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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'll post a spoiler free semi review of Harry Potter. For a full review of the show, I highly recommend the Geeks of Doom review. They summed up my opinions almost to a T, so I won't go over it again.

I watched the IMAX 3D version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Aside from the HUGE screen at the IMAX, the 3D part of the experience came at the last 20 mins of the movie. If you've read the books then you know what part was put into 3D.

I loved it. David Yates, the new director is a genius!!!! The story is faithful to the book but because of time constraints changes parts of the book and sequences of events. There's a very noticible improvement in acting from Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and especially Daniel Radcliffe in this movie. The movie also conveys Harry's anger and resentment much better than the book did I think. Also after you watch the movie, go back and reread the last 100 pages of the book. I found the movie was much clearer about what happened between He who must not be named and Harry.

Bottomline, if you've been following the series (books or movies) this is a must see. My only complaint is that so many parts were cut out to concentrate on the main plot.

PS. Kudos to Imelda Staunton who plays Dolores Umbridge. She's perfect for the role and such an evil villan that you just want to smack her!

PPS. Doesn't it seem like just about every english actor of note is in this movie? Hmmm.... think there's a part for Hugh Grant?

I give this movie a 5/5.


oooo... i soo want to watch this movie... how much's the fare at the imax may i ask?

The IMAX in the US is $14 for an adult ticket. And now that I've seen it both on the IMAX and on a normal screen, I HIGHLY recommend the IMAX for this movie.

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