17 July 2007

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I liked it. It was a good flick, and unlike the other Harry Potter movies, it moved along at a nice pace. Jim liked it, and he's never read the books (loser - he doesn't read books period), so that's gotta mean something.

Of course there were 12 year olds and grownups alike discussing afterwards how the book is so much better and things didn't happen in the movie like they did in the book and such. Sure, the director could have stuck strictly to every plot line in the entire tome, but we'd be watching it for 3 days instead of a little over 2 hours. I think he did an excellent job editing and directing - some plot lines were totally chopped out as to be expected, and that also means that somethings in the plots that stay have to be changed to work better with the flow of the story. I think the director did an excellent job in keeping the spirit of the other Harry Potter films, and still gave it some things of his own. Even some things that weren't in the book seemed to be good additions to the film in that they added depth to characters and gave the viewer subtle clues into the deeper meanings without having to explore them through long conversations with Harry and Sirius, or Harry, Ron, and Hermione, etc. Casting, as usually, was fantastic. Imelda Staunton was the funniest personification of pure evil imaginable, I can only hope that she is what J.K. Rowling had in mind when writing the character of Umbridge, beacuse it was a spot on perfect performance.

Overall, a fun evening out. Because we got treats since this was a work event for Jim, we went a little nuts and I had a "medium" diet Coke. More like one of those super jumbo cups you get at the mini-mart soda fountain. All that to say I had to get up to pee about 4 times last night, after not being able to fall asleep because I was so jacked up on caffeine. Still, it was worth it. Hopefully we'll get back to the movies again before another year passes.

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