Rock’n’Roll on a broom

Yesterday, I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was a rather disappointing experience. The editing was horrible; really, really horrible. Earlier on I had read in a book about film editing that this part of making a movie should at best be invisible. In this movie it was ruining quite a lot. SPOILERS ahead! There was a part in the current Die Hard installment where McClaine tells Farrell to stay in the car while he inspects an abandoned gatehouse; and in the next both of them are running across the helicopter landing site. Apparently the scene of McClane knocks off the guard had been cut. I had the same feeling several times during the newest Harry Potter movie, most of them towards the ending. Not good. The richness of the plot helped the book over the fact that the main story line is only about a prophecy. The movie fails not only to condense the essential background stories, the major twists remain insufficiently portrayed. I guess it’s partly the fault of the director and the screenplay, as well. After all, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban had been an excellent movie – with great acting, enchanting music – and a different director.

That being said, there are a few positive things to say about the film:

  1. Tonks rocked!
  2. Azkaban looked amazing!
  3. The scenes in which Luna Lovegood had dialogue stood out, because she seemed to be the only person in the movie who actually had a “character”, not just a role.