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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007

With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts...

Release Date:
July 11, 2007
Duration:
138 min
Cast:
Natalia Tena, James Payton, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Mark Williams, Ray Donn, David Bradley, Alan Rickman, Warwick Davis, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Alfie Enoch, Devon Murray, William Melling, Shefali Chowdhury, Afshan Azad, Jamie Waylett, Josh Herdman, Geraldine Somerville, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Bateson, Jason Isaacs, Richard Griffiths, Peter Cartwright, Michael Wildman, Emma Thompson, Robert Pattinson, Richard Cubison, Fiona Shaw, John Atterbury, Nick Thomas-Webster, Robert Hardy, Richard Leaf, Imelda Staunton, Adrian Rawlins, Jessica Hynes, Tony Maudsley, Sian Thomas, Clive Elkington, Rusty Goffe, Brigitte Millar, Sam Beazley, George Harris, Harry Melling, Jason Boyd, Richard Macklin, Kathryn Hunter, Miles Jupp, Jamie Wolpert, Nicholas Blane, Daisy Haggard, Chris Rankin, Katie Leung, Ryan Nelson, Apple Brook, Jim McManus, Nick Shirm, Arben Bajraktaraj, Alec Hopkins, Robbie Jarvis, James Walters, Charles Hughes, James Utechin, Jason Piper, Peter Best, Tav MacDougall, Richard Trinder, Reshad Esmail, Sam Gaukroger, Christopher Rithin, Siobhan Ellen Williams, Natalie Hallam, Tabatha St. Vincent, Neil Findlater, Christopher O'Shea, Sarah Harrison, Paije Richardson, Nick Shrim ...
Genres:
Mystery, Family, Adventure, Fantasy ...
Countries:
UK, USA

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I am re-watching all the Harry Potter movies this month. Ever so grateful they are all in one place! Enjoying this more then I can say. Great series of movies!
What could have been the Empire Strikes Back of the series instead turns out to be Attack of the Clones. You can't miss seeing it, but it's easy to forget once the credits roll. I would have preferred to see Yates ratchet up the darkness while digging deeper into our beloved character's psyche.

It begins to reveal Harry's internal struggles as a troubled adolescent, but never quite gets to the really dark places revealed in the book. Valdemort and his Death Eaters aren't made quite fearful enough to show the true evil they represent. Professor Umbridge was appropriately despicable, but I would have enjoyed seeing less of her cruelty and a bit more of the Centaurs' revenge. Too much time was spent on the politics of the Ministry than the return of Valdemort and the emotional growth of our teen heroes.

(potential *spoilers* follow)

The visual effects were satisfying - especially the smoky particle trails left by just about every magic spell and materializing Death Eater. However, by the end of the film, the magic grew tedious and unimpressive.

As with the Jedi in the Star Wars universe, the magicians in the Order of the Phoenix are implied to be the best of the best. However, as in Star Wars II and III, our director never shows their full potential. The final battle in the Hall of Mysteries failed to show why magic is any better than blasters. It became a blur of explosions and flying bodies where it just didn't matter who was shooting who. Each pair of dueling magicians could have had the excitement of a swashbuckling light saber fight or kung fu battle, but it felt more like a cops and robbers shootout. Finally, Harry's life and death moment, which could have rivaled Luke Skywalker's meeting with his father in the cloud city, instead felt flat and uninspiring.

In what could have been the most critical moment of the story, Harry betrays the trust of his teacher and sneaks a peek into his memories. In the book, this reveals to us a flaw in Harry's character and shows us a darker side to his personality. We see through this flashback that his dad, James Potter, was at times an egotistical bully. A conflicted Harry has the potential to likewise veer off into dangerous waters. This reaches a peak in the final battle with Valdemort, where the book elegantly highlights their connection and delicately suspends the conflict. Analogously, Luke Skywalker faced his destiny in Yoda's cave, culminating in the climax where he resists the persuasion of Darth Vader and the dark side. Unfortunately, on the big screen, Yates fails to do what Kershner did in Empire, neither giving these moments the attention required nor scratching the surface of the emotional suffering Harry is experiencing.

Despite its weaknesses, the Order of the Phoenix is still a must-see for Harry Potter fans. It manages to set the stage for the final two chapters, and also has plenty of entertaining moments.
This is definitely the best in the series so far, the acting has improved (and also the character development). The fight scene at the end was...well...interesting. When the death eaters moved around in that smoke stuff, it took away from the kids power. I remember in the fight scene in the book that those kids hung in with all those death eaters and everyone was so proud of them, there was no smoke floating around, but it's not like it ruined the movie for me. I wouldn't call it "inept editing" as one critic put it, but a really long book, a lot of plot to handle, with very little time. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has the necessary changes and is the most accurate to the potter books.

A must say this, non-fans and people who just haven't read the book will be really confused through most of it, the movie is a filler.

OVERALL 10/10:fresh:
Oh, boy, we got spoilers. If you haven't read the book, you're out of luck here. Seeing the movie? Yes, that would help, but there's little to the movie that isn't in the book, though there is, of course, quite a lot that isn't in the movie that is in the book.

First, let's look at the new cast, all of whom deserve mention.

Imelda Staunton. Now, I quite like Imelda Staunton; I've seen her in any number of other British films, and she's a very talented woman. Unfortunately, they've chosen to make her Mamie Eisenhower-y, and she's clearly supposed to look like a toad in an Alice band. (An Alice band, for those curious, is one of those headbands that Alice wears in the Tenniel illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.) Regardless, Imelda Staunton does a lot with the role she's given, and her Umbridge is delightfully irritating.

Helena Bonham-Carter. Apparently, we get her because Helen McCrory was pregnant. Her gain (a baby's a gain!) is ours as well, because Helena Bonham-Carter is perfect. As the title indicates, and as I said about eighteen times last night, I knew Bellatrix LeStrange would be a cackler. She's lovely; she's supposed to be, for those of you who don't know. It says so in the book. (Really, kids, why wouldn't you read the books?) And she is capricious and cruel. What more do we need?

And finally, newcomer Evanna Lynch. As always, this Harry Potter movie is her first movie period. They have, unfortunately, trimmed the hell out of Luna Lovegood's character. However, what they have left is not, as feared, wacky hijinks. The thing they have left is Luna's subtle wisdom. And Evanna Lynch is more than capable of handling the whole thing. A very talented young actress.

I suppose it was too much to ask to expect them to add in Kenneth Branagh and Miranda Richardson; that's a lot of plot and a lot of celebrities. I still rather wish they had. I want the plot about Neville's parents, and I want the plot about The Quibbler. Ah, well.

However, if I were to change one thing and one thing only about the movie, it would be to explain what the deal is with Percy Weasley. They don't, and it bothers me. We who read the book know that he's had a major falling-out with his parents, but those who only watch the movies don't.

So Sirius. It's not quite right. There's just a pushing beyond the veil; in the book, there is no curse first. They've also left out the desperate hunt to find out if Sirius might become a ghost, alas; it's beautiful, especially how helpful Luna is. Though she is helpful here as well, poor thing.

Blessedly, they left out Harry's date with Cho. I couldn't have handled that, not since Equus. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing Half-Blood Prince, due out in 2008.
This is the best HP movie so far. Very well done!
Right on the level of the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix continues the trend of the Potter films continuing to mature and get darker as they go along. For me anyway, this is what I was waiting for. Some people may miss the young days of Harry Potter but in comparison to where he is now of film, I find the darker and more mature Harry far more entertaining. Radcliffe does his finest acting job yet in Order of the Phoenix as a tortured Harry who is tormented by his very thoughts and dreams. Despite the darker tone of this film, the humor is still present and all the characters are still there good old selves, with Ralph Fiennes once again portraying Voldemort perfectly and getting to say lines that everyone dreams of. I enjoyed this film just as much as I enjoyed Goblet of Fire(my favorite film of the series thus far) and Im glad to hear David Yates will be returning for the next film. I cant wait for the next because if there was one thing wrong with the fifth film it was a lack of my boy Draco. Although I do not read the books, I know from my friends that Draco makes his presence felt in the sixth one. Bring on the Malfoys! Order of the Phoenix is definitely the most mature Potter film to date and the feeling of eerieness I got while watching was well worth the price of admission. Definitely the best of the blockbusters this year.
Order of the Phoenix is great, just like every other Harry Potter movies!!! This movie connects with the book so well!!!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
RT Rating: 75%

A

Movie Synopsis: Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical wor ld and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

My Thoughts: Wow. But more on that later, I have a hilarious day for everyone, well at least for me it was hilarious. So on every summer day I usually wake up at 10, 11.. usually. But today wasnt a usual day, it was Potter baby. So I get up at 6, hell no I went back to sleep for 2 more hours.. woke up, got changed went off to the mall.. Get my tickets for HP at 12:30..at 9 in the morning. Me and Nanc, were sitting in front of the theatre which was closed with a gate around it because its inthe mall, from 9 - 11:20 ish.. So we are like the 2nd ones in line, a group of girls and on guy are infront of us.. so 2 and half hours pass,2 chocolate milks, 1 yogen fruz, 1 BLT, 1 Muffin and an issue of EW later, they open the gates. So we lined up were they open the gates..doesnt the manager, knowingly open the gates on the other end..with 100 people waiting.. So we charged the gate and made our own entrance. Im not a runner, I bike.. so I am kind of fast but I dont run really. But I ran like never before. As did the other 100+ people waiting to see it.. Guys it was pandamoniam..parents dragging their kids, peple pushing, jump.. I jump over line baracades and ran to the ticket collector, gave them my ticket left nanc staggling ran to my theatre like the place was on fire and was the first one there!.. Thats my story. Onto the movie.

I love HP.. you either love or hate this franchise, more so on the love. I adore the 3rd one, one of my favourites and IMO the best of the franchise(dont give my that GOF crap). GoF was good but something stops me from loving it. Anyways, OoTP was what I dreamed of and wanted. The critics biggest complaint seems to be its "dark". Open your eyes, read the books and look how the fims progressed , yes for the life of me its dark. I mean, love Ebert and all but the quote.. What happaned to the magical Potter films? Give me a break. Thats was kids fluff this is raw. OoTP was a dream. Really I have a lot to say but this will be a messy review, bare with. First off the acting. Radcliffe OWNS in this one. The story is mosly on him and his struggle with his inner and outter demons and also, just puberty. Radcliffe brought everything to the table here and he really did his best job in the series. Grint as Ron is great as always but just underused, but he is just the comic relief character, but strangly enough he is more memorable and loveable here then ever, for me at least. He is the best friend. Emma Watson, oh so pretty.. yet over acting in this one. Emma, EMMA, we know you have eyebrows but you dont need to move them every 100 seconds to prove you havent had work done. I kidd, but seriously she acted through her eyebrows, bit much at times. Gary Oldman as Serius was fantastic, loved him even more here. Evana Lynch as Luna, was spot on, pitch perfect casting she was hilarious, psychotic and loveable. BUT the standout is Imedla Staunton, who is pitch perfect as the subtely evil bitch Dolores Umbridge. I hated her character, LOATHED her..which only means she did an incredible job.. Incredible.

The story. The posters had me hooked, the tagline. The Rebilion Begins.. um love it? This film is a very political film of the Hogwarts institue, of taking over the school, good VS bad but thats always been one of the subject matters of this franchise. David Yates the director was cast well and did a really good job in the politics in this film. The rebilion is what I loved about it. I LOVED it, I screamed literally to myself in the last 45 minutes. The whole training in the private rooms, it was seriously love all over agian with this series. I loved the story, I just..its on POA level type love which is high people. 2007 is proviing to be a monster year, cut the dissapointment crap.

The action..AH the action. GOF action was choppy and I didnt love it, here the last 20 minutes made me excited for life, not going to lie. It was so fantasticly done, the F/X are really well done here and the fight is even..believeable. Dumbledore KICKED ass you guys. The last 20 minutes, agian, when the team of young wizards led by Harry, made this film an instant 10..also an instant rewatch for me to go run to theatres agian this week. Side note, also Helena Bonham was great but could have used more screen time I felt. Like Max, honestly this is now becomming rambling and its just.. LOVE..how I will describe the film in one word or less. My only problem but this is just me, I wanted more shots of it as winter, but this wasnt you typical potter film, its more about politcs and even a war kind of and I loved it. Wont dissapoint.

Updated HP Grade List:

POA - A
OoTP - A
GoF - A-
PS - B+
CoS - B