Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


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I live nearby Detroit, and get student pricing from the 8 or 9 it usually is.
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Wow...that's a pretty good deal!

Anyway, I went to see Harry Potter on Saturday at the IMAX Theatre in Toronto (cost me like $14), but it was totally worth it! THE MOVIE WAS AMAZING! The fight scene was in 3D so we got these 3D glasses to wear, which made the experience all the more memorable.

All I have to say is that the movies just keep getting better. Sigh. And the 7th book is coming out this Saturday! What an exciting month!!!!!

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3D?? Really? Like, real 3D or jumbotron-Imax 3D? I've been fooled before!
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I don't really know what jumbotron-IMAX 3D means...all I do know is that when you put on those glasses, everything seemed to pop out at you and it looked VERY real. :)

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Ha, yeah I guess I should have explained that better. I forget which movie it was but it touted itself as 3D but it was actually just a giant screen that curved and so *kind of* could have been construed as 3D but totally wasn't. Since you had the glasses it sounds like the real thing which is definitely a tempting offer. I love 3D!!

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Well it took a couple of weeks but I finally saw the movie. Was dialup correct when he predicted that I wasn't going to like it? I'll saw that he was wrong. I liked it quite a bit, but there were definitely some problems that I had with the movie. The opening shot where Harry is sitting in the field is awesome, and I have to admit that my favorite parts of the films are usually the beginning before they go to Hogwarts. This one was by far the best beginning as Harry is coming of age and the problems are more mature and serious than silly.

I really liked Dumbledore's Army as well. Finally they're doing magic on a consistent basis and doing some pretty cool stuff at that. And the final battle scene was damn sweet. I can't wait to see how they handle Harry Potter 7, I feel it's going to really outclass the book if they stay true to the source.

My problems are endemic to the series as a whole, and I have another specific problem with the movie itself. In general the storytelling of HP isn't very good. This is especially true in the 7th book and I've already made the remark about stilted pacing, and Rowling's over use of convenient plot devices. In OOTP there weren't any ridiculous plot devices used which I appreciated, however there some conveniently skipped parts. They're like "we need to go to the ministry!" "let's fly" and then POOF they're in the Chamber of Mystery. I mean didn't they have to sneak INTO the ministry itself? I'm sure they couldn't have just walked in.

Also the dialog was very forced. Everybody delivered there lines in an extremely stilted manner which was just awkward. I don't know if it's supposed to be like that because they're stressed, since in the previous films everybody talked fine. But it was just weird.

Just to reiterate though so dialup doesn't get too pissed off at me. The movie is good. Definitely recommended. Number 3 is still my favorite movie though.

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You should read the book. Then you would understand. I'll be seeing the movie in a few days after I have access to a VCD burner, as I am on vacation now. *cough* bitTorrent *cough* hot spot *cough*
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ya, I don't doubt that the book explains things a lot more. However I really enjoy the music, and special effects of the movies. I know they say that nothing beats your own imagination, but I think the movies are better than my mind's eye.
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The movies are supposed to add to your enjoyment of the books! I actually like the way JK Rowling writes, and the way she storytells. It's not always about action scene after action scene. The description and narration is worth it! And the best part about these books is that they actually get kids to read 600 to 700 page books! If you think about it, it is pretty amazing that kids actually sit there and re-read these books time and time again. I think it's great! Kids are way too enamored with TV, the Internet, computer games, and video games.

Correction: It is the Department of Mysteries, not the Chamber of Mysteries. Also, it would take them WAY too long to show how they got into the Ministry. In the book, it says that they get through the Telephone Booth and once you're in there, you get questioned by this "secretarial voice" (ie. what is your purpose inside the Ministry, who are you, etc.), they get these badges that they have to wear (ID tags), then the booth descends into the Ministry's Atrium. From the Atrium, they have to make their way to the elevators, and take the elevators all the way down to the Department of Mysteries.

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They don't have to sneak into the Ministry because nobody is there, well they don't kniw that but they think only Sirius and Voldemort are there. And none of the employees are there either.

You liked the third movie the best? That one was actually my least favorite. Five is my favorite followed by four, one, two, and three. But I guess it comes down to what you like and what you don't.

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