10 July 2007

Critics (My) Review :: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


So, let's get "harry." Tonight, I drew my metaphoric invisibility cloak, garnered my phoenix-feathered wand, and broomed my way to a local theater to see the latest "movie" installment of JK Rawlings world-altering stories: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I came by way of the tickets from a good friend of mine that lives in the complex - he's a dude that produces games for Playstation and strangely-new gizmos, like the Wii (see Brad and Carolyn's brood for details). And I'm just elated. Is it escapism I'm thirsting for? Would witches and wizard treats and classes engage my memory more than perhaps my once-learned calculus (have any of us used it since senior year in high-school? If so, who, and for what. You may remain anonymous if you'd like). Like you've read and like you've seen, Harry and his crew are getting older, and just like puberty, the changes are more than skin-deep. I remember reading the book and feeling of sense of "this is more serious, more... adult." The movie heralds the same feeling. Definitely more morose. Less and less laughy and more and more morose. I totally enjoyed it. The art direction was beautiful and the conflicts he deals with are more loving and deadly than ever. I'm amazed at JK Rawlings pursuits, her inventiveness, her way with words. So go see it. Are you going to ask me which of your kids can see it? I will have to defer that question: you see, all of you raise your kids in such fun interesting ways, I'd not like to get in the middle of one of summer's biggest block-buster hits. And let's not forget: the last book is only wks away. Patronus!

4 comments:

Jen said...

oh, i'm dying!! i want to see it so bad!!! thanks for hte details...xoxoxoxoo

Oldest Girl said...

Ok ok Savannah and Craig and Annabelle are going tonight. They are excited! I warned Annabelle that it might be scary and she replied with ," Mom I've read the book twice and I love it!" She is counting the days til the book comes out. We are trying to decide if we can do it with just one copy. They all want to read it at the same time. It will be a quiet trip to Utah. They don't want to be antisocial when they get there, so they are trying to get it read before......

Mama said...

OK, you have almost convinced me that I must read Harry Potter! Do I have to have seen the previous movies to enjoy this one? I loved your incredible discriptive writing, Dallas. When I go, I want you to go with me, OK? I feel like I am on the outside looking in at your club. I must get to know Harry! xoxoxo Mom

7of9 said...

Mom, I'm so jealous that you haven't read of the books! I wish I was in your shoes! I would love to go with you. And yes, you should watch the other movies before you see this one. It'll help you fall deeper in love... with capes. Who knows, maybe Vampires will be next... ?