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!
Posted by Dallas Graham at 10:40 PM