Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, but I’ve seen all of the movies. When I saw the first one, I loved the whole new world that had been imagined alongside the one I know. The second one seemed like more of the same, and the giant spiders looked badly fake to me, so it’s my least favorite of the series. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came next, and thanks to director Alfonso Cuarón‘s style and the story’s Sirius turn (sorry), it’s my favorite of the series so far. The fourth movie was fine, but was strangely forgettable to me, so I’ll put it above the second but below the others.

Which brings us to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Like the third installment, the danger felt real in this one, and I also think that the young stars have become better actors (a podcast review pointed this out before I saw the film, so this isn’t an entirely observation). And director David Yates is far better than you might expect for someone who has mostly done television until now.

All in all I’ll give this 3.5 stars out of 4 stars, and rank it just below the third film in the series.

Seen 8/2/2007.

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