Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Okay, I only got to see this movie last Monday. A bit late for a Harry Potter fan, I guess. But I had to wait for my sister, and reserving tickets at the IMAX Theatre isn't exactly easy. Ah, but before I talk about whether it's worth seeing it on IMAX or not, let me discuss the movie...
I guess because it was a pretty thick book, a lot of scenes really had to get cut. And even in the book itself, The Order, didn't really get that much attention, despite them being the subject of the title. But what are titles anyway other than a name? And "a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet".
I liked it. The movie, I mean. It's way better than the fourth one, though still reminiscent of some bad directing, specifically with Hermione (Emma Watson). She used to be so cool (at least up until the 3rd movie), but I guess it all went to her head because since the 4th movie, she's been overacting--saying her lines too quickly and with too much emotion, too much anger. I mean we all know Hermione's an uptight know-it-all, but there's nothing in the book that says she's angry all the time and that she makes a big deal out of everything.
This could be due to the fact that Ron (Rupert Grint), seems to be pushed to the sidelines. He should speak up! I think somebody really ought to tell that new screenplay writer Michael Goldenberg that Harry has TWO best friends, and not just one. I mean, what's up with giving Ron so very few lines? And what's up with Rupert saying them so softly?
Other than that, can someone also tell whoever was in charge of the Cho character, that Cho (Katie Leung), is the one whom Harry's supposed to like? I mean, why make Hermione hug Harry all the time when Cho is the one he's kissing? And yeah, hugs are very platonic, but still I think there was just too much physical contact between Hermione and Harry and not enough between him and Cho, despite their kiss--which was a bit awkward, but I guess that's not really a bad thing since it is supposedly Harry's first kiss and all.
Anyway, the whole angle on Cho makes me think that there might have been a missing scene in the 4th movie. I mean, if you hadn't read the books, would you really have understood why Cho was so upset over Cedric's death? Their only scene in the 4th movie was during the Yule Ball, and it wasn't even that noticeable because again, the Ball seemed to be all about Hermione!
I'm amending my previous statements to this:
Somebody should tell the filmmakers that this story's about Harry Potter and not Hermione Granger!
You'd think it'd be obvious enough, given that all the titles have "Harry Potter" in them...
Okay, don't get me wrong. I love Hermione. I mean, she's a great character (and I guess role model), but that doesn't mean she should get more lines (and attention) than other equally great characters (i.e. Ron), and essential ones (i.e. Cho).
I do like how they're building up Ginny's character in this movie, though, showing her strength, and at some point, a little jealousy for Harry & Cho. It's too bad they didn't put any scenes of Quidditch -- so movie-Ginny'd have even more skills under her belt, and Ron would, too. After all, didn't Rupert say he was excited about the 5th movie because Ron plays some Quidditch in the 5th book?
The special effects and all the other aspects of production were way impressive. I'm glad they didn't use the usual Harry Potter theme song -- I'm getting kind of sick of it, and I suspect other people are, too. But...
It was totally not worth the Php400 on the IMAX Theatre. Or maybe it would be, at some other IMAX theatre, but definitely not the one in Mall of Asia, no way. I know that one experience isn't enough to judge something, but I'm really kind of hating that theatre (and quite possible the entire mall) right now.
For one thing, there was a technical problem in the middle of Dumbledore's speech (during Harry's hearing). The screen was blank for a few minutes, and the audio stopped. And when the movie resumed, they didn't even rewind it, so we ended up missing the speech! And I guess it doesn't affect the story all that much, but still, if it had happened in a more critical part of the movie, I'm sure they would've done the same, and well, that's just very thoughtless.
And, thanks to the stupid IMAX plug, they totally ruined the music for the credits. Actually, they ruined the whole credits part, because even before it was finished, they turned off the music, so people would be forced to leave. Now, I know the custodians need all the time they can get to tidy up the theater for the next set of audiences, but still, forcing any audience member to leave before the credits finish (whether they care about seeing the credits or not (and can people please acknowledge that some people do watch the credits?)) is just way impolite. It's not our fault they didn't start the movie on time (which may be the reason they needed to hurry cleaning up (Screening was at 8PM, it started 8:10)).
So yeah, hell if I'm watching there again. No 20-minute 3D finale (no matter how cool the effects are (and they really are cool in this movie)) is worth that and 400 bucks.