So how was the movie? It was good... in fact it was just ok. It didn't really live up to the other Harry Potter movies, much less to the book it was based on. It was a good cinematic experience in itself.
There's not much that can be said about the movie. It had an ok storyline, the direction was good, and the special effects were great. Characterizations lacked depth. And all in all the acting of the cast was good, save for Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) who seemed to overact at times.
So do I recommend it? It's definitely a movie everybody must watch, but only for the sake of watching it.
This is it. Today is the day when millions (and I actually mean hundreds of millions) of Harry Potter fans troop to the cinema to suffer in long lines, and painfully full theatres just so they could see and experience what they have already seen and experienced through their imagination. Today, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in thousands of cinemas worldwide. And I will be one of many who will be watching it (hopefully).
I expect to leave the movie house filled with awe and excitement. My advice to all you Harry Potter fans who have read the book, enjoy the movie as it is. Don't compare it to the book. Don't look for things that aren't there or that are not supposed to be there. Just watch and savor the wonder of it all. Look at it with fresh eyes. That's what I'm going to do.