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Review #480 of 365
Movie Review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) [PG-13] 138 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.00
Where Viewed: United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 10 July 2007
Time: 11:59 pm
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DVD Release Date: 11 December 2007 (click date to purchase)
Directed by: David Yates (The Girl in the Café )
Screenplay by: Michael Goldenberg (Peter Pan) based on the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Daniel Radcliffe (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Ralph Fiennes (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Gary Oldman (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Emma Watson (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Rupert Grint (Driving Lessons) • James Phelps (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Oliver Phelps (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Michael Gambon (Amazing Grace) • Imelda Staunton (Freedom Writers) • Jason Isaacs (Friends with Money ) • Matthew Lewis (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Evanna Lynch (debut) • Robbie Coltrane (Alex Rider: Stormbreaker) • Alan Rickman (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) • Maggie Smith (Keeping Mum) • Julie Walters (Driving Lessons) • Tom Felton (HP: Goblet of Fire) • Helena Bonham Carter (Corpse Bride )
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"… nearly twice as dark and half as magical has Goblet of Fire."
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, all three of which received Academy Award® nominations for Best Picture, and all three of which were gigantic smashes at the box office, had running times of 178 minutes, 179 minutes, and 201 minutes respectively. Clearly, one can have brilliant success with movies that approach or even exceed three hours in length. The key is having a brilliantly filmed movie with a captivating story that virtually envelopes you in the experience. True, a six-year old might get antsy. Well, I'm going to go on record of saying there is absolutely no way on this planet I'd recommend the Lord of the Rings Trilogy nor most if any of the Harry Potter films be seen by six year olds. I know that a lot of parents world-wide seem to feel that the Harry Potter series if for little kids. Maybe their imaginations upon reading the books aren't half as scary as the stuff they put on film. But, otherwise, I wouldn't really recommend the books for people under the age of perhaps 13. Regardless, when making a film, the point really should be to make a brilliant film, not to worry about the length. When adapting a book for film, the point should be to adapt it as well as possible and then face what Peter Jackson had to face, editing to around three hours, because studios are still convinced that films over two hours arrive in the cinema with a black spot from the start—not just because they claim we cannot concentrate that long, but also because they cannot cram in as many screenings per day which, of course, is part of the key to their financial success. Of course, he restored huge segments of the originally shot films for DVD release, and no one heard any complaints about the extended versions being simply too long. How can a film be too long? Well, there are films that are 87 minutes that are way too long. A film is too long if the story isn't going anywhere. Not yet having read The Order of the Phoenix because, as a rule, I won't read a book until after seeing the film, I can safely predict however that an 870-page book has lost a lot in translation, and unfortunately, I'm also predicting that this film is the least well-adapted of the series. For the sake of more numerical comparisons here is a data table:
|Chamber of Secrets||256||161|
|Prisoner of Azkaban||448||141|
|Goblet of Fire||734||157|
|Order of the Phoenix||870||138|
When it comes to the core three actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, they are really coming into their own and shining as real stars. It is terribly unfortunate that this screenplay afforded them with so little opportunities to light up the screen or really demonstrate their abilities.
"… Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, they are really coming into their own and shining as real stars."
All in all, sadly, it seems that The Order of the Phoenix is the worst, least enjoyable of the five Harry Potter films thus far. It is a dark film. Some critics may be using that word to avoid having to also face the facts and admit it's also not that good. The darkness has nothing to do with whether the film is good or not.
"…The Order of the Phoenix is the…least enjoyable of the five Harry Potter films thus far."
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Other Projects Featuring Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Daniel Radcliffe • Ralph Fiennes • Gary Oldman
Emma Watson • Rupert Grint • James Phelps
Oliver Phelps • Michael Gambon • Imelda Staunton
Jason Isaacs • Alan Rickman • Evanna Lynch
Michael Goldenberg (screenplay)
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