Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The first thing I have to say about this film was that I was never going to like it. I didn’t really enjoy the book as I didn’t feel there was any real progression to the story and the ending was a little anticlimactic.

My overall impression is that the film needed to slow right down.

The book was very long, but so was The Goblet of Fire and I enjoyed that adaptation. All the important scenes were just crammed in and it felt very choppy. There was no time for any of the scenes to develop and many of the characters were barely in it – I am particularly talking of Bellatrix, Cho and Tonks here.

I was very impressed by Imelda Staunton’s portrayal of Delores Umbridge and the scenes featuring her were excellent. I cannot say the same, however, of Richard Gambon. I always see Dumbledore as a man who is calm at all times but Gambon seems to be portraying him a little erraticley now.

It goes without saying that every scene from an 800-page book wouldn’t make it into a two-and-a-half hour film, but why not make it longer I say? Overall, these films have a great ability to hold my attention for the entire movie, but I did leave the cinema a little disappointed.

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