17 July 2007

Review - Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Firstly, I read quite a lot of reviews where the reviewer had mentioned that the movie is dark and disturbing.

I am not aware whether that was meant to be a compliment or a criticism, but I have a question to ask them. It has been three installments since that book was released. The lead characters are no more kids. In fact, they even make out ! That being the case, what is all this lame arguments about being dark and whatsoever ? Silly.

Coming back to the review, this movie, strangely enough, when compared to the previous movies, has nothing in terms of story. It could be possible that the director has made some drastic changes when compared the book and hence, made a lame movie out of it. Since I have not read the book, I cannot compare that scenario.

The plot has been beaten to death in many reviews and I will refrain from writing about it. There is nothing spectacular in terms of visual effects or whatsoever. While the previous movies had some dazzling CGI in form of the Quidditch games, this one does not even have that too. Somehow the idea of Harry teaching the kids to use their magic did not gel well with the overall movie. In fact, except for one or two situations, I did not see the kids using their spells anywhere else.

And the director has glaringly left out many details about the Order of the Phonenix. He tries to give some introduction to it, but inexplicably, there is no mention later on in the movie about it. Some amount of movie time to that aspect might have made the movie a tad more interesting. And what happens to Harry's crush Chang ? Is it a part of the next installment ?

At the end of the movie, you somehow feel the emptiness in the movie. And that is not a good sign !



Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:48 AM


  1. Blogger Balaji posted at Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 9:20:00 PM GMT+5:30  

    i think the novel killed this movie. the fifth book is simply too long (thats what made it a great read though). in trying to remain loyal to die hard fans, the movie has unnecessarily skimmed thru lots of stuff, hence the shallowness.

    also the criticism that the novel was too dark made them go soft on the snake attack scene and voldemort getting inside Harry in the climax. but still that fight between voldy and dumbledore was good, I think.

    Harry teaching Dumbeledore's army is the highlight of the novel. in anycase you get to know that Harry is not just an ordinary wizard at the end of this book.

    oh, Cho Chang is not the one who betrays DA in the novel. in anycase they fall out because Cho things Harry is running a llel track with Hermione.

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