Urmy Lahiry's Review
The film begins with Harry fighting the dementors and performing the patronus charm. The scenes were just as we expected--quite good. Soon we see the Advance Guard rescuing Harry from Number 4 , Privet Drive and in less than a minute they arrive at Number 12, Grimmauld Place. The movie differs from the book in more aspects than one. Time and again alterations have been made. But only those who have read the book, would notice.
The way Harry was introduced to the Order of the Phoenix in the book and the way it has been done in the movie, are quite different . The suspense that the members of the Order and Harry's friends created in the book was missing from the movie. Perhaps it was because of shortage of time. It was like Harry gets to know everything on his first night at Grimmauld Place.The trial scenes are also impressive.
Moving on, going back to Hogwarts was much the same minus all the fun. Maybe that's an indication for how grim situations have become since the Dark Lord's return to power. The teachers have minuscule roles to play. Thankfully, Grawp and the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes stuff were included in the movie.
The Dumbledore's Army scenes show Harry stepping into the shoes of a teacher.But lots of deviations from the book. Neville finds out about the Room of Requirement. There's no Dobby in this one. And there's no Marietta Edgecombe. Cho Chang tells Umbridge about the DA under the influence of Veritaserum.The first half seems to be all rushed up. Again, that's probably because of the sheer volume of the book. But the second half is far more interesting.
The lead actors though have done a commendable job. Daniel Radcliffe has added sensitivity to the scenes between Harry and Sirius. His facial and eye expressions are absolutely amazing. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have also given their best performances. But the show stealer was Imelda Staunton. She is just as evil as J.K. Rowling had planned her to be.
The best scenes of the movie will have to be the flight of the Weasley twins and ofcourse the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort. Its indeed 'fierce'. Daniel has done an outstanding job in the scene where Voldemort sort-of possesses him and in the scene where he sees his Godfather fall prey to the Death-Eaters. The flash back scenes are wonderful and quite appropriate to the situation. David Thewlis and Evanna Lynch had very little to do as compared to their roles in the book. Still Evanna as a newcomer, has put up a good performance.
The last scene between Harry and Dumbledore could have been more dramatic. What with Harry's anger piling up and to add to that, the death of a loved one and Dumbledore distancing himself from Harry. I was expecting Harry to shout and break Dumbledore's possessions like he did in the book, but it was way too short and there was nothing like that in the movie.
And now, the much hyped "Kiss". Well, it was quite awkward yet passionate. It definitely had the innocence of a "first-kiss". But sadly, there are no scenes between Harry and Cho after that one.
To sum up, the latest Harry Potter flick is definitely worth watching more than once. It could have been made in a more better and less haphazard manner. Yet it succeeds in satisfying most Harry Potter fans across the globe because of the unmatched special effects, powerful performances by Daniel and Imelda, and inclusion of lots of good scenes that most fans were expecting to be left out. This one's a must-watch for everyone who loves being in the world of sorcery with Harry and his friends.