Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews
Rumor has it that the dreaded Lord Voldemort has returned, but Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy) isn't so sure what to make of all the hearsay currently floating around the campus of Hogwarts. Suspecting that Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) may be fueling the rumors regarding Voldemort's return in order to undermine his authority and lay claim to his job, Fudge entrusts newly arrived Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) with the task of tracking Dumbledore and keeping a protective watch over the nervous student body.
After the events of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry is emotionally scarred and terrified. When this film starts, you see the psychological impact that it's taken on him ever since he had the run in with Lord Voldemort. I really like that because it's the first time we're seeing the mental damage that Voldemort has on our main characters. Seeing someone die for the first time is a pretty big deal and they make that a good emphasis in this film. It makes for a deeper and more emotional story as a result.
Although I thought the main antagonist (Umbridge) was so annoying to the point that it pained me, I still thoroughly enjoyed the symbolism between the ministry and the school. It brought me to think about how similar that can be to our modern day education and government systems, which was really interesting. It made for a very unique aspect, and it kept upon the underlying theme that all the Harry Potter films have dealt with. In some shape or form, the films have addressed diversity problems, ranks, niches, social statuses, blood, and more. It just continually builds a world where you can see and relate to similar problems that our own world goes through.
The film is extremely entertaining and even more action filled than we're used to. However, I want to focus on the ending. I think the ending was extremely important because it really signified the fact that a war is coming. It showed our characters in fear, leaving us as an audience in fear as well. We got to see battles, standoffs, and some pretty big fights go down. It's really the first time we've seen wizards / witches battle each other, and it made for some really intense moments. It was filled with more than a few chilling moments, and I had goosebumps all throughout the final act. I can definitely say this film got my emotions running.
In the end, the fifth installment was a solid one, filled with many positives and improvements.