Okay, I’m kind of embarassed to admit this, but I played “hookey” from work today and went to see the new Harry Potter movie. I had a professional seminar at a hotel downtown and after it was over, I didn’t want to have to go all the way back to my office before coming up to the U for class. I had a couple of hours and the thought struck me: “Why don’t I see when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is playing next.” The next thing I knew, I was buying a ticket to it on the cool computer kiosks at the Megaplex theaters at the Gateway. Am I glad I did it? Oh yes! It was incredible. I loved it.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been anticipating the 7th book much more than the 5th movie because it’s new material and the 5th book was my least favorite. (I thought it was a bit too long and Harry was too cranky — having said that I still enjoyed that book very much.) Anyway, the movie was a crisp 2 hours and 18 minutes, and I thouroughly enjoyed every bit of it.
The acting was very good (except for Malfoy, but he’s never been very good, too much of a caricature) and the Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbridge characters were excellent. Umbridge is the woman you love to hate and the actress who played her was fabulous.
My favorite scenes were Fred and George setting off fireworks and ditching school, a very funny scene with Filch trying to catch the “D.A.” entering the Room of Requirements, and the final battle scene at the Ministry of Magic.
I would have liked to have seen more of the actual “Order of the Phoenix” and a few other things that were in the book, but I understand the need to not include everything for the sake of good movie storytelling.
While not perfect, I recommend the movie to Potter-lovers. It met all my expectations and was a real visual treat.
The only bad part was having to admit to my wife afterwards that I’d seen it without her… 🙂