Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A Muggle's Review
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was PHENOMENAL!!!!!! The new screen writer, Michael Goldenberg, did a fantastic job on adapting a 800+ page book to a 2 1/2 hour movie. I was very nervous that it would be choppy like the last movie, but it flowed beautifully. They did a wonderful job covering a bunch of details by delivering them visually. The soundtrack was subtle and let the story shine through. The kids are constantly improving in their acting abilities. The adults were great as usual.
Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, was better than Goblet of Fire. I really liked the overall feel and look of the movie. I think I just like David Yates as the director. I'm so excited that he will be directing the Half-Blood Prince as well.
Imelda Staunton did a spot on performance of Doloris Umbridge. She was just as I imagined. They even included her obnoxious little kittens in her office! Although she didn't "hem, hem" as much as I would have liked, I was still able to hate her as much as I did in the book.
One thing that I was disappointed on was the lack of screaming. Harry is very angry in the fifth book, but in the movie Daniel Radcliffe played Harry a more quite angry than shouting angry. It definitely could have used more shouting matches. Oh well. I guess we can't have it all.
Order of the Phoenix is probably my favorite book of the series so far, and now my favorite movie of the series as well. I am thrilled that they were able to do an outstanding job on the movie. Two thumb WAY up from this gal!
Posted by Nicole