Harry's got a beard and Hermoine's got boobs: A "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" movie review
This movie was a pleasure to see in theatres and audiences agreed. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" broke records making $44 million in its debut yesterday.
New director David Yates takes this story darker than the movie series' past three directors and utilizes various close up shots and sudden sound affects that make this film feel more like a fun Halloween movie than a children's film. In fact, the audience I sat with on opening day yesterday were mostly 20-somethings (which made me feel better). I saw only a couple children under the age of 10.
This movie deserves its PG-13 rating and makes Chris Columbus' first two movies look like episodes of "Full House." No heartwarming hugs in this movie -- just Harry's first kiss, which was surprising long and one he describes as "wet."
Like fine wine, Harry Potter movies get better as the actors age. Daniel Radcliffe takes his character, Harry Potter, to very dark, challenging places and convincingly turns Potter into the social outcast that he's supposed to be. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play Harry Potter's best friends, (Hermoine Granger and Ronald Weasley, repectively) won't be up for any Oscars, but they too showed maturity in their characters.
Class is over. These characters are all business -- quite literally. Contrary to this series' past films, the characters are often out of the classroom and in street clothes as Yates moves this plot's various storylines quickly over just 2 hours and 18 minutes.
New characters shine in this movie. Evanna Lynch plays an odd, loveable Luna Lovegood, and Imelda Staunton creates a villain in Delores Umbridge nearly equal to the series' primary antagonist, Lord Voldemort (aka He Who Must Not Be Named aka Tom Riddle aka T.Riddy).
The fight scenes are epic and the movie does exactly what it's supposed to do: makes you want to be be wizard or witch. This is one fun ride that leaves you craving for the next installment. Go see this movie.