Steve Z's Review
Steve Z's Review of Order of The Phoenix Boy was i excited for this one. My favorite of the Potter books, coming after the third and forth Potter films which were amazing, and pleased me extensively. Truly, the anticipation mounted inside me. To me, this film was very much a letdown. This is coming from the guy who actually liked Spiderman-3. But first I have to give them some credit, seeing as the longest book in the series (900+ pages) was adapted to screen. But it left me heartbroken, and I am left believing this is the first film in the series created more for finance rather than enjoyment. It was tickling to see the things I read on screen, but it hurt as bad as Umbridge's quill to watch it the way it was.
We start with Harry and his muggle house-brother in a very cheesy, cheap scene that embarasses the book. Then we see continue with a very rushed, and non-enjoyable ret-telling of the book. There is no magic here, and it feels more alien to the Harry Potter universe than the concept Spielberg had planned for the first film. No one is on harry's side, but this isn't really portrayed even closely to how it should be.
Even though the film is hours long, it feels short, and almost unreal it was so disappointing. There is little emotion, and nothing stands out. A lot from the book is absent, and what isn't feels artifical. The kiss with chang fails. We feel no tears as Sirius dies, Harry dosen't have nearly the relationships with other characters as he did in the fabolus book. Screentime is limited, our favorite parts of the Potter sereis are absent. There is no magic, the darkness is a very different from the descriptive darkness of the book. and the film feels rushed and fake. They relie on cheesy newspaper articles to tell the weakened story.
Oh how much I thought it would be good following the best two entries in the series so far (movies). But, it wasn't. All I could enjoy was the Umbridge acting, Snape acting, and I-Max 3-d. But even those things wern't that good. I gave Yates the benefeit of the doubt. But, if Half-blood Prince is going to be as good as it could be, I think he's gotta go. Time to give a new take to the series, someone that could blend Newell and Cuaron, perhaps? But just please, don't make another letdown like this. Dumbledore deserves better, Jo too.
C+ (A rushed, forgettable adaptation of the book; longest books, shortest film=bad)