Screening Report: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The good people over at AICN have received a report from "Rosncranz" on what he/she claims to be only the third screening of OotP "anywhere".
The film was a success in many, in fact most, aspects.
The acting is getting better and better and there were a few parts where Daniel Radcliff actually showed range. There really is no weak acting in the film and the standouts are Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and of course Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. Imelda Staunton’s Umbridge is good but wholly annoying. The movie moves along at a good pace until about halfway through and then gets bogged down a bit for most of the rest of the film. It is not horribly slow but it does drag, with the current running time being approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes there is definitely some editing that could be done to make this problem disappear.
The report kicks off with information on the reviewer that stings worse than the Cruciatus Curse. According to "Rosncranz", he/she stopped reading the books at Chamber of Secrets - so, right before the books got really good. The reviewer then goes on to mention that he/she greatly enjoyed both Azkaban and Goblet in theatres. Well, duh! Since the books were so much better, it comes as no surprise that so were the films. But they still couldn't compare to the original material.
I tell Potterites this all the time, so let me say it again: read the books! Why ruin one of the best novel franchises ever by hearing the story from the films alone? I got hooked at Prisoner, and so will you.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens
to theatres on July 13th, 2007.