Harry Potter Review
July 15, 2007 5:29am CST
We watched Harry Potter yesterday with my husband and daughter. The movie for me was a bit of a downer. Harry seems to be more sad than he was in the previous Potter movies. I remember in one of his scenes in his movies he mentioned that when he is in magic school he is in his happiest moment. But here its more of him being more alone, being more lonesome for his own family. The fight scenes are not even that much. In fact, my daughter slept through the whole movie and to think it should be exciting for her. But come to think of it she is only 4 years old. What does she know right? Anybody here watched the movie?
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15 Jul 07
Do you read the books jhoannapena? I think if you did, you'd understand why Harry was sad and angry most of the time. I think the movie can never come close to the book. Of course it's hard to make a movie with so many details that are in the book. But I think Order of the Phoenix could have been better. It was just okay for me. It was darker than the previous movies and the CG was awesome. I just watch the movie so I could have a better description in my head the next time I read the book.. :)
16 Jul 07
I didn't read the book, although I heard a lots of comment that it is better than the movie version. In as much that I haven't had the chance to read the book itself, I do agree that the movie version will never come close to the book version. I myself am a book reader, the book is more descriptive compared to a movie version of a film. Thanks.
15 Jul 07
No not yet, in fact I didn't even watch the one before it, but I'm not surprised at you for calling the movie a "downer". I expected that. The ones I've watched were not very different either, the third one was better too. I think they cut out a lot of important chunks from the book that could be added to make the movie more interesting. But anyway, they know better. Still, they should be doing a better job in the upcoming ones.It's injustice to make poor movies on such a good story.
16 Jul 07
The movie is just more or less following what's in the books. If you've not read the books, then most probably you don't understand why this is happening. This is a transitional book of kid Harry to grown up Harry. He's 15 and he's already got the Ministry and even other people like classmates and parents of his classmates against him. He is confused as to what to do. I mean, wouldn't you be mad if you're telling the truth, and what a big truth it is, and no one believes you? The Ministry even painted him as a liar. Combined with hormones.. Then that produces a very angsty boy. As J.K.Rowling said, the books aren't supposed to be happy. True, the past movies showed endings that are positive, but these are leading to an ultimate showdown of good and evil. More deaths will come. Someone really important will die in the next movie. I don't wanna be the spoiler, but maybe a previous poster already mentioned it. But don't worry, you're not the only one disappointed. Even some friends of mine who haven't read the books didn't like this movie much. persoanlly, it kind of left me hanging. There are some things that I expected were really great but didn't turn out that way. I guess we just really expected a whole lot of it. My suggestion is that to read the books. Really, they may be thick, but they're not hard to read. The beauty of the Harry Potter story is in the books, and it would make me sad if you don't get to see it. It's really nice. You can like, read it to your daughter at night or something. :)
16 Jul 07
Actually, I don't mind it being a downer if the story calls for it. Its just that it seemed the end of the world for Harry, there wasn't even a hint of something to look forward to. Well, who am I to judge. Yes, I agree reading the book will be better comparing it to the movie version.
15 Jul 07
WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILER: I didn't like it that much. I think the story was weak. At the end of the movie, I'm at a lost. It seems that nothing happened. All those commotion of voldemort raising an army and dumbledore likewise..., but in the end. No major battle really took place. Its the same old characters brandishing their wizardry in an uneventful final battle. Even saw it in IMAX. What a waste :( Hope others enjoyed the film. Harry Potter's really not for me. Cheers!
17 Jul 07
There has been a lot of change in the last Harry Potter movie (Order of the Phoenix) compared to Goblet of Fire. My daughter has read the book and she said that Order of the Phoenix is a drama. There are also a lot of details that they removed and a changes from the book. In the book it was the friend of Harry's love interest who betrayed them. In the movie it was his love interest who betrayed them. My daughter also said that what was presented in the movie was all the highlights in the book. Overall I still like Harry Potter the movie. Still looking forward to the next one. I'll read the books once I get to watch everything. I don't want to get disappointed not seeing what I've read.