| Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) |
The 5th Harry Potter movie is by far the greatest to date in my opinion. With a highly competent range of cast and director David Yates I was most impressed by what I saw.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson the golden children weren't too special though they did their job well but top rated actors like Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes and most notably Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton played their parts with great passion and accuracy to the book. Add that to the special effects and a well structured conversion of a 900 plus page book to a 138 min movie and you have the best movie of 2007.
Basically no-one at Hogwarts school and The Ministry of Magic believes Harry's (or the noble Dumbledore) insistence that the dreaded Lord Voldemort, who is famous for being a mass murderer including Harry's parents, has returned. However events soon unfold that will foresee tremendous danger and possibly death coming to Harry and his friends as the dark lord is on the move as are his followers.
In this movie we see for the most part a great lack of feminist intervention. There are at least two extremely vile female characters, both of whose pasts are not explained and are determined to make people's lives miserable. There are strong male and female characters alike in Harry's little army and the legendary Order of the Phoenix. The portrayal of males as a whole is both positive and enlightening, especially the best friends relationship between Harry and his only true soul mate Sirius Black, which comes to a terrific climax.
A terrific movie that I'd recommend to anyone.
- Reviewed by Mr. Doesn't Give a Damn
Rated: PG13 in USA, 12A in UK, PG in Canada due to violence and intense scenes. *** too intense for toddlers to watch ***
Duration: 2 hour, 18 minutes