Posted on 07/07/11 03:56 PM | Last edited on 07/07/11 03:56 PM
I've been a fan of the books right before the release of Sorcerer's Stone(the film). I loved the first one, and the sequels kept the solid quality. Not a single Potter movie is bad. They aren't masterpieces, but they are good-to-great films.
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- 75%. I enjoyed this one, however it is a really long movie. The book isn't even that big. Yes it's a close adaptation, but it has too many parts. The thing is, movies have 3 acts, but this had 4. The first two acts are good in patches. The second half brings the movie to the fun level, though. Not bad at all, in fact, I kind of love it, but it needed to be trimmed down 20 minutes.
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- 79%. I really like the final third of the movie, but overall, this movie felt a bit dry. At 138 minutes, it was a bit too short. It didn't need to be as long as Chamber, but 150 minutes would have worked. This is because this had a lot of stuff that could have been explored, unlike Chamber. That's why this film didn't feel satisfying, as it didn't really tell a solid story. OOTP is a really good film with some awesome battles, but it lacked in the story department.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- 80%. This is the film that started it all. Good performances and had a magical feel to it. However, now that I am older, it doesn't really appeal to me as much as the newer movies. Still, if it is on during Christmas or Halloween on ABC or Disney, hell yeah I would still see this!!!
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- 82%,. This is where things get dark. The performances are matured. The action is better and more brutal. The tension is heavier. The final act is a true shocker(in terms of storytelling). It's just that the jokes are pretty childish, and that killed the fact that this could've been a true PG 13 movie. The jokes just proved that HP is still good for kids. Good thing they go away for the final act. The main issue is that it feels choppy. The flow isn't that good. Still, a really nice movie.
3.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- 87%. I love this one. Even though it's PG, it feels PG-13. The performances are great, the direction great, and the script is really strong. Sure, the last battle is cut out and feels anticlimactic, but the storytelling is the winner here.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-90%. Excellent performances, action, thrills, direction, and script. The direction is great. Cuaron is amazing, because even though this was meant to be for families, he didn't leave his creativity. The second half of this film is still thrilling. I just think that it felt a little short.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1- 91%. Magnificent adventure movie. I love the whole "on the run" feel. The leads carry the film very well. The action scenes really tease that the final battle will be even more energetic. It's dark and maybe a little gothic, but whatever, I think this one is the best. I just wish that David Yates didn't try to rip off some LOTR elements.