138 Min. | Adventure – Family – Fantasy | July 2007
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: David Yates
Staring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review: For the avid Harry Potter reader the whole suspense leading up to Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix can be summed up in the word “how”. How are they going to translate a nearly 900 page book to the screen, how are they going to tie together a storyline that in the 5th book breaks into dozens of streams like a mighty river coming to its delta. This seemingly impossible task is well accomplished by astute summation of plot and concentration of action. Also, the heart and soul of the book, i.e. the thematic spirit of the story and Rowling’s shining gift for characterization are given the fullest support in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix more so than in any previous Harry Potter movie.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix basically involves Harry being persecuted by the government for telling a truth they refuse to believe all while dealing with the same feelings of teen angst and emerging love that any ordinary teen finds stressful and consuming. Only through the love and dedication of family and especially friends does Harry come across the means to fight back against the government, elude his enemies and make some sense of his emotional turmoil. Most reader’s will come out of the theater saying “I wish they had shown this or that.” However, all will leave satisfied that they have been treated to a faithful rendering brilliantly acted and directed. All the Harry Potter movies are a “good watch” but in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ one we get a great movie.
We have the advantage of going to our Harry Potter movies with a non-reader and she was, to say the least, blown away and pronounced it a near classic. In ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, the acting is best ever. The three principles push themselves to a new level. The only Harry Potter that actually caused to get teary so heartfelt are the portrayals of friendship and family. See the film knowing that unless you want a 10hour movie some things are going to have to go. Leave having enjoyed a film that takes the beans and water and instead of a nice large coffee treats one to a perfectly concentrated, most artfully brewed and extremely tasty espresso. It has been said before but truth is truth, best yet!