Posted on 7/20/07 01:25 PM
My favourite of the films thus far has been The Chamber Of Secrets due to it's dark, omnious, storytelling, and amazing special effects but the very beginning of The Order Of The Phoenix made me second guess myself. The movie dives right into to the plot and story with a much faster and more intense pace than the previous films which basically start from scratch with Harry living with his muggle parents, and going off to Hogwarts so i was pleased to see some differance in the order of the storytelling. Right from the get go Harry Potter is full of haunting surprises and fast paced action that definatly gets you ready and interested for what is to follow.
The movie wastes no time dragging out certain scenes we no longer have to sit through another fifteen minute feast in which Dumbledore announces the new staff, director David Yates manages to get that out of the way within five minutes and gets right back in to developig this story and not finishing the last one off. Order Of The Phoenix is less focused on Hogwarts and fantasy like mysticism and more focused on the dark rise of Voldemort so we have no quidditch, or magic classes, a lot of the childish fantasy like feel has disappeared as were left with a darker more adult tone which i feel is good since the previous four were very focused on the magic of Hogwarts.
The storyline is very intense and very fast paced with a lot of anger in the performances everyone is passionate an serious there is very little comic relief. The cinematography is a lot darker and very blue in terms of colour temperature and the special effects are great except for the very noticeable CGI in many parts. The films problem is it focuses too much on the intensity and the dramatic build up to a very unsatisfactory climax that leaves wanting much much more. The action while very well made visually is lacking in length and Sirious Black is in the film very little making his death seem much more unimportant than it is supposed to be. The storyline gets lost amongst the intensity of the actors because according to this movie the only significant storyline is that Voldemort is rising and the wizards must secretly prepare for war against the ministry of magics will but i'm sure there is a lot more to it than that.
Overall Order Of The Phoenix has very little significance to the overall story, and builds up an unsatisfactory ending. However it is watchable for the great performances, lack of drag on scenes, darker undertones, and fantastic special effects.