Raymond W. Bricknell 's Review
OoTP movie 5 was just so-so in my opinion. The story was much too fragmented to follow by anyone other than people who read the book, and a let down for those of us that have read it.
First was the two way mirror; it didn't exist in the movie but has been confirmed to appear in book 7 which makes me think it may be important in some way.
Second the knife Sirius gave Harry also doesn't exist and neither does the scene where the characters find the path through the Hall of Mysteries, which I had heavily anticipated.
Third, during the duel between the Order and Death Eaters in the HOM, they make it appear that Harry is the only student fighting the Death Eaters and doesn't show any other student fighting. Also, the duel between Voldemort and Dumbledor is a big let down. They made Voldemort WAY to confident in that scene and Dumbledor seemed too nervous. The statue was their but didn't move once and the part with Harry writhing around on the floor was just wrong. The screenwriter needs to stop making things up; the reason so many people like the HP series is because it is so well written. Changing it is like someone trying to fix a DiVinci painting that wasn't faded. Why would you do such a thing?
The dementors looked lame. I will leave that there
The scene where Harry destroys Dumbledor's office had a lot of good info in the book, but in the movie (some of) that info is scattered throughout the story.
There were a several other things that I found that is just wrong to do to such a good story, but too many to list. This is the first Harry Potter film I saw that was a mild letdown and way too short. I read somewhere that when the length of the film was brought up, the new director made a reference to how Jaws was his favorite movie and the perfect length. I don't care if Jaws was 2 hours and 2 minutes
.Jaws was a very straight forward movie with a shallow plot; very unlike the HP series. He also said that epic movies have a tendency to be too long and loses the attention of the audience
.most of us have read the books multiple times! If he could transport the audience permanently into the movie I don't think many potter fans would get bored EVER!
I think this director's product pales in comparison to the last four movies and he should take some hints from HP fans and not his experience with other movies and/or TV. I don't think he understands the HP fan base at all and I hope they replace him since the next movie is my favorite book.
All in all, while still an entertaining film, this was by far the worst HP movie yet.