Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

While technically the best of the Potter movies so far, this felt like an emotional vacuum. The characters were not engaging, realistic or sympathetic. Everyone felt like a caricature, and particularly one dimensional ones at that. Feeling a little betwixt and between, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can’t decide whether it is a kids’ movie or an adults’ movie. I’ve always felt that Harry Potter was a sort of poor person’s Chronicles of Narnia – and this movie confirms it. There is no unifying concern or theme, nor do I feel like there is anything substantial under the surface to keep one’s attention. Am I disappointed in this movie? No – because my expectations weren’t high to start with. Could they have made more of it? Probably.

Rating: 2.5/5

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~ by Doug Newdick on March 2, 2008.

One Response to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

  1. It is a continuing story. You really need to have read the books to fully understand what’s going on, they left out most of the story in this one and it could have been done better but the film would have been about six hours long. I think the Harry Potter story is better than the Narnia ones as adults love them as well.

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