Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

15 07 2007

I have to preface this posting with:  I loved, loved, LOVED this movie.

Apparently the critics and many people weren’t so kind in their reviews of this film, but as has pretty much always been the case.  If the critics hate a film, I generally love it.  So I’m either rebellious by nature, or simply polar opposites when it comes to what I find entertaining.
I know I’m not alone though, there will be literally millions of people out there that agree with me, and I’m sure the number of people who loved the film will far out weigh those who don’t.

We caught the 10pm session of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the Seattle IMAX theatre as a portion of the film was being shown in 3D.  We’d purchased our tickets almost 2 weeks in advance, so all we had to do was arrive at the cinemas early to queue for seats.  Unfortunately in most cinemas here seats are not allocated.  So if you want a good one, you get there early.  If you’re really clever, you get there early, and split up.  One of you goes and grabs food and drinks, while the other stakes out decent seats and then waves like a crazed imbecile to let the other person know where those seats are in the dimly lit cinema.  πŸ˜‰

Of course, as is always the case, we certainly weren’t the only people there with that theory.

We’d left home around 6pm, to go and grab an early dinner in Seattle at Benihana Seattle a Japanese Sushi and Teppanyaki style restaurant.  An awesome dining experience where the food preparation is also entertaining, as the chef throws knives, ingredients, spins condiment containers, and then presents beautifully prepared and sensationally tasting food to each of the diners sitting around the grill itself.  If you get a chance go and see for yourself.  Yummo!

By the time dinner was over, and we arrived at the IMAX it was nearly 9pm, and the queue for tickets was a good 200m long.  Fortunately when the doors opened the line moved very quickly.

Anyway, the point is, as far as I’m concerned, the movie was brilliant.  Certainly worth going to see, in fact I do believe we’re going to see it again sometime soon, this time without the 3D portion.  Why you might ask?  Well, I’d have to respond: Why not? πŸ˜‰

One word of warning though, it’s a long film.  If you’re going to have a large drink during the movie, plan on missing part of it for a toilet break.  If you’re a little more radical, have yourself fitted with a catheter first. πŸ˜‰
You really don’t want to miss anything.