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OotP - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 12:25 am
OotP

I have just returned from my first viewing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


I thought it was wonderful--the best yet. I was amazed how true to the book it was, not just because it pulled a lot of dialogue and images precisely from the book (Umbridge's horrible kittens are pretty much EXACTLY how I've always pictured them in my head), but also because it really captured the heart and soul of the story. Also, Imelda Staunton is nothing short of amazing. She was creepy and funny all at the same time.

My only complaints are:

1) It felt a bit rushed. I think there were a couple of places they might have been able to slow down just a tad more. At just over two hours, it wouldn't have hurt the film to have had a few extra minutes. But really, I was extremely impressed with what clever ways they devised to condense the story--certain decisions about changing the order of events worked really well.

2) Not enough Ginny. But that was to be expected. And really, the film has very sparse appearances by many of the great supporting characters, so it's not like she's the only one who didn't get her due. I have full confidence, however, that the filmmakers do understand her importance, and that she will get her chance to really shine in HBP as she should. There were certain...hints.




For the old-school snarx crowd:


Pay close attention to the behavior of Bellatrix Lestrange right before she is released from Azkaban. It...might remind you of someone. ;)

Joie

Current Mood: pleased pleased

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major_dallas
major_dallas
Nate the Great
Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)

I agree for the most part, definately the best and I can understand the want for more Ginny and a slowing down at some points, but the movie was always going to be long because of the sheer size of the book and Yates has already said there will be an extended version DVD, so I'mm treating OOTP like the LOTR films in that respect.

Did you catch the spell that did in Sirius? i'm going to comment on that in my LJ :D


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firoza
firoza
Firoza
Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)

I just got back and I agree with you re: the best one yet!

I wasn't expecting too much Ginny, but her few moments were good nonetheless.

What I was most impressed was Daniel's acting - quite an improvement, although in GoF he was getting better. That Voldie possesion scene was excellent!

And Ron was canon Ron! No weird faces. Plus, Emma's eyebrows were tamed :p.


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kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)

I am glad you enjoyed it! My favorite part was when Harry first saw Umbridge's office. I agree with you how well done that part was done.


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heavenscribe
heavenscribe
heavenscribe
Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

I can't say this one was my favorite. I just missed some of the moments that usually happen-the slowed down wizard world moments-like the boys sitting around eating candy in the dorm or the Weasley house. *sigh* I just want to vacation at the Burrough.


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