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post #1 of 29
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Well, I am an idiot. I have seen regular TV in I don't know how long so I only saw the bus posters announcing the movie as 7/11/7. To me that means the 7th of November. But no - it is July 11th.

Well, I have been waiting for this movie forever! I haven't been to the movie theatre since HP4 was in the theatres (November 2005). So I contacted my friends with whom i do movies with (as hubby doesn't like the HP movies) and we have made a date for a girls night out. I actually prebought the tickets for this Thursday.

I feel kinda guilty leaving the DH to deal with both boys for an entire evening on his own, including bedtime, but I should be home hopefully by 9:15 (6:40 show).

Anyone else excited about this movie?
post #2 of 29
I can't wait to see this movie!!!! I loved the book. I thought it was the best one out so far! I hope the director did better on this movie than the last one that was out. I paid to go to the movie, and went to sleep while I was there. I read the books and the director really killed the last movie.
post #3 of 29
The movie adaptations are always disappointing for any book I've read. Personally, I don't see them wearing Old Navy clothes and jeans when I read. I picture them in their school robes....They didn't do too bad with the plot on the 4th one though. I just wonder if the movies will keep getting longer.
post #4 of 29
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I have been thinking that each movie is getting worse and further from the book, but I still can't not see it if you know what I mean.

Maybe I'll be pleasantly suprised!
post #5 of 29
I want to see it as Shrek 3, but right now budget is tight so I will have to wait till it comes out on dvd
post #6 of 29
Adymarie,
The US is just about the only country that thinks that the month should come before they day for some reason. Yankee rebellion? Ha ha, who knows what they were thinking.
But I too am very excited about the movie followed by the last book next week..
The movies do leave a lot of important details out, but who could sit through a 8 hour movie! But they get the point across. When I go see the movies with my non-book-reading brother, I wind up explaining the missing details to him!
post #7 of 29
I'm waiting impatiently... but it does come out the day after my birthday so how cool is that???
post #8 of 29
I'm looking forward to it coming out aswell.. I havent read any of the books but I seem to enjoy the movies..
post #9 of 29
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I keep checking with my DH that it is still ok that I have a girls night out. I haven't had one of those in over a year and a half!
post #10 of 29
If I get back from the meetup in London on time I may go and see it at the drive in, if not then probably Monday because I still have 1/2 price Monday tickets they sent me for my birthday
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
If I get back from the meetup in London on time I may go and see it at the drive in, if not then probably Monday because I still have 1/2 price Monday tickets they sent me for my birthday
On time and not drunk as Nat apparently wants to get you drunk!
post #12 of 29
I know that the movies have begun to stray from the books, but I still enjoy them just the same.

I'm very excited about the movie!
post #13 of 29
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I want to see it as Shrek 3, but right now budget is tight so I will have to wait till it comes out on dvd
It wasn't as good as the other two.. not even close, but still cute.

I am a big Harry Potter fan and so is DH and my little sister (age 19). So, we're all going to see it together this week and we're all sooo excited!!

It worked out really well since my mom and sister are coming to visit us.. driving from Texas, next week


One thing.. I really really really really miss the old Dumbledore Obviously they can do nothing about that, but the original one had such a mystical feel to him that just isn't there anymore.
post #14 of 29
I'm not a fan of Harry Potter, but my husband certainly is! He's going to see the midnight showing tonight while I sit at home and study for my test tomorrow. At least he's out of my hair
post #15 of 29
I've already got my ticket for thursday and am taking the afternoon off work to go see it Hopefully I'll avoid hordes of small people as the schools haven't broken up for the summer yet. The films aren't a patch on the books but I still enjoy them and think they've got better as they've gone on. The 3rd film was the first one, imo, that was actually like a film with visual themes etc rather than a kids tv series. I got over any "film should be like the book" ideas with LotR. Different medium and I'd rather see something that worked on screen but didnt' follow the book pedantically than something that attempted to be a visual replica of the book but just didnt' work as a film.

p.s. - how come it opens in the US on 11th? It doesn't open here until friday 13th although there are previews on Thursday 12th.
post #16 of 29
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p.s. - how come it opens in the US on 11th? It doesn't open here until friday 13th although there are previews on Thursday 12th.
Good question! Our movies in theaters usually begin on Fridays as well, and videos in stores are always released on Tuesdays. The 11th is an odd day for us as far as I know.
post #17 of 29
I'm very excited. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and even though I'm very devoted to the books way over the movies, I enjoy the movies for what they are- movies. I'm ecstatically excited for the book, though it's bittersweet because I don't want it to end!
post #18 of 29
I can't wait to see this movie. Sadly, I need to wait almost TWO weeks until after the US release date as the theater on post won't get it until around the 27th!
post #19 of 29
Seeing it Saturday and I cant wait!! I absolutely love Harry Potter and so does my boyfriend. They built a new IMAX theater half an hour from where I live .. So when the craze dies down, we're going to go see it there. The last half hour will be in 3D
post #20 of 29
omgomgomg it's on today!!!! it's been on for 11 hours!!!! *bounces* must see HP!!!
post #21 of 29
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I can't wait!! Tonight I get to see it. Tickets are purchased already - as long as DH and the kids are still ok, 12 hours from now I will just be finishing the movie!
post #22 of 29
My daughter got to see it yesterday she says its great. Now I cant wait to see it. My hubby dont like them so now if I want to go ill have to go by myself. And that wont happen since I dont like to go anywhere by myself so Im stuck unless I can talk him into going with me.
post #23 of 29
DH and I saw the movie yesterday, and we were both disappointed. He's never read any of the books, and I just finished re-reading #5 so it would be fresh in my mind when I saw the movie. Maybe I shouldn't have done that; thru-out the entire movie, I kept thinking 'this isn't how it goes' or 'what happened to the part....'. Entire sections of the book were left out, including some that I felt were absolutely necessary. There were some parts where I think someone took 'artistic license' a little too far.

Maybe I was expecting too much? I would have gladly sat thru an extra hour if it meant the movie wasn't so choppy. I can watch the first 4 movies repeatedly; I don't know if I could do that with #5. I wouldn't say 'don't go' because it is enjoyable. It's just not as good as it should have been.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
DH and I saw the movie yesterday, and we were both disappointed. He's never read any of the books, and I just finished re-reading #5 so it would be fresh in my mind when I saw the movie. Maybe I shouldn't have done that; thru-out the entire movie, I kept thinking 'this isn't how it goes' or 'what happened to the part....'. Entire sections of the book were left out, including some that I felt were absolutely necessary. There were some parts where I think someone took 'artistic license' a little too far.

Maybe I was expecting too much?
probably. with really dense books, like the later HP books [4, 5, 6, probably 7], Gone With The Wind, The Stand - they really can't put everything in - there's just not enough time. IMO, short stories translate much better to movies than novels ever do. some of the best Stephen King movies have been made from his short stories. that's probably why the earlier HP movies were closer to the books - those books are shorter, not as densely packed with stuff - more 'surface' storytelling. they're not as enjoyable as books, IMO, but the moviemakers can do a better job of putting all of it on the screen.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by yam102284 View Post
Seeing it Saturday and I cant wait!! I absolutely love Harry Potter and so does my boyfriend. They built a new IMAX theater half an hour from where I live .. So when the craze dies down, we're going to go see it there. The last half hour will be in 3D
Soooo cool! 3D??? I'm so checking out the IMAX theatre by us!
post #26 of 29
We saw it, I was not impressed in the least. From now on, I am going to reading the books. Done with the movies- and HATED all the commercials 29 minutes of commercials
post #27 of 29
" 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' took in $44.8 million in its first day, the best single-day gross ever for a movie on a Wednesday"

That was on the ticker that scrolls across the top of my screen.
post #28 of 29
I saw it yesterday and enjoyed it. Much as I love the books, I have to admit that book 5 is badly in need of a good editor and so I was glad that the film was a pared down verion of the book. Although there were a few things in the book I'd have liked to have seen in the movie (eg the scenes at St Mungos), in general I thought the changes were good and improved the movie. A literal translation from book to screen would have been a disaster. I was also a bit disappointed that some characters - eg McGonagall and Tonks - had hardly any screen time. But on the plus side I thought Daniel Radcliffe showed he can actually act in this one and there were some touching scenes between him and Sirius. I liked the scene at the ministry where Harry was possessed by Voldemort - quite creepy seeing Voldie's head on Harry's body!

As people were leaving I heard a few people say it was boring, and I can see where they're coming from. For anyone who's not a Potter fan it might seem a bit dull as it's short on action, and for anyone who's an ardent Potter fan and hates any deviation from the books - well, you're blood pressure will soar! It's not the best film ever made, but I thought it was pretty good and will be going to see it again.

btw there was a great scene with crookshanks and the extendable ears (can't remember whether that's in the book?) which will raise a smile from any cat lover
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post

btw there was a great scene with crookshanks and the extendable ears (can't remember whether that's in the book?) which will raise a smile from any cat lover
Nope - it isn't in the book! But it was a nice addition.

Well I saw it yesterday and I must say I was pleasantly suprised. I really dislike HP4 the movie - they chopped the book to pieces and changed major plot lines. I was afraid they would do it to HP5.

While they changed some small plot lines I found it remained fairly true to the intregrety of the book.

The woman who played Dolores Umbrige did an excellent job of pulling her from the book (boy did that lady love her cats!). I think that the only thing I like about High Inquisitor Umbridge were her moving cat plates.

Daniel Radcliffe is not the scrawny young boy he was in HP1 - he is built now, although they try to hide some of that with the clothes.

Rupurt Grint and Emma Watson are showing more depth in this movie as is the boy who plays Neville.

Alan Rickman is wonderful as usual as Snape and Helene Bonham Carter makes an excellent addition as Bellatrix Lestrange.

The girl who played Luna "Looney" Lovegood, did an excellent job (had had gorgeous hair).

Had a few issues with how they changed Cho's part, but hey - it moved the movie along.

All in all - I enjoyed and look forward to buying the DVD.
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