Don't read any review written by a fan of the book, they're just upset that the film had to cut out a lot of the lengthy book's less important stuff. That being said when I first viewed this film I disliked it because the story was too complex and adult for my young mind the appreciate. But with age I've grown so fond of this film and it is my favorite of the bunch. The actress playing Umbridge did amazing and even though the 4th film introduced a not so scary Voldemort, he managed to creep me out in this one. Forget the book and just appreciate how hard David Yates worked to make this, given that the source material was not film- worthy.
I'm not one who believes that films adapted from books need to be completely and utterly faithful, but for an adaptation, this film is weak. Granted, the fifth is the longest book in the Potter series, but the amount that Steve Kloves and David Yates cut out of the book when writing the screenplay is atrocious. Well, it's not really the amount as much as it is what exactly they cut out. Sure, the house elf subplot was bound to be cut out, but the St. Mungo's sequence? It is vital to character-building, not to mention able to clear up Arthur Weasley's attack and that he was actually okay. And the final sequence in the Ministry? Really rushed and choppy and just completely botched. That said, the cast of this film produced some of their best work in the series. Imelda Staunton was the true star of the whole thing, and her portrayal of Umbridge was absolutely flawless. Helena Bonham Carter also made a fantastic series debut as the sadistic Belatrix Lestrange. This was by far my least favorite of the Potter films. It had much more potential than was used. That said, it is still worth watching. It has its exciting moments.
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DO NOT WATCH THIS! IT TOTALLY SUCKS! IF YOU LIKE HARRY POTTER AT ALL, YOU WILL NOT DISHONNOR THE GREAT Serie! BY WATCHING THIS MOVIE!!!! THIS MOVIE TEBBLS YOU NOTHING! IT LEAVES OUT ALL THE IMPORTANT DETAILS! IT IS TOTAL TRASH! YOU WON't KNOW A THING ABOUT THE SERIES IF YOU WATCH THIS! DO YOURSELF A MATOR FAVOR AND GO GO FIND THE BOOKS, READ UP ON WHAT THE OTHER MORIES LEFT OUT, AND DON'T BOTHER WITH ANY OF THE MOVIES!
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