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Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Daniel Radcliffe …  Harry Potter
Emma Watson …  Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint …  Ron Weasley
Ralph Fiennes …  Lord Voldemort
Natalia Tena …  Nymphadora Tonks
Brendan Gleeson …  Alastor ‘Mad-­Eye’ Moody
Gary Oldman …  Sirius Black
Mark Williams …  Arthur Weasley
David Thewlis …  Remus Lupin
Maggie Smith …  Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters …  Molly Weasley
Timothy Bateson …  Kreacher
James Phelps …  Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps …  George Weasley
Bonnie Wright …  Ginny Weasley
Robert Hardy …  Cornelius Fudge
Jason Isaacs …  Lucius Malfoy
Chris Rankin …  Percy Weasley
Michael Gambon …  Albus Dumbledore
Imelda Staunton …  Dolores Umbridge
Alan Rickman …  Severus Snape
Emma Thompson …  Sybil Trelawney

Synopsis from IMDb: As another year begins for Harry, at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry so does the never-ending articles stating that he and Dumbledore are insane. As the ministry starts to invent new and malicious lies about Harry’s account on Voldemort’s return, Hogwarts begins to change for the worse as the ministry sends in their cure for all the insanity, Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge. As she begins to inflict her rules and regulations on the students at Hogwarts they begin to find that with her as their teacher, they’ll never be ready for the outside world. So Harry along with his friends decides to take things into their own hands and begin to learn magic the real way. As Harry starts having visions of terrible events happening with the Ministries very walls he decides to take action, leading himself and his friends into battle, ultimately teaching them what friendship, loyalty and sacrifice really means

VS – 1.8 pointed ears
Last movie, Ron was acting out of character.  This movie Ron and Hermione stand up for Harry against all.  Harry is pushing away everyone close to him.  At least a reason for this behavior is given on screen and has been established before.   Even though, according to my children, much was missing from the novel I didn’t feel that was anything missing.  Daniel Radcliffe is showing some maturity as an actor.  I only hope that he isn’t typecast by this series of films.

My only complaint with this film is that it is marketed as a children’s movie.  This is a VERY dark movie the only reason that it could even be remotely called a children’s movie is because the series which it is part of  is considered children’s literature.  Had this movie been produced as a stand alone, I’m not sure I would’ve taken my youngest to see it.

Mrs. VS – 1 pointed ear.
I haven’t sat down and watched this movie with my family.  The few scenes that I have seen can be pretty scary for younger impressionable viewers.

PIT #1 – 1.25 pointed ears.
This was the Reader’s Digest filmed version of the novel.  Harry Potter for Dummies would’ve made a better movie.  The script left wa-a-y too much of the novel out of the movie.  Even in scenes that were filmed the producers changed what was written.  Delores Umbridge was not even shown the way she was described in the novel.

PIT #2 – 1.7 pointed ears.
I don’t agree with Dad.  There were plenty of places that needed more explanation.  This movie could’ve used another 45 minutes.

PIT #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
The kissing scene could’ve been cut to make room for more action.  I’m very upset over the death of Sirius Black.

7.55 pointed ears out of 10.

This movie definitely suffers from to-be-continueditis.  I will state that having seen all five movies in nearly marathon sitting, there is definitely an over all arc to the story.  If you own other four movies you probably own this one as well.  If you’re contemplating buying the series in preparation for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then yes you’ll need to see the first five movies for the sixth to make sense.

February 28, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I need the game code for this game

    Comment by philippa | September 14, 2010

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