Blithely entertaining, despite being a great big nothing of a film. Cinematography was by the legendary Slawomir Idziak (Three Colours Blue) & yet it's by far the ugliest film of the series so far. Compositions are cluttered & poorly framed; editing is even worse. As ever with these films there's about 90mins of explaining & re-explaining the events of the series over & over again before any kind of exciting content.
The first in the series where I felt I was no longer watching children find their confidence as actors. Helena Bonham Carter's work as Bellatrix Lestrange is sublime, and the same could be said about Evanna Lynch's take on Luna Lovegood.
Dolores Umbrigde and Bellatrix Lestrange pretty much steal the show in this film. It was nice to see how the Ministry of Magic and overall bureaucracy played a part in the misinformation campaign. The whole thing about the prophecy required a little more background I think, but the chaotic battle at the Ministry and confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort was pretty cool.
After the bipolarity of the previous films, you know straight away something is off here. Characters look directly into the camera, and then it goes handheld. The color palette is dull and refined. And there is a conscious effort to have the entire visual production - however over-polished to a major studio sheen - reflect the themes. That's always a step in the right direction, even if it takes a tumble or two.
so it is a bit of a filler movie but when you don't remember the books well it really isn't that bad. but i would really want to knock the cinematographer on the head since color correction makes me more than slightly violent.
Woah - this is one of the BEST of the films! Dark and oppressive, with a chilling villain unrelated to the overall baddie (sometimes people are just rotten on thier own!) and one of the best magical action sequences on film to date! I loved all the nods to cold-war paranoia, I thought that this was the first film where the kids really got to stretch themselves as actors. Y'all are crazy, Order is great!
A return to form after the regression that was Goblet Of Fire. The tension in this one is immense, while all the usual great elements of the Harry Potter franchise are still present. It's not quite up to the level of Azkaban, but Order Of The Phoenix is a great one and probably second best in the series.