I saw Order of the Phoenix tonight. I dunno. I've never been a big fan of the movies, I suppose. Basically I enjoy them well enough while I'm watching them, and immediately forget about them as soon as I leave the theatre. The only one of the movies I've seen more than once was Prisoner of Azkaban, because that's the only one I really liked, and cared to watch more than once. I think this one and the last one were still much better than the first two movies, and of the two, this one was maybe my favorite, though it's hard to say this soon after seeing it. There were bits I liked, and bits I wtf'd at, but mostly...eh. No strong feelings either way.
Here are some disjointed thoughts.
- I'm not one of those people who gets annoyed with every little change from the books. I think it's obviously most important that they work as movies, first of all. I think one of the major problems with the first two HP movies was how slavish they were about hitting every. little. plot point. It just got tiresome, because, duh, movies aren't books. Most of the time they need to be adapted in order to work. One thing I thought was a good decision to streamline the narrative for a movie was how they handled Umbridge finding out about the DA. Well, at first I was a little annoyed, because they made it seem like Cho just randomly ratted them out, which I thought was major character assassination, but then it was revealed that it was only because Umbridge has used Veritaserum on her, so that worked. It created a rift with Cho and Harry so we didn't have to deal with their date of failure.
- I wish that the fact that Ron and Hermione were prefects had been mentioned. I didn't expect the whole Quidditch thing to be included (in fact I'm glad it wasn't because movie!Quidditch is lame and cheesy), but just a quick acknowledgment of Ron being made prefect would have been nice. The movies all pretty much make Ron superfluous, which is a huge shame.
- And speaking of superfluous...Luna. I love Luna in the books; she's one of my favorite characters, and I think the actress who played her was very good. She just didn't seem to have a lot to do in the movie and they didn't do a very good job of introducing her, so she seemed very pastede on yay to me. I'm not saying she shouldn't have been in the movie (I'd be way more upset if she were left out completely), but that she could have been integrated more seamlessly. Also...did her accent seem odd to anyone else? Like...I think she had an Irish accent, but she was trying to suppress it or something?
- Two really small random things that bugged the crap out of me:
- That people pronounced "Lestrange" wrong.
- That Padma was randomly in Gryffindor.
In the grand scheme of things, neither of these are a really big deal but every time they showed Padma in the wrong colors or someone said "Lestrange," it made me gnash my teeth. I could not help it.
- The best part of the movies for me has always always been Alan Rickman's Snape. No different this time. He is so wonderful and over-the-top and he makes me laugh just by existing (which may not sound like a good thing, but I really do mean it in a good way). And, omg, Imelda Staunton was perfect as Umbridge. I had high hopes she would be, and she totally nailed it. Yay.
- Sirius gets a separate note because I have a lot random things about him to ramble on. First off, I've always thought Gary Oldman was great casting for Sirius (well, considering that the age group of the Marauders-era people had to be upped because of Rickman's Snape), and I think he cemented that in this movie. (Also, I do remember when he and Thewlis were first cast for PoA a lot of fangirls whined because he "wasn't hot." Bzuh? In what universe is Gary Oldman not hot? There's also the fact that in PoA especially, he was supposed to have the look of a ruined man, someone who had once been very good-looking but had lost that in Azkaban. I think with the weight loss and manic eyes and whatnot, Oldman portrayed that beautifully.)
Anyhoo, Sirius's death. Somehow even more anticlimactic than it was in the book, which I honestly didn't think was possible. I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Sirius, honestly. I don't dislike him, but...I think I kind of prefer fanon!Sirius to canon!Sirius. Or. Well, that doesn't quite sound right. I guess I mean that I very much like the idea of his character, but felt that he never lived up to his potential in the books. Rowling is very "tell, not show" as far as Sirius is concerned. She tells us all this great stuff about him, through other characters, but you don't really see it in the character himself. As far as HP fic goes, I mostly stick to Remus/Sirius or Marauders-era stuff, because I like the characters, but also because I think a lot of really good writers fic in those areas. And so many of them do such a splendid job of showing Sirius as Rowling tells us he was that I find the actual book character very flat compared to the potential he carries. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MAKES SENSE TO ANYONE BUT ME. I am not so great at being articulate about stuff sometimes. :P
- All in all...I dunno? It was okay. I wasn't really disappointed or anything, though, because I know how it usually goes with HP movies and I didn't have very high hopes.
Honestly, I had a much better time seeing Ratatouille last week, (yes, I finally saw it) which pretty much delighted me at every turn. In case anyone doesn't know this, I am a huge fan of Pixar, so I expected to like it, but this wasn't a case of...ending up liking something a lot because you know you are going to, if you know what I mean. It really surprised me and went in directions I completely wasn't expecting and was basically just a huge breath of fresh air.