Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Today at the box office:
“Hello, what can I help you with?”
“A ticket for Pirates please.”
“Pirates no longer runs in our cinema.”
“What? You got to be joking.”
“I am not.”
“You can’t just take Pirates off the program, I wasn’t finished with it.”
“Aha, well …”
“You got 10 screens in this cinema, surely it must be possible to show Pirates on one of th…”
“Listen, Pirates – gone. It’s Harry Potter now.”
“Tssk. A silly boy on a broom stick.”
“Yes. David Yates directed”.
“And the soundtrack …”
“Don’t tell me. Nicolas Hooper?”
“You got it. And lots and lots and lots of British actors in it. They are all there.”
“No they are not”.
“What – have you seen how many British acto…”
“They are not all there. One is missing.”
“Well just cross your fingers for him, you never know ..”
“I see, I need to have a talk with David Yates.”
“So what’s it gonna be?”
“Oh go on then, give me a ticket for that silly wizard film.”
And I so saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And there are lots and lots and lots of British actors in it. Michael Gambon was great, Imelda Staunton was fantastic and Alan Rickman was a voicilicious delight, and I think that Rupert Grint is by far the best actor of the three magic kids. He already proved that in Driving Lessons. There’s also Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Waters, Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter, just to mention a few.
The story, well I admit that I got stuck in book number 5, I never got through it. Maybe that was the writing on the wall because I felt that the story in this film wasn’t really going anywhere either. It is considerably darker than the previous ones. And it’s clear that the film is much more character (read: all the focus is on Harry) oriented, and what the rest was about, I couldn’t really tell you. It was also less spectacular in the special effect department, but there are some fantastic scenes in it. So I don’t really know, I give it a 7.5/10.
Just shortly back to David Yates: he directed The Girl in the Cafe (and is therefor my hero for ever), State of Play (and ever) and The Young Visiters (and ever. This is a must see if you ask me, both Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy are all fantastic and funny).
Here’s a clip of an interview with David Yates:
You worked with Bill Nighy in “Girl in the Café.” Don’t you think he’d make a great addition to the Potter films?
Oh man, I’m already there. The only problem is, we’re looking at the next adaptation and Rufus Scrimgeour, who takes over the Ministry of Magic from Fudge, we’re not sure if he’s going to be in the finished screenplay yet. We’re struggling with it at the moment, and he’s in one moment and he’s out the next. But if he stays in, I’m going to be on the phone quick as a shot to Bill and say, “Bill, come on, you’ve got to do this, man.”
And to David Yates I want to say: “David, come on, you’ve got to do this, man!”