July 11, 2007, - 4:30 pm

Mid-Week Box Office: Latest Harry Potter Flick

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve never read a Harry Potter book and have never seen any of the movies based on them. So when I walked into the screening of the latest silver screen installment, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” I was almost completely ignorant about this passion of so many kids and even many adults. Given that, please forgive me if I get some of the Harry Potter jargon wrong.
Since, as I’ve said, I’ve not seen the other Harry Potter films, I can’t compare them with this one, in theaters today. That said, I found the movie to be both charming and banal. I liked the magnificent sets, wardrobe, and special effects (though a few computer-generated images were obvious). It’s great for kids, but at almost 2.5 hours, I wonder how they sit through it. A long book (900 pages) equals a long movie.

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Here’s the plot: Harry must defend himself against using his powers against evil in front of “Muggles” (mere mortal humans without powers). Upon returning to wizard school, an evil woman, Umbridge, manages to take it over from Lord Dumbeldor. She is against teaching the kids how to fight the evil Lord Voldemort, teaching them theory instead of practice. Harry and the kids must fight to depose her and face off with Voldemort.
As I said, very charming and great for kids, but at the same time, also very banal and long. One caveat: I thought it was a little scary for younger kids. But I guess if they’ve already read the book, they’re prepared.
Overall, recommended.

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It’s actually the longest of the books and, believe it or not, the shortest of the movies.
OOPS. I STAND CORRECTED. THANKS. WILL CORRECT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

AlternativeThought on July 11, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Someone on the blogosphere noticed it before me, I admit it(I can not, for the life of me, remeber who) but the plot is remarkably similar to what is happening with the war against global jihad. Western leaders are unwilling to prepare their populations and the society in general to fight the jihadists and it is left for individuals to improvise the defense of their countries.

Witch-king of Angmar on July 11, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Who else caught a midnight showing? I was soaked to the bone last night as a huge storm moved through for the last 20 minutes of my two hour wait outside. I give it 4 out of 5, some St. Mungo’s would’ve been nice, and a little more Bellatrix, more of Snape’s memories, which did not live up to the hype could’ve helped as well. And the Dementors were actually scary, unlike the Wraith clones that were in Azkaban.
Predictions for Deathly Hollows-
Snape is a good guy
Harry’s scar is not a horcrux
Neville continues to kick all kinds of Death Eater ass
And both Harry and Voldemort die.
What is everyone else thinking?
Sci Fi Geek

Sci Fi Geek on July 11, 2007 at 6:04 pm

I saw a screening on Monday and wasn’t very impressed. Everything was wrong – although the Ministry set was great. However, I love the fact that there is now a whole generation of children who understand that the book is always better than the movie!!
Regarding the movie’s length, I think you’ll agree that anyone, including children, can happily sit through a long movie if it’s good. The first two movies were 2:32 and 2:40 and, like the books, weren’t long enough for my taste!
Predictions: Hagrid dies. Snape is related to Harry (through Lily). Neville kills Bellatrix.

LoveAManInAUniform on July 11, 2007 at 6:25 pm

I agree there were some things that could’ve been better. I was picturing something like a Tank Girl look for Tonks, instead we got the model with purple hair. And Luna could’ve passed for Draco’s sister if he had one, but she played her part well. What did everyone think of the previous movies? I say Order is the best so far, Azkaban was the worst. Sorcerers Stone, Chamber and Goblet fill in the middle.

Sci Fi Geek on July 11, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Emma Watson is Hot

tita2juju on July 11, 2007 at 7:48 pm

How much more Harry Pothead can the public take? Granted, great books and such but hasn’t J.K. Rowling made enough off them?
What’s next – Harry comes out of the closet?; Harry gets laid?; Harry captures Bin Laden using his magic powers?

1shot1kill on July 12, 2007 at 8:50 am

Debbie:
You’ve never see ANY of the previous Harry Potter movies? How is this possible? As much rubbish as you have watched and warned us about(much appreciated, by the way) over the years, how have you missed such a popular series? Considering how many movies you watch any given month, I’m a little stunned that these passed you by.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed all the movies in the series but if you didn’t it’s probably not worth your going back to catch up.
Thanks for the review – keep up the great work!

Sola Fide on July 12, 2007 at 9:29 am

Sci Fi Geek – I’m with you on your predictions, minus Harry dying. I don’t think she’d do that to her lead character.
Debbie – regarding how dark the book is, what I’ve heard is that she wrote the first book, looking to hook the target audience: those the same age as Harry. Each book came out after a year or longer waiting period, and was focused on the original group, as they grew up with Harry (and friends). At the age that the 5th book came out, they’re older, and able to handle darker plots (maybe even welcome them some). The differences in the plots gives the reader a range of types, that *fingers crossed* will interest them in a wide range of literature.

CaptShady on July 13, 2007 at 1:08 am

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