Tag Archives: Fantasy

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

After four bad to mediocre outings, the Harry Potter series gets a much needed change in style, direction and presentation. David Yates takes on the role of director for the rest of the franchise, teasing out the material for all its worth, while also making films that are strong in their own rights. Writer Michael Goldenberg also gives Steve Kloves a much needed break from adapting the books to the screen, opting for a much more trim and economical adaptation, and cinematographer Slawomir Idziak infuses the film with a potent mood and visual allure. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

In a scene about an hour into the film, MadEye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) asks Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) what his strengths are. Harry isn’t sure how to answer. And given how much time the previous three films have spent building the world of Harry Potter, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that it lost sight of fully shaping and developing the titular character. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the most bizarre and surreal entry in the series. Waking nightmares and sequences of terror and panic tear away at the mental and emotional stability of the young wizards. There’s a consistent amount of rain in the opening section and even once that lets up, the feeling of unease lingers throughout the film. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

To be completely honest, I’ve never been able to distinguish this film very well from The Sorcerer’s Stone. To me, they are almost exactly the same film. Yes, the plot, characters and set-pieces are different, but it all feels exactly the same. We do start learning more interesting bits about the history of the world and I do think it does some things better than its predecessor, but I can’t help but notice the sameness of the two films. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

In 2001, the fantasy film genre took off with the launch of two film adaptations of two the most popular and well-loved fantasy novel series. While my 12-year-old self was eagerly counting the days until the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, another fantasy series slipped past my radar. The series was, of course, Harry Potter, a series I didn’t catch up on until recent years. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)