Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Order of the Phoenix

I am beat (although I got more sleep than expected, almost 3 1/2 hours), so here's my quick review before I go into work:

I really enjoyed it. Bear in mind two things: I have not read the book (any of them, for that matter), and I have really liked all of the four earlier movies (Chamber of Secrets probably being my least favorite of the four). That said, I'm not sure I'd say Order is my favorite, but it's right up there with Goblet of Fire. It was longer than 2 hours, but it was so crammed with story and action that not a moment seemed superfluous or edit-worthy. The time flew by. I laughed, I cried (almost).

Take this for what it is, the tired musings of a fangirl: I thought it was great. HP fans, go see it.

Edited to add: I agree with this review by the Post's Desson Thomson. If you see the movie, let me know in the comments whether you, too, were interpreting some visuals as a nod to a certain film starring John Hurt.


Blogger ccw said...

I have read all the books but I have seen one of the movies. It was a really good movie so I think I should rent them all to watch.

The books are like crack; once you start it is near impossible to quit.

8:25 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Lex said...

Prepping for the July double-barreled Potter blast, I re-read all six books (just finished the sixth last week). Once, when the kids were in day care and the phenomenon wasn't yet what it would become, I could ditch work and catch the opening show. No more, sadly. But we've got 2 copies of the new book coming because neither Ann nor I want to wait for the other to finish reading it.

And, yes, ccw, they are like crack, only with, well, more bathing and less prostitution.

11:15 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Glad to see your review! And the positive one in the Post. Ebert had an odd take on it, "what happened to the innocence of the earlier movies," etc., which presupposes the series as something that doesn't change in tone. Glad that you, as someone who like Ebert hasn't read the books, didn't feel that way.

This was my least favorite of the books on first reading, because of Harry's (understandable) teenage anger / hostility. But I quite liked it on a re-read. And I'm so looking forward to seeing the D.A. (tickets for Friday, bay-bee!)

11:18 AM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

I have read every book so far and seen every movie so far. I recommend that you buy all the books and read them serially. I am planning to do that after I finish the newest one.

I read that this movie is very dark, both in storyline and the appearance of it. Still, I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the review.

3:35 PM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

I've read all the books multiple times, and seen all the movies. The movies are never as good as the books, but still worhtwhile (all imho).

The Kid and I saw HP5 tonight and I thought it was realy well done. The Kid was more critical, but he enjoyed it too.

Umbridge was really well cast and brilliant, as was Luna.

10:55 PM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Mrs. Coulter said...

OK, is it just me, or is Rupert Grint turning into quite the little hottie? I can't wait to see it!

9:48 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Scrivener said...

"a certain film starring John Hurt"? It doesn't remind you of The Elephant Man, does it? I haven't seen the movie yet, but that would be odd.

11:46 AM, July 12, 2007  
Anonymous nsah said...

When do the Cliff's Notes come out?

3:11 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Scrivener said...

Oh! 1984! Yeah, that makes a lot more sense. ;)

I don't think I've seen that movie in about 15 years, but yeah I think you're right--the shots of the loudspeakers sprouting out all over Hogwarts, for example. It was hard to miss some of the 1984-ish social commentary.

7:44 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Quinn said...

Definite 1984 moments... the large posters of Fudge especially. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought Umbridge was terrific ( OMG! Kittens!)

And Mrs. Coulter? I think it's Daniel Radcliffe that's turning into a little hottie. (Or must I wait two more weeks until he turns 18 to say that else be branded slightly pervy?) My amiga agreed, noting "He's turning into a right sexy wee bastard!"

5:13 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Dear God, Quinn, now I'm going to have So I Married An Axe Murderer quotes running through my head all night.

8:39 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger liz said...

APL, do you want to borrow the first one?

10:43 PM, July 19, 2007  

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