Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Let’s rewind time for a bit. Back to the year 2007. There were plenty of interesting and fantastic movies that were released this year, and I had the opportunity to watch them all in the theater for free. How, may you ask? Well I’ll tell you, because I worked in a movie theater that year. One film I was unable to watch at that point was the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, entitled – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. At this point in time I still hadn’t seen any films in the franchise, so I wasn’t necessarily upset that I couldn’t watch this one. However, even though I wouldn’t really know what was going on, I think I still would have enjoyed myself, Order of the Phoenix is a fun ride.
After using magic illegally in the presence of a Muggle, Harry Potter is expelled from Hogwarts and put on trial pending charges. However, Dumbledore stepped up and stood as Harry’s witness, getting him off with no charges. At school, Harry is treated as a liar, insisting Lord Voldemort is back again. As such, the school gets yet another dark arts instructor, Professor Umbridge, who thinks she owns the place. She begins making all these rules, turning Hogwarts into more of a prison than anything else. Harry decides he must create a secret society all on his own to properly teach other students how to defend themselves against creatures of the night, and well, Voldemort, who seems to be finding a way to control Harry’s mind.
I mentioned through my 3-Word Review that this was slightly annoying, and it was. Professor Umbridge was quite an annoying teacher who gets as much on the students’ nerves as much as our own. So in a way, it was supposed to be annoying in order to really prove how dire the situation really was. Still, though, I could have done without all of her bickering…I think part of that made the film worse. However, it was awesome to see Harry protest and teach his own variation of protection against the dark arts.
The best part of the film was the end battle, which was the first real time we saw a snippet of epicness, which is only a fraction of the epicness seen later in the series. The entire film led up to the end, and I can definitely appreciate that. However, that darn Umbridge made the film feel longer than it really was, which is sad because this is one of the shorter Harry Potter films. Oh well.
Umbridge and Harry Potter teaching students stand out the most when thinking of this film, but what else stands out?
- The trial
- Dementors/Muggle territory
- Luna Lovegood
- Professor Umbridge
- Room o’ Snowglobes
- Order of the Pheonix
- Professor Potter
- Grawp Giant
- End Battle
So as you can see, there’s more to like about this film when you dig deeper, it’s just not the best of the series, and it doesn’t have to be. And just because it’s not the best doesn’t mean it’s the worst, and it definitely isn’t bad. It’s still done really well, and that’s what you have to account for. You can’t nitpick on one little annoyance, and say the whole movie was a disaster because of it, that simply isn’t true. It’s still very memorable, and very well done.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix doesn’t shine as bright as some of the previous installments, but it is still a very respected member of the Harry Potter franchise.