Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Again)

Day 14. 0 pages, 0 words.

I reviewed this nine years ago, when we saw it at the cinema.

Watched it again with Wump last night, and it was as un-gripping as I remember. Wump was underwhelmed. Huge book, lots going on, and the movie managed to be a dull, cut-to-ribbons hodgepodge with nothing much to recommend it.

Still, fun evening.

We also watched the new Magnificent Seven movie on Friday. It was cool. I think the “original” had more heart, and the true original was a classic, but this was a fun action movie with plenty of nice Western tropes. Not quite Unforgiven, but close.

I was left wondering why they hadn’t made Suicide Squad as a retelling of the Magnificent Seven. The premise of the story perfectly suited the plot. Each character could have been properly introduced amidst the unfolding of the enemy scheme. And the whole thing is a reboot anyway, so plagiarism is apparently fine. It wouldn’t even have been the first movie to borrow the trope.

Also, this version of the movie was basically a played-straight version of Blazing Saddles.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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8 Responses to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Again)

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Sometimes I can’t figure out you and movies, my brother. To avoid another “Edge of Tomorrow” disaster, I’ll leave it at that XD

    • stchucky says:

      You liked Order of the Phoenix?

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        As a kid’s movie, and coming from a fan of the series? Sure. Different standard for me.

      • stchucky says:

        I did actually think as I was watching it, “you definitely get way more out of this if you just read, or are very familiar with, the book.” It seemed to cut a lot of corners and skip through bits that the book covered, and that was fine. I guess by movie #6 they’re not really needing to cater to the non-readers. It would be lost on them, which could be argued as a positive.

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        Think of it like all the times I tried to explain to you what I didn’t like about this-or-that Dr. Who episode. Actually, now that I write that, *I* need to also think of it like that! XD

      • stchucky says:

        “Also”? A little bit hurt that I’m once again not getting very hard-earned credit here.

      • stchucky says:

        Didn’t mean that to sound as harsh as it did, I mean that you don’t need to remember to do this either, you already do it plenty. I think I’ll quit the Internet while I’m … ahead?

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        Yeah. I went home sick today at noon, I think let’s just chalk this whole thing up as a loss and start on something new tomorrow. LOL =/

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