DVD Review, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” * * *
He Who Must Not Have a Nose
With “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the saga of the young wizard becomes steeped in allegory. It’s hard not to watch David Yates’ adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s fifth Potter novel and its themes of corruption in the Ministry of Magic, media manipulation and other worldly concerns without seeing it as the first Potter film with one foot in magic and the other in true, adult reality.
But beyond Harry’s battles against the ministry and its efforts to cover up the return of Lord Voldemort (played with supreme creepiness by Ralph Fiennes), “Phoenix” is particularly interesting because Yates infuses the film with other types of realism. Witness how Harry’s cousin, Dudley Dursley, has become what is called a “chav” in British slang — a thug with gold chains who talks like a yob — and how Yates exhibits better than any other previous “Potter” director how a real London co-exists with the wizarding world.
Buy Tickets View all
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 12863Oklahoma tornadoes: Plaza Towers Elementary School teacher shoved students into bathroom as wall collapsed
- 11549Oklahoma tornadoes: Cost, custom keep basements scarce
- 5770Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 5166Downtown wish list includes Super Target
- 4505OU softball: Sooners inspired by Casey Angle, run-rule Texas A&M
- 4325Finding Addyson – One family's struggle in the Moore tornado
- 3991Oklahoma City pastor will face trial in fatal shooting of son-in law
- 3926How to help tornado victims
- 3623Oklahoma tornadoes: Moore tornado was ninth deadliest in Oklahoma history
- 3239Oklahoma tornadoes: Lack of storm shelters floors newcomers to Tornado Alley
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients