Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the first amongst the movie series that I failed to watch on its opening day! Nasira record ko! The book is my favorite read because it is action-packed and shows more 'secrets' in regards to Sirius Black, Snape and James Potter.
Got the chance to see it at last-- with Andee-- lined up for its first screening yesterday morning after work (di na nga ako nagbihis e). We were supposed to be first in line, but a large group of Koreans beat us to it. When the tills opened 15 minutes earlier than the usual 10:30am, there was already a long, long queue.
The movie was ummm.. great?!?--- that is-- IF the screening time was twice its actual length (sobrang bitin!), IF my most awaited scenes were included.... the actual O.W.L.S. exams, Prof. McGonnagal's and Dolores Umbridge's hilarious exchanges of katarayaness (panalo!!), Sirius Black's screaming grandmother's portrait, and of course, the battle scene at the Ministry of Magic. The movie is a bit of a disappointment, as a Potter fan I was expecting more, obviously, much like when we compare the reading material to the big screen (sounds familiar, di ba teh?!?)
Those who watched the movie but were not able to read the book might be at a lost, or confused. There was not enough information about the Order of the Phoenix though. Luna Lovegod was casted perfectly! The look, the voice, everything as described in the book-- though not a bit of a background info about her being the daughter of a tabloid publisher. Overall, I'd give it a 6. Sayang. I just hope the connecton between Harry and Neville Longbottom will 'emerge' in the next movie installment.