Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (12A)

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Posted: Mon Jul 9 2007

A midsummer release seems inappropriate for ‘Harry 5’, with its intriguing aura of new-term blues, as a hormonally distracted Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), having escaped expulsion by the intervention of dear head Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), trudges back for a fifth year at Hogwarts carrying a burdensome weight on his more muscularly defined shoulders. But just because he’s paranoid, it doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get ’im. Irritable but resolute Harry knows by physical injury that evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is gathering a new army, but his every step to recruit a rival one is dogged by the morons at the Ministry and their appointee as new headmistress, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), a smiling villain in pink-knit twinset who nails up more interdicts than a riled Robespierre.

There’s a new director on board, and if Chris Columbus was enjoyable, Alfonso Cuarón dark, and Mike Newell aware that for all school sagas, familiarity breeds content, new helmsman David Yates is serious, almost grave. He swathes swiftly through JK Rowling’s doorstopper text with martial efficacy, clocking a crisp 138 minutes, the shortest of the series. He certainly keeps the scenes and action moving, but his no-nonsense approach leaves no time for games – please sir, can’t we play just a little Quidditch? – and the excision of scenes of lolling chat in study rooms will disappoint fans of Bunter and Tom Brown worldwide.

On the plus side, Harry gets his first, sweet screen kiss – to the warrior the spoils – from one of the increased quota of ethnic faces, cherubic new girl Cho (Katie Leung). Also, Evanna Lynch brings new, if blenched, blood with her endearing loony, Luna Lovegood; the production design is again an eclectic wonder, from the adumbrated Georgian mustiness of the secret Order of the Phoenix house to the Bazalgette-burnished tiles of the Victorian Ministry ‘Headquarters’ where stacked rows of jurors deliberate like Doges for Harry’s inquisition; and there are some spectacular CGI effects. Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces – but, please, Mr Yates, don’t let these winds of modernity sweep too many beloved cobwebs away! Let’s hope he casts some more old-fashioned spells in part six, ‘The Half-Blood Prince’.

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Max

I thought this film was great, I've watched it several times now and have never got bored watching it again! Yes, obviously it's not as good as the book, but to be honest, how many films have actually lived up to the book? You can't expect them to cram in 766 pages of the book into the film, it's pretty much impossible. It's guaranteed that there will be lots of parts from the book missed out in the film, but you have to accept that. But overall, I think they did a good job with the film and the soundtrack was great, also, there is some awesome fight scenes such as the Department of Mysteries battle and Dumbledore vs. Voldemort. I really enjoyed the film and recommend it to anyone!

Max

I thought this film was great, I've watched it several times now and have never got bored watching it again! Yes, obviously it's not as good as the book, but to be honest, how many films have actually lived up to the book? You can't expect them to cram in 766 pages of the book into the film, it's pretty much impossible. It's guaranteed that there will be lots of parts from the book missed out in the film, but you have to accept that. But overall, I think they did a good job with the film and the soundtrack was great, also, there is some awesome fight scenes such as the Department of Mysteries battle and Dumbledore vs. Voldemort. I really enjoyed the film and recommend it to anyone!

Jonathan

I'm gonna be totally honest - this film was the worst. Extremely bad connection with the characters and I didn't feel the ''magic'' or the ''Harry Potter atmosphere'' in the film. The book was marvellous, but because the shittest director Britain has vere seen directed this it turned out to be a pile of bollocks, The film just felt very empty and and there was not the usual feeling you normally get with the HP franchise. Overall a poor result, and I HOPE the next film will be much better - don't expect anything great though :(

Dec

the 5th film was shit... it was the best and longest book and the worst and one of the shortest films... too much was focused on the effects and the big scenes but the film was terribley done... if yoo read the book you should hate the film, it missed half the book out, didnt even explain alot of things... the parts with the newspapers was obviously just to fill in what they couldnt be bothered to film... over all, a horrible film, i hope the next one will be much better, but since its the worst director so far and he probably doesnt care much about the books, it will ruin it.

Navin

Steer clear of this and any thing Potter that is directed by Yates sorry to say but this film stank to the high heavens

kad

i thought that the book was in any case far better then the film. the whole thing was a bit...........if you don't mind me saying so GAY. oh right i know that the 5th book doesn't have as much magic as the other books (and the fact that the film provides that) but it forms an understanding on the whole story, and quite frankly cutting out half the book wasn't the best move. having said that i enjoyed the film it was great....................

El Prince

It was brilliant, but I didn't cope up with the events. The best scene was the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort.

El Prince

It was brilliant, but I didn't cope up with the events. The best scene was the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort.

loz

Woz Okay =] But rather boring and confusing ;; dident get most of the film and it drags on alot when it could be doing other exciting things but it woz a good film with good special effects

gordon muir

after watching the 4th movie and nearly vomiting i really didnt have much hope for this movie since the book is so much larger than the 4th so i figured there'd be a lot cut out. but then i went to see it, and yes there was a huge amount cut out but there was also a lot that was altered to make perfect sense, and it's a really enjoyable movie as well, i was impressed. i have few complaints, it was a good film adaption that was missing a few things but made up for it, and rupert grint has surely grown into the perfect Ron Weasley, the kiss scene was kinda dull though. i will say this though, someone please fire Emma Watson and Micheal Gambon, she has no acting talent and Gambon cant play the part correctly.

cooldudette x

This film was relly good, but it ended way too quikly :( >:( x They skipped like half the book out but it was probably the best one. x I cant believe thats the last book ever !!!!!!!!! x:( I think she will write another one tho x Cant wait till the next one comes out , itll be ages till it comes out :( x Anywayz anyone who hasent seen it defo go see it . x 9/10***** ending was the only bit that let it down i think and the fact they left half the book out :( xx

cooldudette x

This film was relly good, but it ended way too quikly :( >:( x They skipped like half the book out but it was probably the best one. x I cant believe thats the last book ever !!!!!!!!! x:( I think she will write another one tho x Cant wait till the next one comes out , itll be ages till it comes out :( x Anywayz anyone who hasent seen it defo go see it . x 9/10***** ending was the only bit that let it down i think and the fact they left half the book out :( xx

heather g

One amazing film, could have been better if the line between Harry's dream and the real world was a clear one. Too fully understand the whole storyline it needs to cut out a lot of Harry's dreams, they merge in too easily with reality and makes the story very complex to follow. A very good film though in my opinion!

heather g

One amazing film, could have been better if the line between Harry's dream and the real world was a clear one. Too fully understand the whole storyline it needs to cut out a lot of Harry's dreams, they merge in too easily with reality and makes the story very complex to follow. A very good film though in my opinion!

Gaz Smith

Good film! Not sure how much is understandable without reading the book though. Think there’s a lot missed out of the film but it is always hard to include all the parts of a book without making the film 10hrs long. Good compromise and enjoyable film! Bring on the next one!!!

Gaz Smith

Good film! Not sure how much is understandable without reading the book though. Think there’s a lot missed out of the film but it is always hard to include all the parts of a book without making the film 10hrs long. Good compromise and enjoyable film! Bring on the next one!!!

Hannah

it was such a good film. my favourites are the 2nd and 4th but this was still shot well and was brilliant. I can't believe it only scored 3.

Hannah

it was such a good film. my favourites are the 2nd and 4th but this was still shot well and was brilliant. I can't believe it only scored 3.

harry potter

gr8 film luved it!!!!!!!!! if it was any shorter it wuld miss like half the book out. hermione is wel fit thou... :P

harry potter

gr8 film luved it!!!!!!!!! if it was any shorter it wuld miss like half the book out. hermione is wel fit thou... :P

Erasmus

I agree that the production design maintained excellent standards and enjoyed most of the film. But, it is too long and credibility creaks a little now that they all look too old for the parts that they are playing.

Jojo

Very good fun, but way too long, got a numb bum. Effects and story great.

Laura Jane

This Harry Potter film was one of the best ones at present. It was dead good... and can't wait for the next one to be released. :) Well worth the money, saw it on the day it came out. Want to see it again, but am skint.

Laura Jane

This Harry Potter film was one of the best ones at present. It was dead good... and can't wait for the next one to be released. :) Well worth the money, saw it on the day it came out. Want to see it again, but am skint.

Sam

The best one yet, although the kids all look much older than 14 which I think is how old they're supposed to be! Loved it anyway, going again today!

Sam

The best one yet, although the kids all look much older than 14 which I think is how old they're supposed to be! Loved it anyway, going again today!

fanny fartknocker

The best Harry Potter film so far.Too good for kids in fact as very dark and sinister. My two loved it though! A super film!

fanny fartknocker

The best Harry Potter film so far.Too good for kids in fact as very dark and sinister. My two loved it though! A super film!

Taylor

harry potter was really really really really really really really really good i watched it last week at the cinema's.

Taylor

harry potter was really really really really really really really really good i watched it last week at the cinema's.

taylor

harry potter was really really really really good i watched it lastweek and got 2 free ticket's and today me and my mum and going to watch the bratz movie.

taylor

harry potter was really really really really good i watched it lastweek and got 2 free ticket's and today me and my mum and going to watch the bratz movie.

Sue

Again fantastic, loved the others and loved this one, even though it took us 6 attempts to actually see the film!!

Sue

Again fantastic, loved the others and loved this one, even though it took us 6 attempts to actually see the film!!

Deb

FANTASTIC - GO SEE IT! BUT REMEMBER.....the book is over 700pgs long and the film is only 2hrs. So it is NEVER going to be as good as the book, but it is done brilliantly and is a nice refresher if you cant remember what happened in the book or if you've never read the books before. My sister hasn't read any of the books and only seen some of the films and managed to follow it (and enjoy it). The best thing about the film has to be the person who cast the actress playing "LOONEY" Luna Lovegood - she is FANTASTIC...you couldn't have got closer to JK Rowlings character even if she'd played the character herself. Not too long for the younger kids, and there aren't too many bits without action scenes or magical creatures etc. If you're taking really small kids just be careful they're not too easily crept-out as Ralph Fiennes plays a fantastic baddie, and Helena Bonham carter is a bit too convincing as a nutter..

Deb

FANTASTIC - GO SEE IT! BUT REMEMBER.....the book is over 700pgs long and the film is only 2hrs. So it is NEVER going to be as good as the book, but it is done brilliantly and is a nice refresher if you cant remember what happened in the book or if you've never read the books before. My sister hasn't read any of the books and only seen some of the films and managed to follow it (and enjoy it). The best thing about the film has to be the person who cast the actress playing "LOONEY" Luna Lovegood - she is FANTASTIC...you couldn't have got closer to JK Rowlings character even if she'd played the character herself. Not too long for the younger kids, and there aren't too many bits without action scenes or magical creatures etc. If you're taking really small kids just be careful they're not too easily crept-out as Ralph Fiennes plays a fantastic baddie, and Helena Bonham carter is a bit too convincing as a nutter..

beckye =]

found the film ok, it was probably one of the best films so far. really good acting by daniel radcliffe in the posession scene. i don't like the way they change things in the films though - why wasnt dobby in it again? and why is there no quidditch? thats supposed to be a main part of the story, ron being keeper!!! i dont see how they can do the last 2 films if they cant even include all the important parts in no.5!! how will they do dumbledore's lessons with harry? but it was better than HP4 anyway. and what they DID actually put in it was really good!!

Rhaegan

OMG, It Was So Good. I Love Them All, They Are So Funny (: I Can't Wait To See The Next One... Will Deffo Be Going To See It =D XxoxOox

Rhaegan

OMG, It Was So Good. I Love Them All, They Are So Funny (: I Can't Wait To See The Next One... Will Deffo Be Going To See It =D XxoxOox

AMANDA

Was told this film was dark and not much fun. What a load of rubbish!! It was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I went again two days later with my kids as it wasn't scary at all and they thought it was great to. Lots of action and humour and we look forward to being able to add it to our collection of DVD's. Well do Harry!!!

AMANDA

Was told this film was dark and not much fun. What a load of rubbish!! It was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I went again two days later with my kids as it wasn't scary at all and they thought it was great to. Lots of action and humour and we look forward to being able to add it to our collection of DVD's. Well do Harry!!!

bellatrix

i think this is a great follow up to the goblet of fire, however a lot of detail was missed out from the book which was dissapointing, but i think the film would have been too long otherwise. i think the casting was particularly great in this one. xxxx

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