MoBob and I went to the 4pm showing of Order of the Phoenix at the theater next to Dupont Circle so that MB could go straight to his TOEFL class afterwards. Surprisingly there were less than twenty people present - all adults, the majority of whom looked as if they'd nipped out of work early, and one possibly homeless person who slept in the back row.
I thought HP5 was better than HP4 for sure, and HP3 remains my overall favorite. I wasn't too wild about HP5 the book and CAPSLOCK!Harry, but I thought the film was a good translation of the text. I liked how some elements were interpreted, like the family tree tapestry.
I also liked how Ginny was given more screen time, especially during the scene where Harry approaches Cho and the Ginny is shown looking longingly over her shoulder at him, and how her prowess at the Reducto spell was highlighted. (No budget for the Bat-Bogey Hex?)
The kiss between Cho and Harry was handled nicely, especially how they stood physically apart and with the mistletoe growing above. (MB asked me what that was.)
I loved the beautiful overhead shots of London.
Luna was super though I wished during her first scene she was wearing those famous spectacles!
Neville looked good too - I'm glad he was the one who found the Room of Requirement - and finally Seamus didn't have to act like a clown. I thought Ron got shafted on screen time though.
Finally someone other than myself who likes PoA the most!
I haven't seen OotP yet (which I'm planning to on Sunday), but I'm not sure the Cuaron fangirl in me will ever allow me to like an HP movie more than PoA.
I keep hearing how OotP is teh best HP movie yet, and how Umbridge and Luna are awesome, and I'm desperately trying not to keep my hopes up. Which is why I liked your review the most, 'cuz if I hate it, you won't be one of the people I'll have to shoot.
I saw it this morning but without Paul. He wasn't interested. I went to the matinee and, surprisingly, the theater was only about 1/3 full. Mostly kids with parents but a few solitary adults like me. I concur with you except that I liked four better than five.