The latest installment of the storied franchise shakes off the cobwebs of flaws the previous two films have fallen prey to, and delivers in spades. Those who thought Cuaron’s Azkaban was the best and Order of the Phoenix the worst will find much to like about this film. Like Azkaban, changes were made to better suit the film format. The dimwits who haven’t figured out that novels and films are two very different mediums will probably not enjoy this picture. Slight changes were made to enable better pacing and add more drama. The only nitpick I found was foreshadowing of the next two adventures that wasn’t apparent in the book. Since almost everyone watching the movies have read the books, it probably isn’t an unforgivable error.
Much praise should be given for the look and feel of this film: dark. The darkest yet, and that’s a good thing. Lots of bleak scenes, as if the weather was eternally overcast. I hope for more darkness in both theme and picture to come.
4 wands out of 5