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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, David Yates)

What's it about? After having witnessed Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) killing Cedric in the previous movie, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has to battle on two fronts: the Ministry refuses to belief his warnings and do their best to silence him, and Voldemort and his followers are still at large and more dangerous than ever.

Who's in it? Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Katie Leung, Evanna Lynch, Gary Oldman, Brendan Gleeson, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter.

Why did you watch it? Well, it's Harry Potter.

Why is it worth watching? Because it's one of the best Harry Potter movies so far, possibly even better than Chamber of Secrets, and that achievement is purely down to the director and the screenwriters because Order of the Phoenix is most definitely not the best book. It's a good adaptation that makes for a smooth transition from paper to screen and manages to squeeze some improvements in (like toning down Harry's annoying teenage behavior) while sustaining the dark atmosphere of the book. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in particular was perfect.
The acting, overall, has improved a lot since the first movie, especially the performances of Radcliffe and Watson. Ralph Fiennes, too, seems to be more comfortable in Voldemort's shoes now, coming off as less of a mad cardboard character and more of a scary powerful villain. Evanna Lynch as Luna might be the discovery of the movie.
The visuals are amazing as ever. The showdown between the Death Eaters and the members of the Order at the end was one of the most amazing scenes I've seen in the Harry Potter movies yet.

On the other hand... the pacing was slightly off, and some of the changes they made might prove to be problematic for the future development of the plot.

The final verdict: 8/10

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