Harry Potter and the Great Sequels
August 22, 2009, 05:26 PM
Empire Magazine has a new feature online where they list the "50 Greatest Ever Movie Sequels" including two of the Harry Potter films. Coming in at number 15 was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with the magazine: "David Yates took over the directing reins for this fifth film, based on
the longest - and, some would say, dullest - book in the series, and
knocked it out of the park. Excising large swathes of not much, he cut
it down to one of the leanest films and delivered a barnstorming last
act in the Ministry of Magic, with the sort of magical duels we'd been
waiting four-and-a-half films to see."
The list also include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is ranked at number 24. Of the the third Harry Potter film, the magazine has the following:
"Alfonso Cuaron took over from original director Christopher Columbus,
and with the difficult task of world-building out of the way was able
to take the story and run with it, making Potter feel like a real
adventure story for the first time, and one taking place in somewhere
bordering on the real world.
How does it stack up to the original?
It's better than the previous two, and remains many people's favourite
entry in the series. Potter's relationship with godfather Sirius Black
(Gary Oldman) is beautifully played out, and one of the great "Hell
yeah!"s comes when Hermione punches Draco Malfoy. It's also the first
of the films to use a rather wonderful washed-out colour scheme, and to
revel in its darkness.
Oh, and just to put this out there, HBP is the best adaptation in the series, in my opinion. I’d take the excision of the Hogwarts battle for the excision over the excision of the marauders any day, even if PoA is my #2 favorite.
This goes to show that there is as many people who like different HP Movies as there are warts on a toads nose. To be a true critic one would have to be present when the film was made and then you could tell how difficult it is to make a move. Sometimes things just don’t get thought about till after the movie is all out and then they say well we should have done this or left out that. But a movie is to inspire us and give us intertainment. I allways see things in a move that could have been done better but that is show biz.
Yay! For Harry Potter being on the list. And I liked PoA. And yes, I loved OotP. And as for the dullest book? Well, it was my favourite anyway. :|
I think that Harry Potter and the order of the Fenix was the best movie, for this reason is in that list, although Harry Potter and the half-blood prince was excelent too.
Great to see ’em there! Though I must agree with many here, OOTP dull??? And yea, Prisoner of Azkaban was amazing, the part where Hermione punches Draco…. Awesome :P I do feel bad in HBP though….
@savingharry : HBP was a great adaptation, at least I thought so. Everythinng that was neccessary was there, the acting was AMAZING, it was sad, funny, intense, ect… And I loved the added bit with Draco’s doves :)
I never met a HP movie or book I didn’t like, but I have to say movie 5 was the weakest adaptation of all, so I’m a bit disappointed in the reviewer. I don’t have much respect for movie reviewers anyway though. They seem to not get sci fi/fantasy and to love darkness and drama for its own sake. To me, the point is the juxtaposition of dark and light, or what IS the darkness and how must the light respond, and for that I loved books 5-7 the most. My favorite movie is PoA, which got me interested in the whole series.