i finally got to see the order of the phonix movie last night, i was beginning to feel like the last person in the world. i had splashed out on gold class tickets though so it was a bit of an ‘event’ i probably have more good than bad to say about the film, but there are deffinately a few cririsms that can be leveled at it.
if you haven’t read the book/seen the film – there will be spoilers in this post…
first the good:
i thought the cinematography, costume and general feel of the film was absolutely knock-out. this was the closest to perfect for me in that respect. the first two were very sweet and certainly had the roaring-fire-in-winter aspect down to a tee but they lacked any real backbone. prisoner of azkaban, while possibly still the best film, was responsible for ushering in the whole hoody tops and trainers thing, which i just hate. i thought order of the phoenix was beautifuly shot – the opening scene in particular was a real surprise to me – and the characters looked the way i thoght they should, especially the trio. i was very pleased with what they had done to emma watsons hair, clipped down or tied back – much more hermione.
i thought that daniel radcliff was markedly better in this film. allthouh i don’t think he is a naturaly gifted actor he is maturing into a pretty decent one.
the two shining performances of the fim for me were imelda staunton as delores umbridge and evanna lynch as luna lovegood. both were absolutley spot on.
i was also very happy the twins still retained their story and were more present than in previous films. the brief return of the dursley’s was great too, and in particular petunias weird-wonderful little outfit.
and the bad?
my primary complaint would be that film felt cramped. admitedly there are very few things that i could suggest to aleviate this other than simply making it longer (it is notoriously the largest book and the shortest film) but, even more than goblet of fire which i felt suffered from the same thing, there were so many important characters who got very little screen time. most notably bellatrix (who was mad as a bag of spiders brilliant when she was there), lucious, ginny (no dialouge at all that i remember) draco (blink and you’ll miss him) and ron who really didn’t do anything of note in this film apart from call someone a ‘tosspot’. i think that’s what you call script adaptation.
conversely i could have lived without the whole pointless grawp non-plot and had some extra screen time for ‘snapes worst memory’, which was pityfully short, or the earlier scenes in the department of mysteries which suffered from lack of exposition and no genuine drama. i didn’t feel that it was this huge life changing, coming of age battle for the kids and i also felt nothing when sirius went through the veil. unlike when cedric diggory died in the last movie, i felt no real emotional attatchment in this film despite the character being far more important.
weirdly i think this was in a way the steadiest, most solid, best made film yet but somehow it’s not my favourite – allthough it is my favourite of the books (so far!) i am interested though to see what david yates makes of ‘half blood prince’ when he has a bit more room to breathe, though i do fear for the battle scenes a little.
on the whole – about 8/10
a tough job pretty well done.