We were fortunate enough to have been offered VIP tickets to a catered preview-screening of the latest Harry Potter film, which opens tomorrow. Here you see the excited faces of Bella and Grayson after the meal but before the movie:
We don't have "after" shots, because we were just so desperate to escape once it was over, we didn't think of anything else. Nutshell review from Alex and me: Longest movie evaaaaaar. We are pretty sure we could have pieced it together in 27 minutes, with plenty to spare.
My 10-year-old nephew, Grayson, rates every movie he sees with either a numeric 1-10 quantity or a percentage, and he's usually pretty generous. He's a HUGE Harry Potter fan, both of the books and the movies, and should represent the bullseye demographic. His favorite of all the movies so far is #4, "Goblet of Fire." That one got an 8.6 on a scale of 1-10. How did "Order of the Phoenix" measure up? 5.2. 'Nuff said.
Bonus impressions: The photography in the first 5 minutes was just beautiful. In the entire remainder of the film, every single character is so sallow and sunken-eyed that they appear to all be suffering from scurvy. And the Scariness Factor was slightly intense in the first 10 minutes, but not too bad at all after that. Bella was not terribly perturbed.
Top that review, Peter Travers.