First of all – I truly love seeing the Harry Potter movies at a midnight showing. You are always surrounded by intense Potter Maniacs who cheer, clap, and yell at the best parts of the movie. Many may hate that – but I find that kind of group mania incredibly comforting. That said – on with my thoughts –
First of all, Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite book. That said, it is the movie I walked away from missing the least in the adaptation. In other words, all of the four previous movies left me feeling sad that certain points from the book were left out of the movie. I understand this is a necessary evil when translating such monstrous novel into 2-hour scripts, but it doesn’t take the pain of losing my favorite parts. Last night, I honestly didn’t truly miss anything. As I thought about it later, there were certain parts I decided I missed, but my first thoughts walking out of the theater? That what was left of the book was perfect.
Also – some of the characters were brilliant embodiments of what I saw in my mind when I read the book. Namely? Dolores Umbridge. She was EXACTLY how I pictured her in my mind. The actress that played her did so with such precision that I almost feel I should thank her. Also – what little time Bellatrix LeStrange spent on the screen gave me a taste of the exact character I built in my mind of her. Perfect mix of insanity and evil. LOVE HER.
The three heroes were great, as usual. However, I was reminded of what I don’t like about the actress that plays Hermione. She tends to deliver her lines like she has just run a marathon. She sometimes seems out of breath and exhausted with her dramatic sighs and exhales. I always forget she does that and learn to ignore it after the first few scenes she’s in.
Daniel Radcliffe was fantastic – and has truly matured and improved through the series. He showed a lot of intensity and anger and if I were a teenager – he would totally be my new celebrity crush.
My only complaint after the first viewing (sometimes I find more issues after seeing it again) is that some of the dialog towards the end was SO CHEESY. JK Rowling doesn’t contrive drama, she doesn’t need to, but parts of the script just seemed so forced I almost laughed. It may not be something someone who hasn’t read the books would notice, but I almost laughed out loud at one scene towards the end that was supposed to be very serious. I understand (partly) why it had to be done like that – but I just found it a little disappointing the few times I noticed it.
And the visuals? Amazing. Truly amazing. I would like to watch the fight scenes over and over again because they were stunning in detail and effects.
So – did you see it? What do you think?