Title of Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Name of the Reviewer: A.O. Scott
By: A.J. Lalonde
In this review A.O. Scott describes what he feels about the movie “Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix” and the different things that help support his decision. Three things that he uses to show his feelings and judge the movie are the anticipation of the next book and the length of the movie, the acting of the characters and their real life situations, and lastly the fact of the movie being a good place for new potential actors. In this essay I’ll explain in detail what examples he provided and what I thought about his examples/feelings for the movie.
The first of many criteria he uses for this movie is the anticipation of the next book and the length of the movie. When this movie first came out the last book of the series was scheduled to be released shortly after. He felt that with the new book being released and it being the finale that it “stole some thunder” from the movie. He also voiced his opinion about the length of the movie. The book was around 700-800 page book was condensed into a just over 2 hour movie. He explained how in a lot of parts it lacked detail but in other parts they provided characteristics to make the movie viewer relate to the movie.
The next standard he used to explain his feelings on this movie was the way of the acting and the real life situations of the actors. Now these two standards are put together due to him saying that the timing of the movie and Daniel Radcliffe’s age helps him emphasize “Harry’s anger and self-pity.” He also makes a couple comments on the other actors about how seriously they took their roles to make the movie better. An example of this is stating “Mr. Rickman (who plays Professor Snape) has turned Snape into one of the most intriguingly ambiguous characters in modern movies.”
The last criterion used in this movie review is how this movie is a good foothold for new...