It was dark and visually stunning—great scenery, great shots, etc. I thought it was a great adaptation.

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    I personally would love to lead the campaign for the final two movies to be R-Rated… who’s with me? (:

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    The Boston Globe’s review was awesome! That reviewer hasn’t read the books, and makes the point of saying that they’d rather concentrate on what’s in the movie than be distracted by what’s not. I can totally respect that. They also said that Umbridge is like the genetic offspring of Margaret Thatcher and Attila the Hun (ouch!), and the description of Luna made me laugh: “She’s like Dakota Fanning after a few conks on the head, and I hope we get more of her.” I enjoyed this review very much. -B

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    www.rottentomatoes.com compiles all critics reviews – so far Harry Potter has garnered a most healthy overall rating of 76% from 55 reviews which is fantastic.

    I have no idea of what Ebert is rambling about or if he even enjoyed the film – is he given it a good or bad review ?

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    Ebert has really disappointed me with his review. He gave the film 2 1/2 stars and wrote this,

    “My hope, as we plow onward through “Potters” Nos. 6-7, is that the series will not grow darker still. “

    I think he needs to take a little more responsibility when reviewing these films. Like read the books and understand the natural progression they have to take. I just feel if he cannot understand the film’s purpose or why some things are the way they are…then don’t review it! And trust me, this is not just because it is a not so great review about the film, it’s what he says about it and his complete lack of knowledge and frankly continuity when it comes to reviewing the potter films.

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    Most aspects of this movie has brought differences of opinions. Nut the most astounding and joyful aspect I have found common with almost all reviews is that of Evanna Lynch. Almost every review have been enchanted somewhat by her. To think she has never acted before, she is lingering in reviewers’ minds the most. How fascinating is that?! Of course Staunton is making a brilliant impact with her take on Umbridge.

    God, I have to wait until Thursday to see this film!

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    BabyMandrake I completely agree, I loved what they said about Luna. The few clips I’ve seen on yahoo movies of her are excellent! I love seeing a true fan do her justice!

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    So the SF review was pretty harsh, but the others ones seemed fair. I liked how the SF review criticized mainly the book, and not the film itself, especially when the reviewer mentioned how Harry getting expelled for using magic outside of school, and then not getting expelled again was completely useless. That isn’t the movie’s fault, it’s the book’s. And besides, that entire scene isn’t useless. It shows how corrupt the ministry is.

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    Take the Ebert review with a small grain of salt-his favorite HP films were 1 and 2 (small groan). To be honest though, if he didn’t see any previews for the film (which is somewhat doubtful) and didn’t expect it to be darker, then…well…it’s his loss.

    If you read the review all the way, though-he doesn’t bash the movie so much as the plot. He says the acting is great and the CG is good-he says visually it’s beautiful, he just wishes they were whimsical and Harry was still wowed by the wizarding world (slightly ridiculous, considering that he’s been in the world for five years now-the wow factor would have worn off regardless of how dark it is). Anyway. It should be good :) Remember to watch it as a movie, not a book-two entirely different genre’s.

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    I read Roger Ebert’s review in the papers this morning and was probably exasperated beyond words by his ignorance. He devotes his entire review, it seems, to deploring over the fact that the fifth film lacks the magic that was present in the first two films. Of course, this is the same argument he used in order to criticize the third film by Alfonso Cuaron as well, which, as all the fans know, the artistic side of Hollywood was much more receptive too. Mr. Ebert seems to have deluded himself with the impression that Harry Potter is like the Alice in Wonderland or something – a whimsical fantasy for children. It is not. Were he actually to bother to open the books – and he’d probably stop very soon, as they wouldn’t meet his expectations – he’d find something far more mature and beautiful than that: an exploration of the human condition and an epic that hasn’t had a rival since the Lord of the Rings. It is a pity that he is this close-minded.

    Anyways, his review made me roll my eyes. He didn’t seem to commentate on anything but his own silly personal preferences that he should have realized a long time ago were never going to be fulfilled. Read the books, too, sir.

    Anyways, from what I have seen so far the critics have received this movie positively, which is reassuring. I can’t wait to see it in eleven hours and twenty-three minutes.

    All of them mentioned Imelda Staunton too. I knew she would be spectacular.

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    Having read the full review, I’ve come to the conclusion that Ebert missed the point entirely.

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    Most of the complaints in reviews are that its too dark compared to previous ones, but this is just not escapable. 5 is darkest so far.

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    I used to live in Berkeley and still read the SF Chron on line. I e-mailed Mike LaSalle (the reviewer) last night and explained to him that they were Thestrals and not Centaurs that they rode (duh-Centaurs don’t have wings!)...he responded to me that the print version of the review would be corrected. Looking forward to seeing this on IMAX here in the OC! woohoo!

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    I’m so glad that the reviews are good overall – one poor one came out early, which made me nervous about the film. It should be dark, so I can’t give much credence to reviewers who are complaining about that.

    I’m so excited to see it! Going over to the theater this afternoon to see if they have tickets for tomorrow.

    To quote Al Roker, “It’s Potter-Palooza!”

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    I don’t care waht any review says. I got my ticket and amread to go tonight! ONLY 10:15:28 LEFT!

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    I am so excited I can’t even type!

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    LOL, I almost emailed him too to correct him, but then I figured that he could probably care less.

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    Anyway, I wouldn’t really trust mainstream reviewers for their opinions. Look at Goblet of Fire. It has an 89% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the same as Prisoner of Askaban. I HATED GoF (and not even as an adaptation of the book, as a film in general, I disliked the flow, cinematography, lack of character development, etc.) and critics liked it. On the other hand, I loved POA and the critics, in general, seemed to have liked it too. So, as far as I’m concerned, I won’t pass judgement on OotP, no matter what, until I see it. I’ve rarely find reviews to predict how much I like a film or show, unless it is reviewed by regular people, not critics (e.g. I find the netflix anime reviews helpful).

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    Thank God for IGN reviews. They seemed to be the only ones that read (or understood?) the book. They explained in great detail what was good and bad about the movie from the perspective of someone who has read OOTP.

    I thoroughly enjoyed that read.

    The first two Potter films were rather weak, but I liked Chamber of Secrets for 1) how much it improved over Philosopher’s Stone, and 2) How true to the book it was.

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    i find the negative reviews of this film to all carry a similar theme, and that is that this film has lost it’s magic, it is no longer the escapist world of magic of the first two films. and that the plot is to complex… both I find to be funny because they show just how uninformed the reviewers are, and how little they understand the series as a whole… Roger Ebert’s review is a good example because he is a smart reviewer but he commonly makes mistakes similar to this when reviewing “genre” films that he isn’t necessairily interested in, particularly fantasy literature (read his LOTR reviews he never really “got” those films, even though he reviewed them favorably)

    in his review of OotP he said both things, and makes some silly presumptions that show that he has clearly misunderstood these films and frankly not paid attention…

    book 5 is clearly where the story shifts and the “feel” of the books/films changes, JKR has said numerous times that she isn’t writing an escapist novel for children to experience a lovely fantasy world, so why do movie reviewers expect that is what the films have to offer! there is nothing I like more when a reviewer clearly gets it and not only likes the movie but understands it as well

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    I agree with what everyone else has said. The reviewers that haven’t liked the film all say it’s too dark and not “whimsical’ enough. That makes me happy, because it shows that they got the tone of the book correctly.

    Other critics have suggested that the movie was boring or confusing because of the sub-plots. Well, just wait until HBP. Talk about a book without a central plot. Yates is going to have an interesting time with that movie.

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    Can’t wait till tomarow!!!!!! Ebert’s review really bumed me out. He also made a mistake. He said,”He gets disapproval from his superiors at Hogwarts.” He gets disapproval from the ministry! I will see it no matter what some of the reviewers said. It is the darkest HP movie yet.Also, can’t wait for book 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    sorry i posted soo much

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    I hate to criticize someone who has recently been ill, but Roger Ebert, with whom I have frequently agreed, doesn’t seem to get it. He referred to the Hogwarts kids as “magicians”. I cringe whenever someone calls them that(Ebert has, unfortunately, not been the only one). They are witches and wizards, not magicians. Anyone who would make a glaring error like that really doesn’t understand much. I won’t bother to read the entire review. The books kept getting darker. Jo warned us about that for years. This means the films must follow suit. I think Roger Ebert just doesn’t want the trio to grow up and that’s why he can’t give this film a higher rating. Well, no matter. My sister and I have tickets for Wednesday evening. I wouldn’t miss this film if God himself gave it two and a half stars!

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    i would KILL for an R rating. i want all the swear words when it says in the book, “Harry swore loudly from under thecloak and a group of nerby girls scattered.”

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    I agree with you all, the only things I’ve seen they criticize are things that from a fan point of view is what we were hoping the movie would have. The book is darker and more realistic.

    It’s crazy someone say there is no magic. You just have to see the trailers to see this is the movie with more magic. I love how for the first time we really see all these young and older wizards use a lot of magic. And all the creatures: the centaurs, the thestrals, Kreacher… The sets are all impressive, these movies have the best art director of the world (it’s about time they give Stuart Craig an Oscar for these movies!!). The acting is the best so far, 99% of the reviews agree Stauton, Radcliffe, Rickman, Linch, Carter and Oldman are perfect. And the scenes I’ve seen are all very canon. Of course there are little details, but they are things that it just helps to do a better movie, because doing it like the book says would not work so well in the movie. So I think this one will be my favorite so far!

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    I would like an R rating too, maybe it sounds crazy to some of you but I would love to see a sex scene with Harry and Ginny. Not a explicit sex scene, just one done in a beautiful way, without showing too much, but making it clear what they will do, don’t know if I’m explaining it well… The comment Ginny does in HBP when she talks about “Harry’s tatoo”, when I read that I thought…mhmmm those two have had more than a kiss! I want to see more than the kiss, which is a great scene, but they are my favorite couple and I hope they give then enough time in HBP. They are much more important than all the Lav-Lav stuff.

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    I hope not. swearing does not add anything to movies other then make characters look like idiots.

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    Way to go Ebert! I couldnt agree more. It’s about time WB realizes that the HP fans have grown up along with Harry and are certainly capable of handeling an R rated movie. It’s wonderful for Ebert, or atleast someone of his calabre, to realize that Voldemort isnt going to be your typical PG13 menace, he’s a baddie, a nasty, blood thirsty Hitler wanna-be. I dont want to spoil for those who havent read the books but what is going to come in the next film certainly is NOT a PG13 experience. especially with a certain Werewolf and Bill Weasley.

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    I just glad you guys who want sex and swearing are not doing this movies but then based on what yate is saying about what hbp is about, you guys might get your wish.

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    I was expecting Ebert’s review to be a positive one, but seeing as he didn’t quite get the movie and seeing as he didn’t exactly hate it, it’s OK. I keep remembering that two days ago, it actually reached 92%, so it’s all good. Anyway, who cares what critics think, I can’t wait. It comes out July 19 in my country (bummer), but I’ve waited this long, haven’t I? Yes I have and I still can’t wait!!!!!!!

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    luna, don’t get me wrong, I think the most important thing in HBP is Harry learning about Voldemort’s life and the Horcruxes. But in the book there is a lot of ‘sex’ too, I really liked Harry and Ginny relationship, so I want to see that. Not a explicit sex scene, but the kiss scene and maybe one more where it is showed that “best week in my life” like Harry describes it, snogging or whatever you call it. Harry is growing up and maturing that has to be shown in the movies. I don’t think swearing adds much to the movie, like someone else said. Also, about the R rating, I would love it if they do the scene in the cave something reallly really scary.

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    Ebert. I’ve never agreed with much he says on the Potter movies. He’s always preferred the first two. Much of what he calls weaknesses in the later ones, I call strengths. The progression into the darker reality is inevitable. He doesn’t seem to get the Potter world and ideas at all. Too bad.

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    I think when Yates said the HBP movie would be about “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll”, he was speaking metaphorically.

    I doubt we’ll ever see anything more than a PG-13 for these films. After all, JKR did leave the explicit details of Harry & Ginny’s romance to the reader’s imagination. I think that’s appropriate for books whose audience is mainly children.

    Am I being too prudish??? NAAAAAAA!!!

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    There are some reviews that show that the reviewer in question has no idea what was going on in the movie because they probably: a) Didn’t even READ the book b) Didn’t understand the book because it was too ‘confusing’

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    Harry does swear in the books- it’s just very cleverly veiled by JK as “what Harry said next was fortunately not heard by …” or similar, like the invisibility cloak scene that made the girls run away. So it is there, but so subtle that children might not (I think I’m being optimistic here, LOL) pick it up. That sort of subtlety is probably not possible to do in the movies so maybe best left out. In the movies they leave all the swearing to Ron where it seems to be allowed.

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    The SF guy didnt seem to get it. He talks of the first twenty minutes getting us nowhere, because he breaks school rules and the school wants to expel him. Well, that’s why he thinks it gets nowhere. It’s all about how the ministry is trying to undermine Harry and Dumbledore, and take over the school. It might not be successfull in that first attempt, but it shows the viewer that the Ministry is Meddling.

    I dont think the reviewer has to read the book to give a good review (was it the Globe guy who said he doesnt read the books, so he’s not destracted by what’s missing?), but at least try and pay attention to the movie your watching.

    I cant WAIT! I’m going at midnight (7 HOURS!). My theater is showing it on 8 screens at midnight (9 if you count IMAX). That’s awesome!

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    It seems that so many who write about Potter movies and books speak from a bank of tired ideas of what they think they should be. I think the reason so many fans love Harry Potter is because it does not follow the predictable standards of today’s entertainment geared toward short attention spans and preconceived ideas. Have you noticed they think they understand Potter fans, too; but they are usually clueless. HP geeks love Rowling’s books, not because she is the best reviewed by the literature elitists or the droll movie yackers, but because she is an exceptionally good story weaver whose stories have layers most don’t bother to notice are there, much less delve into. The reality for me is that I get much more excited about seeing a mediocre Potter movie than most of the 4-stars out there. Fortunately, though, I get to see what I think will be the best of the lot at midnight.

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    Aaaaaaah! I didn’t go to the other links but the Miami Herold is certainly true, the movie is fabulous. I saw it last night in LA as part of a media screening with my cousin and the movie is fabulous – the best one yet! (I nearly burst out laughing when Evanna Lynch said, “They’re called thestrals” and when Dawlish came on screen. My cousin almost killed me.)

    And…R rated movie? I doubt it. Warner Bros. knows that they’re often targeting young children who have read the books or followed the movies and risking an R rating would mean losing much of their young audience as it would turn parents off from bringing their children into an R rated movie.

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    What I noticed from a review that brought a smile to my face was that Evanna…a Potter fan like us…who wasn’t an actress…was spellbinding as Luna. From the clips I’ve seen…she really WAS Luna…not just acting Luna….on and off the camera.

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    I’m not entirely surprised that Ebert didn’t quite enjoy the films as much as its predecessors. He enjoyed the whimsy and innocence of the earlier films.

    I think that the criticisms of Roger Ebert above are largely off-base.

    iamminerva: Webster’s defines “magician” as “one skilled in magic”. How on Earth is Ebert’s application of the term a “glaring error”?

    fortunate-Lilymaid: Ebert didn’t say he wished Harry was still wowed by the wizarding world. He was simply making an observation.

    Yokata: Ebert isn’t reviewing the books. He doesn’t have to read them. The films must stand on their own. If you’ve read any of Ebert’s reviews (other than those of the Potter films) you’d know that Ebert is hardly closed-minded. Was he ignorant and closed minded when he gave the first four films positive reviews?

    Jason: What makes you think that Ebert isn’t “necessarily” interested in fantasy as a genre? What other genres is Ebert not interested in?

    Madeline: “I just feel if he cannot understand the film’s purpose or why some things are the way they are…then don’t review it!” Surely, you’re not implying that Ebert should only write reviews that you agree with?

    I find it laughable that some of you think that Ebert doesn’t “understand” the films, as if they’re somehow beyond his comprehension. Is “Order of the Phoenix” harder to understand than “8 1/2” or “The Seventh Seal”? Perhaps, after you’ve educated Ebert about the cinema, you could teach Lance Armstrong to ride a bicycle.

    Have you considered that the film’s flaws may not register to those who have read the book, since we’ll simply “fill in the gaps”? As I said before, Ebert can only review a film on its own merits. I have not seen the film, so I cannot comment on the “accuracy” of his review.

    Ebert says that his star ratings are not absolute; one must consider the context. Take what you want from his reviews. If you think you’ll like it despite his objections, go see it. If you think he’s wrong, fine. I don’t always agree with him. Ebert is entitled to his opinion; it needn’t conform to ours.

    I hope that nobody interprets my post as an attack. I’m simply suggesting that people shouldn’t take movie reviews personally.

    (For the record, I liked the first two films.)

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    In my opinion, swearing does not make a movie better. Idon’t mind a little bit, but the HP films don’t need a lot. I also don’t think HP needs to be rated R (this might change once I read Deathly Hallows). I really don’t care what the critics say, this one looks like the best. Roger Ebert doesn’t get it. I normally agree with his reviews, and I was hoping he was being sarcastic. Why the heck would Harry still be at awe about the wizarding world? He was 11 when it started, and now he’s 15. And he’s faced Voldemort several times now.

    What really gets me is how a lot of people who are giving this negative reviews because of the darker Harry and the darker story. The book is darker. I really wish people would quit complaining about Harry being angry all the time. What do they expect him to do after all he’s been through, hold hands with Voldemort and skip into the sunset? Sorry for the rambling and the long post. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll see this film until Saturday, but hopefully it’ll go by quickly. Imelda Staunton, Evanna Lynnch, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman, and Alan Rickman seem great. Matthew Lewis does, as well. OOTP is my favorite HP book, and I think this movie will have done it justice.

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    Correcting my previous post:

    - “I’m not entirely surprised that Ebert didn’t quite enjoy the films as much as its predecessors.”

    I meant “film”, not “films” (oops).

    - “I think that the criticisms of Roger Ebert above are largely off-base.”

    I should have written “I think that the above criticisms of Roger Ebert are largely off-base.” (Unforgivably awkward!)

    Me and my bloody perfectionism.

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    I’m goin to see it in 3D IMAX in San Francisco…wonder what the 3D experience will be like.

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    To add to what DracoDaDeathEater said above, I was so happy to see such praise for Evanna Lynch as Luna in the two reviews (Time and the NY Times) that I’ve read so far. I just can’t help thinking: “She’s one of us! And she did us proud!” For those who didn’t read it, here’s what A.O. Scott wrote in the Times:

    ”’Order of the Phoenix’ also introduces Evanna Lynch, a pale, wide-eyed 15-year-old nonprofessional from Ireland who, having read the book, decided that no one else could play Luna Lovegood, the weirdest witch at Hogwarts. It seems Ms. Lynch was right. She’s spellbinding.”

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    My dad’s friend saw the movie yesterday and he said it was, “too long, too dark, and not enough action.” That bought a major WTF from me and my sister. Yeah, he doesn’t read the books. We both have tickets to the midnight screening.

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    I CAN’T WAIT TILL 12:00A.M! THATS WHEN OOTP COMES OUT!!!!! I’M @ THE MOVIES DRESSED AS A WITCH!!! I CANT WAIT!!!

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    I’m glad that there is some praise for the film. I plan to watch it regardless of critical consensus.

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    “Much more interesting is a spooky new girl named Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch ), who sees things that may or may not be there: She’s like Dakota Fanning after a few conks on the head, and I hope we get more of her.”

    Haha I love Evanna. :-D

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    Glad that the movie is getting so much praise. I really don’t understand how critics can’t expect the films to get darker, even if they hadn’t read the books, reviews and synopisis of them should tell them this. On a bright note only 2 1/2 hours to go woohoo…I just checked my theatres website and there are 5 sold out midnight shows between 12:01 and 12:20 a.m. and 2 more filling fast! I will be at the first one 12:01!!!

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    Hey guys! I’m from Australia and have just seen the film; by far the worst so far. I’m extremely disappointed, even PoA was better. :(

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    Keep in mind that for Ebert, 2.5 stars out of 4 is not a negative review. He gives that rating to movies that he has a fondness for, even if he wasn’t totally on board.

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    Rolls eyes at San Francisco Chronicle review

    Got my ticket today for Friday at 7pm! The only reason we’re waiting that long is b/c of my good friend’s work schedule and how when she planned out her last day, the movie was still being released on July 13th. She’s leaving for Japan on the 27th, so we can’t see it for the first time without her. It’ll be our last hurrah for a couple of years. I can’t wait! Chinese for dinner and then Harry Potter! Then I’m seeing it with my sister and her family again on Saturday.

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    I just got back from a private screening of the movie (west coaster) it was fantastic. The movie flows much better than GoF and although a lot has been changed it melds pretty seamlessly. Gary Oldman does an amazing job playing Sirius and I wish there was more of him, but wow. Umbridge was spot on and so was Luna, which made me very happy. I would say the best part of this movie is it does the best by far of any of the movies in displaying the humor that exists in the Potter books. Bravo!

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    I thought OotP was going to be the best movie so far, but was bitterly disappointed today when I went to see it. I don’t see how any real fan of the books could like the film – it’s so disappointingly inaccurate, cut, reshaped and reworked. The whole thing is like a bad teaser trailer. I was really expecting a lot more and I hope Yates doesn’t ruin Half-Blood Prince like he did OotP.

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    i’ve watched the movie just 45 mins. ago! I can’t say that it surpassed the GOF but it’s really awesome! I’ve noticed that Luna bellowed “Levicorpus” at the ministry! But that spell won’t be discovered until HBP, and Luna won’t know about it!... Well the best thing that can be said is that Emma’s back! I mean, she shines here more than in GOF!(watch, she’ll do a little bit lot of some laughing!)

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    I AM SOOOO MAD! Im M-A-D! I went to the midnight showing of OotP in our local Cinemagic and the STUPID projectors broke. They called the police because there was a near riot! I’ve never seen so many angry people in my life. Then we find out that another local Cinemagic lost total power and had to eveacuate everyone by flashlight! UGH!

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    Just watched the film – it’s a fairly good interpretation of the books, in my opinion. They left a hell of a lot of nuances, though, that bug me to no end.

    Overall, it was a good film and I’m impressed that they condensed such a long book into 2h18m. But let’s not kid ourselves; these aren’t the books, they’re not trying to be, and we shouldn’t expect them to include every little detail we may love.

    I almost wish I could be put under hypnosis to get a feel of how I’d think of the movie if I weren’t a fan of the books. It would be very interesting.

    Also, they did a superb job at making Dolores Umbridge so sweetly evil.  Four out of five stars, I say.
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    I’ve just seen the movie (in Australia) with my daughter, and we absolutely loved it!!! It is far and away the best one yet, so never mind what the critics have to say – go and enjoy!!

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    Just got back from the midnight show; here’s my review:

    If I wasn’t grinning like a maniac at some point during the movie, it is because I was crying. Such a thing happened twice. Once when Sirius went ‘bye-bye’ and again when Dumbledore and Harry had their little heart-to-heart in the end. Now, about the smiling. About halfway through I started to feel a twitching sensation in my jaw. I temporarily lost control of my ‘smile muscles’ and could not relax my face. Of course, I expected that such intense levels of adrenaline would warrant such bizzare and potentially lethal physical results.

    I honestly can say this was my favorite. No flashy graphics that are pointless to the plot, no weird talking heads and other out-there stuff. My favorite thing about the film? The cast. Luna was, in a word, perfect. Snape was on his A Game in this one; Slytherin to the core. Umbridge was freakin’ fantastic. I cannot find a flaw with the casting. Fred and George were…well…Fred and George. They were hilarious in all the right spots. ‘The Scene’ was just amazing, you know the once. Brooms and swamps? Well, no swamps here, but plenty of fireworks.

    My other favorite part? The Battle. The one with Voldemort and Dumbledore. It was just so intensely exciting. And they wrapped up the whole thing wonderfully. The part before that, with Sirius, was just so badass. And incredibly sad.

    Overall, I’m pleased that they kept it as canon as possible and that the humor and heavy emotional stuff was in balance. Because this was, without a doubt, the most mentally intriguing Potter movie yet.

    My friend would like to add that the sexual tension in this was overwhelming, it might as well be por…well, you know where that is going.

    YOU SHOULD SEE THIS. It was….I can’t explain it.

    Seriously. Go.

    Thanks :o) ,

    Sue.

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    I just returned from a midnight showing, and I believe thsi is my favorite of the series. It was the first time I left a HP movie not wishing it was longer. Perfect pacing. The battle was beyond amazing. The acting was great.

    For the first time, I felt this was a complete movie.

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    Just came back from the film – East Coast. I wanted to cry and hug Harry. I loved it. Where can I post / discuss? Lounge doesn’t seem to be working. -Patricia421

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    EVANNA LYNCH IF YOU ARE READING THISYOU ROCK!!!! Great GREAT job with the part! The movie was soooo good!!!

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    How can I explain how well done this film is? I’ve been out of the movie for almost 2 hours but I still feel like crying and hugging Harry like Mrs. Weasley does in GOF (BOOK!). I love how they portrayed Voldemort in Harry’s body, and how Harry expelled him. I thought that was very important, for book 5 and possibly 7. It is too bad they cut the DD/Harry chat at the end down (on the LA red carpet the other day Dan Radcliffe said they cut it down), as they always cut down those wonderful wrap-up talks from the books, but it was WAY better than the butcher job they did to DD in movie 4.

    I thought the beginning could have been a bit faster paced. But the film sucked me in. You can TELL Michael Goldenberg LOVED this book, as he didn’t change great lines just to flex his muscles and show that he can. As my friend said, “A teaspoon Ron!”

    The director said the next movie/book is very funny, not as serious as this one, and he is excited to show that. I would pay for a ticket right now to see it. The film leaves you wanting the next chapter. I REALLY hope they can get Michael Goldenberg again. I know Kloves is set to do it but hey, he left, a dangerous thing to do. We’ve now seen better.

    Many many lines were there, straight from the book. The ones they changed, I loved. The scenes and storylines they combined or cut down, were perfect. The stuff they left out, I did not miss. I can’t wait to go again tonight, if they have tickets.

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    Just got home from movie short review once again a movie of Harry Potter cliff notes. some cool stuff but dose not do the book justice.

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    oh wow, thanks for your great reviews everyone. Can’t believe I still have to wait a day and a half for this :(

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    (posted this earlier) MOVIE SPOILERS ahead (well some at least)

    Listen, I’m never to be easily impressed, especially when it comes to our Harry Potter movies. However, I just got back from the midnight screening, and I feel David Yates has succeeded in leaps and bounds. It’s amazing, and so much different than the previous films that there is simply no comparison. This makes the other films look ameteruish.

    I commend acting as the best indicator of this. Radcliffe’s acting ability has skyrocketed. If he could have done this, or at least had been given the screen time to do so, in the past films, they would have shined. He shows Harry as the immensely deep and especially disturbed character he is in the fifth book. Yates allows this to happen so seamlessly and Dan never ever drops the ball with this acting improvement; I was blown away. Highlights include his (SPOILER) ”...look at me!” in dumbledore’s office, his amazing range in showing Harry going mad after taunted by Dudley and others at school, his natural chemistry (and anger) at Hermoine and Ron, his POSSESION by Voldy, etc… I was actually looking forward to his acting every single scene in the film by the end.

    And of course, David Yates is responsible for a good chunk of this growth. The film is totally about HARRY (I’m not sure I agree with this first person narrative, but…that is how the book is!) and how it should be. Every scene is driven to show some facet of Harry’s state of mind, character, etc. Of course the other films obviously were also like this, but Yates takes it to new heights. Using scene composition, he extends Dan’s performance. One thing I kept seeing was how he would place Harry on the edges of the frame again and again whenever he was feeling isolated, depressed. This spacial discontinuity (we expect him to be in focus, in the middle) naturally forces us to see his development. Talk about character development! Harry, when he becomes happy with the DA, is (surprise, surprise!) seen to be in the middle of the frame, with Ron and Hermione on his side.

    Anyways, there are a lot more Yates did to advance the story. But I really got to go to sleep, and will continue later on. Sorry if this was crazily long and boring. I’ll mention the editing next time, and so much more. I want to talk about Ron’s acting, and Emma getting her character down finally. And…the film’s downfalls…gtg later.

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    I can’t go see it till Saturday. On IGN.com, there is a new HP review and I agree 100%.What do you think? Just click on the word movies at the top of the page and scroll through and you will find it.

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    I agree with the Times:

    “In the early installments, these veterans left the young stars in the dust. The jury’s still out on Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson, as Hermione Granger; but Radcliffe is maturing splendidly. This slickly produced mass-market movie series may be spawning a remarkable young actor. Now 17, Radcliffe stoked a stir early this year when he appeared in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s drama Equus, about Alan Strang, a troubled youth who had blinded some horses. The tabloid press, noting that Radcliffe appeared nude on stage, clucked as if Equus were some obscenely oddball avant-garde work, instead of a Tony Award-winning play that ran for three years in the 70s. In fact, a strange, Strang vibe resonates in Radcliffe’s Harry this time around. He’s more alert to the powers of the natural world, and the deceptions of his own kind. He suspects a magnetic kinship, as well as a titanic enmity, between himself and Voldemort. “What if I’m becoming like him?” he muses, and then confesses, “I feel angry all the time.” The production stills of Radcliffe hint at another relationship: Hamlet. He’s garbed in black, looking pensive and haunted, and holds a magic globe as if it were Yorick’s skull. Harry’s problem isn’t inaction; he’s constantly fighting the perfidy of Voldemort and his stooges. But he is a young man all too aware of the forces roiling against him, and within him. He must face down Voldemort the way other boys confront puberty — as a threat and a thrill that run seismic changes through his body. Precociously wise, Harry also seems prematurely tired, a wizened wizard at 15. And Radcliffe measures up to his character; his bold shadings reveal Harry as both a tortured adolescent and an epic hero ready to do battle. ”

    I can not explain how atonished I am with how well portrayed Harry is in the movie, it’s mazing. Best HP movie ever!

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    I STOPPED A RIOT TODAY!!! Sorry to yell, but I’m quite proud of myself. Here’s the story: I went to the 12:15 show of OotP, and I adored it by the way I was at Universal CityWalk (Los Angeles) so I could see it both in 2D and then in IMAX 3D. When we entered the IMAX theater they announced that there were delays due to technical difficulties (this is at 3 a.m.). The audience went into uproar. I’m not joking. People started getting up and screaming. Already, earlier a guy was arrested for punching a member of the staff (really crazy!). I jumped up and announced that I had Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix trivia, quick quotes, and a crossword puzzle (that I made for the hours of waiting in line). I passed some out, but the crowd still seemed slightly disgruntled, so I asked if they wanted to do the trivia together. And that’s what we all did until the announcer asked for our attention again. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to fix the problem. I heard from someone that the problem was that when the 3D part came on it made her dizzy and nauseous. I left, since I had already seen it in 2D, but the crowd seemed excited and, more importantly, not beligerent anymore. The people in the theater thanked me and one guy gave me a stack of promotional OotP posters. Plus, I got a refund AND a free pass to see it in IMAX whenever I want. All around, an exciting night.

    Now, for how I liked the film. I love David Yates. I was so happy he was directing the film when I first heard b/c I loved his film “The Girl in the Cafe”. Bringing in people he had worked with before for the cinematography and score was brilliant. The trio really impressed me for the first time, especially Dan. I could go on and on and on about what I loved: the actors’ (young and old) amazing performances, the essential scenes were there, the heart was there, the key, political message/theme, outstanding visuals (cinematography, effects, set design), inspiring music, and so much more. Luna was a joy, and the Staunton pulled Umbridge off so well I found my hands reaching in the air to choke her. Of course I knew she had done well from the reviews I had read, but I really had no idea. With the audience, I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I can’t wait to see the film again, 2, 3, 4, 5 more times (it IS the fifth film). What a night!

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    I saw the midnight showing last night, and I must say that I was not impressed. OOP is my favorite HP book, but I thought the movie was very scattered and left a lot of important things out. My mistake may have been re-reading the book last week, to get myself ready for the movie.

    I thought the acting was wonderful and the CG was wonderful as well. But as for the story line, it seemed like it jumped around too much for me. Among many scenes, I was most disappointed when Hagrid said to Harry that he was sent to party with the giants. I seriously wanted to walk out of the theater!!

    There were so many inaccuracies according to the book, it was just too much for me. I loved the trailers and everything that I had heard and seen about the movie, but I did not like it. I really wish I would have, i love the whole HP series and this movie was a great disappointment to me.

    I would suggest that if you haven’t seen it, to absolutely do so. i will be purchasing the DVD when it comes out, becuase it is HP. However, if you are looking for the movie to follow along with the book, you may be disappointed. I know that not everything can be included in the movie, but the stuff that is in the movie should at least be correct!!!!!

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    I just saw a midnight screening, and i’ve got to say that i was disappointed. I know the movies can’t have everything, but i think they’re really messing up the story. I shudder to think of all the people who are going to see this who haven’t read the books. How do they have any idea what’s going on???

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    By far, the best movie yet! It had the right feel, the dialog was taken almost entirely from the book and they kept in all the small little things that really make the fans happy.

    The sets were awesome and the acting was at its best yet! Michael Gambon(sp?) played an awesome Dumbledore. Luna was just perfect! Rupert was probably the best though. And he actually got quite some time in this one! So did Neville. Neville and Luna actually got more screen time then they did in the book. Gary Oldman had me sad the whole time and I don’t even like Sirius. Everybody was just so awesome! (Emma was the only one who hasn’t seemed to improved from the last movie)

    But I am defiantly glad that Yates is going to do the next one! Hands down, this is the best one yet! Its everything Ive always wanted a Harry Potter movie to be! And theres so much comedy and a lot of Ron/Hermione and Luna/Neville for all you shippers out there.

    Very well done! Defiantly worth getting there at 9! Honestly, there were people strolling in at 11:30…what were they thinking?!

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    Saw the midnite showing and was disappointed, didn’t even stay through the credits, as is my habit….just left, thoroughly disgusted. This is not true to the book in any way, shape or form. Characters are portrayed all wrong. Luna’s character was not mystical, she was a deadpan poker face reciting words, so many parts of the book were miscontrued or played out by the wrong character, with the original character missing. The main actors seemed to lose their feel for their own acting from the previous movies. Scenes were in the wrong places with the wrong characters. I’m not looking forward to another Yates film. I can’t believe that JKR signed off on this portrayal of her book, when it’s 99% WRONG. It’s just my opinion, I’m not trying to offend anyone, I’m really really really feeling letdown after seeing this movie. Maybe it’s the impending doom of the last book toying with me, along with the disappointment of this movie…idunno. As a diehard fan I feel like the movie is making a joke of the book.

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    Can’t wait to see this film. It’s going to rock. I’m going to see it on Saturday.

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    It has now been about 8 hours since the credits rolled in the theater where I saw it at midnight, and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT AGAIN!!! It’s by far the best adaptation to date.

    I’m not going to go into an in-depth review here (I’ll save it for the forums), but it boils down to this:

    1 – The cast is perfection 2 – Goldenberg is my hero 3 – Yates is a GOD-SEND

    PS – Just a personal side-note – the Ron we love from the books has finally arrived!!!!!!

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    wow, it seems a real love it or loathe it film! The thing I’m clinging to is that the vast majority in Leaky Lounge boards, and on Rottentomatoes (the public) think it’s excellent with just a few disappointed. I really hope I’m in the first camp. :o/

    Maybe we should all go expecting it to be c rap? Just over a day to go and it’s really draggggging!

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    SOME SPOILERS AHEAD:

    Alright, I will admit that things have been changed around (like Neville finding the room) but honestly, at this point if your still ragging about the movies not be 100% exactly like the book, you’ll never enjoy any of these movies. Things need to be changed to make the movie work. I like that Neville found the room.

    I feel bad for the people who sat there and were angry just because it didnt match the book entirely. It was a very good movie. And I think it was the best adaptation yet.

    Yates even bothered to throw Percy in the background…who he could have easily left out. And might I add that Chris Rankin actually looking remotely Percy like for once…granted it was kind of mobster Percy but he didnt have an afro. :) And its things like that that tell me that the director had a great respect for the book and it really shinned through. Who cares if there was no hospital scene and Ron stole Ginny’s bat bogey hex? The point is that the movie got the characters and the feel and the lessons JUST RIGHT! No matter how they bended the scenes.

    Though unfortunately, I dont think young Lily was even in it. The memory scene was very very short but well done in the way it was. However, it seems that it was only left in there for the fans as it didnt really do anything for the movie.

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    Harsh…but I think this will be the best hp film yet!!!! I can’t wait until this afternoon when I hopefully will get to see it…I am going to cry so hard when Sirius falls through the veil…:( I still can’t wait!!! :D

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    SPOILERS!

    This was the best harry potter movie yet. It was perfect. The only bad things were that the Department of Mysteries wasn’t really explained (sp), the prophecy was cut short, and Kretcher (sp again) had about 15 seconds on screen. At least he was there. Everything else was absolutley perfect. Grawp was wonderful! Ron/Hermoine, here we come! Helena was a wonderful Bellatrix, Imelda was a wonderful Umbridge, and of course the three heroes (now the six!) were perfect. It was everybody’s best performence yet. The fight at the end was so cool! They did it so well. The possessing thing at the end was done so well! You could see Voldemort’s eyes in Harry’s eyes. I loved it. I recomend it to anybody and everybody. Dan’s kiss was wonderful!!!! :D Can’t wait to see it again!!! I also can’t wait for Deathly Hallows!! Have I mentioned yet that I love Harry Potter? :D

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    I have loved all of the movies so far, and I think the reason why (despite being a massive fan) is that I don’t over analyise. I read review, but with an unwavering disloyalty to the movies. Yesterday, I watched a clip from the fifth film to get myself all prepared, and it did not disappoint. In my opinion, if you’re a fan, you’re going to love it despite the continual undermining of the movie by reviewers and critics. Besides, half of them aren’t proper fans, and some haven’t even read a page. Anyone else agree?

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    Okay, so after reading so many gushing reviews, i felt compelled to say a few things. First off, i do not think this was a very good film. It did not flow well, the pace was so sporadic that it was hard to follow and never gave the audience a chance to absorb what’s going on. As an audience member, i never once felt that i was on board with the story because there was no chance to get my feet. A film is supposed to, as they say in screenwriting class, “show not tell.” And this movie did nothing but tell. That being said, i think it was quite a bit better than GoF.

    I am also concerned about some of the things that were left out of the film or changed. Of course i understand that not everything from the books will make it into the film, but certain things have to be set up for the next movies that weren’t. For instance, never in the entire movie do they mention that Snape is working as a double agent, which is immensely important to the plot of the next film and the over all story. Also, having Umbridge blast her way into the room of requirement will make Harry’s struggles to get into it in HBP unrealistic. Why can’t he simply blast his way in like umbridge? I find that it has been quite a big problem with the HP films that none of the directors/screenwriters seem to care much about setting things up for the movies to come. I feel that this has and will lead to the films getting more complicated and unitellgible to those that haven’t read the books a millions times like all of us.

    Also, I am still very upset that Richard Harris had to go and die. Michael Gambon, while a great actor, is not Dumbledore. I admit, he was a lot better in this one than in GoF, but he still wasn’t right (like after umbridge sacked trelawney and Dumbledore shouts at the students, “Don’t you have studying to do?” That is completely out of character).

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    That second review from the Times was much more positive. Rock on!!

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    roz i have to agree with you. If i hadn’t read the book i don’t think i would have had a clue what was going on in the first half at least. The first half was very Choppy/jumpy(for the lack of a better words)some of this may have been the cinemas fault don’t know for sure. i could rant forever but i would spoil it for those who have not scence it. I did however enjoy the scence in the common room after harrys kiss. and the atmosphere in the cinema was excellent, clapping, wistling, and loads of laughing.

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    oh and they went way over the top with the Ron and Hermy flurting with one another. too much too soon. oh acting has improved but nobody is in it for more than a second.

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    seen not scence and whistle not wistle. I got carried away. its very late here.

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    ‘Michael Gambon (...) was a lot better in this one than in GoF, but he still wasn’t right (like after umbridge sacked trelawney and Dumbledore shouts at the students, “Don’t you have studying to do?” That is completely out of character).’ Posted by michael on July 12, 2007 @ 08:02 AM

    But it paves the way for the “Vulnerable Dumbledore” of Book 6. In Book 5, the same was done in the long office scene near the end; in the film, Gambon’s eyes and outburst just did it in a more film-friendly way (= in less time).

    I think Sirius’ slip of tongue when Harry joined him in battle was a similar “cinematic” condensation of something that in the book took lots of pages. In the book, Sirius’s juvenile admiration of recklessness, among other things, hinted that there could be no happily-ever-after for Harry and his godfather. Because no matter how much S. cares for H., he is after all a damaged man. Had these two set up house together, Harry might have ended up Sirius’ nurse… Could be that a hero’s death was the least painful end to their story.

    But oh how I hope that they will use the DVD version to show us more of some seemingly beautiful scenes that were over in seconds. They had great actors for the youngsters of the memory scene, I’d very much like to see more of them. And I’d like to have a proper look at the DA Patroni; that, too, was over too soon.

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