Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Not only did they not muck it up, they made it brilliant

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may not have been my favourite book in the series (although it was pretty good), but it sure has been the best film so far, even if they did kill off Sid Vicious Gary Oldman. We watched it this afternoon, and I swear to god that I would sit down and watch it again tonight, it's that brilliant.

Of all the Potter films, it has the best sense of place - the sets are absolutely perfect. They are so rich in detail and texture, I just found myself trying to absorb as many visuals as I could in each scene. And some of the fight scenes have gobsmacking cinematography. Check out the overhead shots of the stacked shelves upon shelves of crystal balls in the Ministry of Magic and watch as they start to collapse.

But perhaps some of the most pleasant surprises came from the way
some of the more minor characters all but stole the show. Neville Longbottom, who now bears a rather disturbing resemblance to Eddie Argos from Art Brut, really came into his own, displaying previously unseen pools of strength and totally rocking the sweater vest. And Luna Lovegood, who is prettier in the movie than I imagined her to be, is wonderfully off-kilter yet sweet,and displays a real wisdom behind all her odd ideas and mannerisms, despite the fact that people keep stealing her shoes.

And more good news: David Yates, who directed, will also direct Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which will be released next fall.

Now I am all pumped for the book release this weekend!
What two main characters do you think will die?

My predictions:
- Voldemort and McGonagall
- or Voldemort and Hagrid
or (and I think this would provide the most drama) - Voldemort and Harry will kill each other.


Anonymous said...

Hermione bites it. Harry is destroyed inside, losing the only other love in his short and tragic life.

That's the way it ought to

Stephanie said...

It is my wish that Snape dies. That backstabbing jerk. Thinking about him makes me mad.

I just reread Half Blood Prince, so I'm a little emotionally involved right now.

I saw Order of the Phoenix a few days ago, it seemed a little disjointed to me. But maybe I went in expecting too much. I think I'm going to go watch it again with an open mind.

Stephanie said...

Oh but the part with them at the Ministry was great... and I agree that it had great cinemetography... just, I don't know, I didn't feel that great when I left the theater

Deb said...

Completely unrelated, but I keep forgetting to tell you this. This is a blog that I think you'll enjoy. A great reviewer of shows (like you), his pictures of Coachella are ones that I think you'll find interesting.

justacoolcat said...

It takes serious talent to rock a sweater vest. I haven't seen the movie yet.

BeckEye said...

Gary Oldman!?!? Nooooooooo!!!
I have kind of a thing for him. I used to semi-date this Irish bartender who kind of looked like him, "Romeo is Bleeding" era.

He is quite a ham though. Still, I'd cut off a chunk and eat it for Christmas dinner.

Toccata said...

Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite. I thought Harry Potter sounded like a girl! But, I can`t wait to read the final installment. It`s a feeble wish but I sure wish stupid adults wouldn`t feel a need to publish what happens and wreck it for the attended audience of kids. The last outing critics seemed to not be able to print the spoilers quick enough.

I still say Snape is a good guy and Dumbledore is alive and well to help in the final showdown!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww, you're a romantic softie, Teddy. So you don't hold out any hope for Harry and Ginny then, I assume?

Maybe it was really hyperbole-filled reviews like this one that raised your expectation levels to the ceiling, Stephanie. I just thought it was lovely. But that Ministry scene was uber-cool!

Thanks Deb, I'll check out his blog.

Not only a sweater vest, Just A, but a plaid sweater vest at that, worn over a striped shirt. Oh the glorious cacophany! Any plans to watch the film?

You know it, Beckeye - many of us would tap that, I expect. I'm still trying to figure out "semi-date" though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ooops, missed you there, Toccata. That would be a splendid twist, if that were the case, and then maybe somebody else could kill Dumbledore in the end.

I vow not to reveal any spoilers, although I will likely take 2 months to read the book anyway, so it's sort of a moot point. We're going to have to be really careful around the internetz in the next while, not to stumble upon something.

Unknown said...

1 Neville marries everyone.
2 Except Voldemort and Harry, who both die.
3 Dumbledore's ghost gives Harry coaching and they use the sports montage songs from South Park

Allison said...

I agree with Toccata on the Snape front, although Eva's prediction could be most excellent as well :)

I think Harry and Voldemort die, or everyone else dies and Harry lives.

I LOVED this movie, yeah, that's right, all caps. And I'm not a fan of any of the films to be honest. I'm so excited to get my nerd on (or more on?) this weekend. WOOT!

Anonymous said...

Harry will die before and by Voldemort. But Harry's death like his mother's for him will give protection to his friend(s)one or more who will then kill Voldemort. I am convinced Snape is going to overcome his jealousies and do the right thing ultimately but it may cost him his life. If he dies it will be before Harry. In such a case Voldemort would not die but be in such a pitiful state so as to never be rendered powerful again. You are probably right about it being Haryy and Vold. but it is too predictable for me to entertain.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

this has nothing to do with your post but i am also going to xposure 2007!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Eva, even Rocky had a montage, so of course that all makes perfect sense. You could be right about Neville - he is starting to be a hotshot.

Snape is a deep one, alright, Al. But there are a lot of possibilities, and the fence-sitter in me is starting to get overwhelmed. So I think I'll need to join you in getting a nerd on this weekend.

Wow, you have thought this through, haven't you, Leazwell? My biggest problem is going to be staying away from the internetz, but then I sort of suspected about Dumbledore beforehand too, and still enjoyed the last book, so.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey simultaneous commenting, 668! Really? Well how cool! I'd love to meet up and say hi!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i love it when that happens!

yep, tis true! i haven't got my ticket yet. does it sound like it will sell out? give me the scoop!

we will have to figure out how to hook up!

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for the inside story about Snape... it's a problem with JKR's writing; you never know if something hinted willl actually lead to something (as in foreshadowing) or is simply yet another detail that relates to nothing at all.

I wanna know why Dumbledore trusts him so much.

Beth said...

Never read any of the series, and I've seen just the first film.

Will you still respect me in the morning?

Anonymous said...

The first Harry Potter & the OotP (I love that acronym, it's so challenged-sounding...) review that's cool! We went and saw it at midnight, dude, it ruled.

I was wowed by the visuals but very disappointed in certain plot holes. Massive case-in-point, Neville being so passionate about fighting in the Ministry of Magic - backstory into the book-scenes at St. Mungo's missing and all - and of course, MORE WEASLEYS! It was cinema bliss but I was looking for more of the emotional tags that intrigued me in the book.

We're going to go see the IMAX 3D version this weekend though... curse my need for more more MORE! That's given that I'm gonna tear myself away from the book. I got first straw in the clan, heh. :D

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's really weird, 668, I haven't heard anything about Xposure 2007 except for one ad in a free newspaper. So I haven't any idea what tickets sales are like. I imagine they aren't sold out though.
I'll be the one wearing the Ronald Reagan mask. No, but we'll figure something out.

I want to know more about Snape too, Teddy. There was a brief glimpse of his backstory in the film, but just a teaser.

How you have managed to escape all this time is the amazing part, Beth. I'll try to keep my mouth shut about future spoilers.

The visuals were the best part altogether, you are right, Michelle. And there were a lot of people lined up to see it at the IMAX, I noticed. It would be really great there. Let me know if you get seasick!
Well done, getting first dibs! I got second.

Deb said...

I have yet to read/see a Harry Potter installment. Boo me.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i'm trying to remember where i heard about xposure and i think it might have been briefly mentioned on the neckers website. i want to pick up that cd that's been put out as well.

if you wear the reagan mask, i'll wear the mulroney one. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Frankly Deb, I'm shocked. Weren't you tempted to steal your kids' books (as I did)? They're really good, if you are looking for some escapism.

Ooo, a cd would be great, wouldn't it, Brian, er, 668? I may make it down to Megatunes in the next while and will enquire about ticket sales, cds, etc.

mellowlee said...

What Stephanie said is exactly how I felt about the movie. I re-read the last two books as well, and then went to see the movie.

To me it seemed like the book was so big, and the movie was kind of like the reader's digest condensed version. (and I think Umbridge should have looked "toadier"! haha)

That said, I am still buying the movie when it's out on DVD haha! Loved the Ministry part, and the fireworks scene was kickass hey?!

I am so excited about the final book, I think I'm going to burst! Stay away from the NY Times website, they posted a review of the book, which I'm avoiding like the plague! Those stinkers!!!

Happy Friday Barb!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those bastards at the NY Times! They should know better!

Are you going to a Potter party tonight, Mel? We're not, although I love the idea of it, but I shall be looking for the book this weekendm, for sure. I sure hope I don't know the whole story before I read it.

mellowlee said...

I would love to go to a Harry Potter party! There are some many planned around the city, but I'm going to wait til tomorrow and take my chances. It's going to be so good! :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There were quite a few copies left when we bought ours, Mel. I can't wait till it's my turn to read it!

Will said...

Well, I did like the film quite a bit as a film. I thought it was the most visually pleasing of all films.

It was my favorite book. It has just so much detail, and so many amazing subplots. The hardest part for me with each film is seeing so much of the minor characters and subtle touches not make it in. I think #4 will stand as my favorite film, as I found it actually to be more effective than the book.

I felt like this film continued on the darkness that the previous one set up. While book 5 was dark, I felt like it had a very fun, punk rock attitude to it - not to mention being the most political.

All that being said, this one was quite strong as a film on its own. I liked the direction and I am happy to hear that he will be doing the next - which should be quite a dreary one indeed.

Just started the book yesterday and love it so far.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a great analysis of the series, Will! You've given this some thought. I never thought of this as having a punk rock attitude, but you could well be onto something.

Wasn't this film a feast for the eyes? So rich and detailed. I can't wait for my turn to read the Deathly Hallows.

phlegmfatale said...

Luna Lovegood was my favorite bit, actually. She was a revelation, and more of an ethereal beauty than I expected. She has an inner calm that is a lovely contrast to all the other characters.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's an excellent summation, PF. Luna is pretty great.