OOTP: The movie

I’m not a movie reviewer… I don’t have the vocabulary, or the discriminatory taste it takes. In other words, I like pretty much everything. I usually leave the detailed reviews to Hubby. 🙂 That said, I really liked Order of the Phoenix. No, it wasn’t perfect, but the good outweighed the not-so-good, and it turned out to be a good, tight, fun movie. And besides, it’s Harry Potter week, and I thought it might be fun to celebrate with a Harry Potter post a day. We’ll see if I can do it.

On to the movie…

The good: Luna was perfect. Just how I imagined her. Yeah, they could have done more with her, but I liked what they did do. The D.A. was excellent, too. Some of the best sequences of the movie. They managed Harry’s anger quite well — it came across loud and clear without being oppressing, which I often felt it was in the book. They slimmed and trimmed down the plot without doing much damage to the essentials, and kept most of the good stuff in. Fred and George went out with a bang, though I missed “Give her hell for us, Peeves!” Which leads me to Umbridge: she was perfect. Suitably prim and horrifying. Maybe not quite horrifying enough, but it worked. And while I missed the final moments with Dumbledore, the ending worked well enough for me.

The bad: Snape. They didn’t learn! This man is important, people, and they’re still not giving him his due. Sure, he had the Occlumency classes with Harry, but they weren’t intense enough. And, yeah, while they managed to get the pensive scene in (good for them), they missed out on a lot that they could have done to build up to Half-Blood Prince. I’m not sure how Snape is going to work in the next movie, or if it’ll even be remotely believable. Lupin also falls in the “they didn’t get enough to do” category: he was vastly underused, too.

The ministry fight — eh. Not bloody enough. Bellatrix wasn’t given enough to do (Helena Bonham Carter played her as deranged rather than really angry, which is what I thought she was), and I really wanted to see her grovel before Voldemort. Speaking of him, the final battle with Dumbledore was okay, and I liked how they portrayed his possession of Harry. Missed Dumbledore’s assessment of Voldemort: “You are quite wrong,” said Dumbledore…”Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.”

And, Kreacher was there, but just lurking in the background. I’m curious to know what role he’s going to play in Deathly Hallows.

Still, I thought it was a good movie. Funny, too, now that I think about it. Lots of wonderful, choice little moments.

What did you think?

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5 thoughts on “OOTP: The movie

  1. I agree. There are of course, things left out and toyed with, but that’s how adaptation goes. Unless A&E wants to do a miniseries, there’s no way to get everything into a movie. I’m not a purist when it comes to adaptation, and I think they did a great job of getting the main theme of the book into the movie. I thought it was the best so far.

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  2. I saw it yesterday and LOVED it. It’s funny that my very least favorite book of the series is now my favorite of the films. Go figure! After the crappiness of Goblet of Fire (in my opinion) it’s a welcome improvement.I loved Luna, but I was disappointed that they omitted the conversation between Harry and Luna about the voices behind the veil. I think that would’ve driven the issue of the veil home a lot more.Definitely agree that Snape, Lupin (and I would add Tonks) were underused.I loved the D.A. sequences as well, and I was relatively pleased with the final showdown. It seemed to end a bit abruptly, but it was pretty spectacular in the meantime.Love Helena Bonham Carter. I think she probably does crazy even better than angry. It also helps that I haven’t read the book in a few years. I’ve forgotten some of the finer details that would probably get on my nerves. lol

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  3. I haven’t made it, yet, but tomorrow might be the day for Harry Potter. I was worried, at first, but I’m seeing more comments by people who enjoyed it. Snape is great. Sorry to hear he doesn’t get enough air time.

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