Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007, Movie) – 5/10

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry is attacked by a pair of dementers in his muggle village of Little Whinging and the unlikeliness of this event and his use of magic while under-age is enough to have Harry expelled from Hogwarts or to have him, and, by extension, Dumbledore and their claim that Voldemort is back, discredited in the mass media.


Some spectacular spell effects and good work from the cast aren’t enough to make this flat fifth year of Hogwarts spring to life. Director David Yates also manages to nearly obfuscate what is probably the central message of the movie that it is beneficial and wise to have friends when facing trials. In fact, the more you consider the movie, the more you realise that the plot makes no sense at all. Nothing happens for any reason, it just happens, and director David Yates seems content that you simply be distracted by the noise and pretty lights. That doesn’t bode well as he is returning for The Half-Blood Prince.

This movie contains strong violence against children, strong supernatural violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult..

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