Thursday, July 12, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

(Great Britain/USA, 2007, 132 minutes)

Harry Potter and his friends start secret classes to practise their magic skills after the Ministry of Magic, disbelieving of the imminent return of the dread Lord Voldemort, attempts to stamp its control over Hogwarts. Fifth in the highly popular book-to-film series is basically a compact illustration of the book’s highlights; good-looking but merely functional, and unlikely to appeal to anyone who hasn’t seen the previous instalments.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson. Directed by David Yates; produced by David Heyman, David Barron; screenplay by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling; music by Nicholas Hooper; director of photography (Technicolor, widescreen), Slawomir Idziak; production designer, Stuart Craig; costume designer, Jany Temime; film editor, Mark Day; visual effects supervisor, Tim Burke.

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