I’m very pleased to announce that the fifth movie feels more like the third and less like the fourth. David Yates has done a fine job of keeping J.K. Rowling happy and still adding in enough style to make it a really good movie. The plot is straightforward and refrains from being convoluted or jumbled like some of its predecessors. We know what’s going on from the beginning and we’re interested to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m happy David Yates didn’t try to add anything more into the movie. The worst case scenario for him is to try and add too much and the film end up being a mess, or over three hours.
This is also the first time in a Harry Potter movie that young Daniel Radcliffe has been challenged as an actor. He was asked to do more than act surprised and/or intense. He was surprisingly good with the expanded range of emotions and I look forward to seeing him expand further in the sixth and seventh films as I’m told they’re even darker. The other students were pretty much relegated to supporting roles, but that’s ok. The story didn’t seem to need them and I’m sure they’ll get their share of screen time in the next couple of films.
I realize that being creative with a Potter movie is a tough task because Rowling is so protective of her franchise but Alfonso Cuaron and David Yates have proven it can be done. The settings in Phoenix were beautiful and there were a lot of cool little things to keep the audience on their toes. It did have a much darker tone, but I liked it and thought it worked really well. THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX hit on all notes and was a fun ride. It’s nice to see the Potter franchise back on track and this makes me look forward to the next two installments.
Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter (43:49): This doesn’t focus as much on the fifth film as it does the entire franchise and the “secrets” within the films. It shows how everything has been leading to the fifth movie and then talks about what happened in the film. It was a little long and didn’t provide enough insight to make it worth the time.
Harry Potter and the Magic of Editing (5:20): Mark Day and David Yates talk about the editing in the film. It’s pretty brief and more educational for the youngin’s out there. It’s pretty simple, so I wouldn’t bother with this one.
Trailing Tonks (19:20): This was a pretty cool featurette that follwed Natalia Tena (Tonks) around the Harry Potter set. She seems cool as hell in real life and I enjoyed watching her lead the camera around. The featurette is geared more for kids, but it was still pretty fun.
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