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.
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.
One of the shortest Harry Potter movie in the saga based on the one of the longest Harry Potter novel. In its 138 minutes runtime, ORDER OF THE PHOENIX feels a little bit rushed. There is a lot of things left unexplained. I didn't know whether I missed it or not, I still don't know why Dementors attack Harry Potter in the beginning. But I think it is not a problem. It is still enjoyable and entertaining movie...
I always liked the opening of this movie. The highlight fin this movie for me is the Order of the Phoenix itself and the relationships between the members - especially Lupin and Black. David Thewlis and Gary Oldman are exceptional as always. This movie ratchets up the tension and really starts to develop the connection between Harry Potter and Volde... He Who Shall Not Be Named!
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.