Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

800 some-odd pages in just 2 1/2 hours?  If you thought that Goblet of Fire was seriously truncated, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  (Or probably, if you’re reading my blogs, you have.)

Overall, I thought the movie was satisfying.  It really was pared down to the bare essentials of the plot, though, and the first … 45 minutes?  hour?  felt really REALLY slow and emotionally flat.  When Harry blows up at R&H after arriving at Grimmauld Place and the twins pop down because they heard him yelling?  His voice was hardly raised!!!  I just wasn’t that thrilled with how Dan carried of AngstyHarry, frankly.  The whole thing picked up as the DA got rolling, though, and Imelda Staunton was simply PERFECT as Umbridge.  She had me in stitches from the first “hem hem” until the centaurs dragged her away.

I wasn’t happy that they made Cho into the traitor to the DA because I LIKE Cho, and probably this means that Katie Leung won’t be in either of the last 2 movies.  (*checks IMDB* Nope, doesn’t look like it.)

I really think this one is suffering from coming out SO CLOSE to the release of Deathly Hallows – because all we’ve done is look for clues to what’s going to happen in the book after watching the movie.  We sure as hell were.

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