God, everything past the first three was so bad. I was wondering how they were going to cram that much book into a 2 hour movie and they failed spectacularly. To this day people who never read the books always complain about how confusing the story is and every time my blood boils a little. "Read the books" I say. "They're really good and you never feel confused by them." The last two movies were good but more so because movies 4-6 were so bad.
I really enjoy Deathly Hallows Part 2. I'm not the biggest fan of Harry Potter, I don't even think I've seen all the movies (if I saw them or not was usually dependent on if I was dating a lady when a new one came out!) but I do think the final film is one of the better examples of a long narrative sticking the landing.
That whole battle at the end of Order of the Phoenix was so fuckin good. It's enough for it to take the cake for me.
Prisoner of Azkaban follows pretty closely though, and then Deathly Hallows Part 2. Also, Half-Blood Prince has a few of the coolest moments in the movies: the ring of fire and both times Harry uses sectumsempra.
The first movie was the best hands down. Every movie after it (Chamber of Secrets to a much lesser extent) felt like they were gradually getting more and more rushed for time while they also still cut out gaping sections of entertaining plot. What I mean by "rushed" is that it actually seems like the actors were told to speak their lines quickly and allow no natural gaps in conversation. It's just a weird way to condense a movie.
And whoever said Goblet of Fire... man... that movie lost me from the very beginning, where the Quiddich World Cup was tossed away at "let the games begin!" It was the one part that could have taken advantage of being a visual medium, and that one section alone took up a good quarter of the book. So disappointing. If anything they could have made Goblet the two-parter and chopped the last book into one movie.
Sorcerers stone still has that magical feeling that the others don't have, two comes close but I love the character Lockhart and the fact that he was played by Branagh made him that much better.
Worst is Azkaban, it is a terrible movie, goddamn that werewolf design...
I most liked Goblet and I felt they did alright fitting as much as they could into the movie. Order is my least favorite, simply because they lazily handwaved half of the story via spinning newspapers... how anybody who didn't read the books was able to follow the plot from Order forward is beyond me. I don't expect the movies to be 1:1 with the books, but that movie goes at such a breakneck speed that it's just exhausting.
However, thinking further on it (dammit, I already voted), the first movie wins out. I remember being blown away at how much the sets and characters fit the images in my mind. It was obviously a labor of love from people who knew the source material well. That got lost as the series went along and they clearly didn't adhere as closely to Rowling's descriptions.
I really liked Goblet of Fire, but that's just because it was my favorite book. I remember it cutting out a whole lot which bummed me out.
Haven't seen Azkaban in a while, but I remember really liking it. And Deathly Hallows pt. 2 was a solid climax to the whole thing.
I liked Azkaban the best, because it has the most identity. The others were really straight adaptations, and I think they suffered for the lack of vision behind them. Also Time Travel! After that I'd probably say the final film, because even if it had that same problem as all the others, separating the last book into two movies at least allowed them to do a fairly accurate adaptation for once. 5 also deserves a special mention if only because it cuts out most of the extraneous bullshit from the book, which makes that story far more tolerable than it originally was.
They cut out the Quidditch match in Goblet of Fire! What the fuck, moviemakers? What the fuck!? Clearly, that cannot be the best movie.
Deathly Hallows, probably, because they didn't try to fit a doorstopper into one 2-hour movie. Instead, they split an almost-doorstopper into two 2-hour movies and it was a much better movie because of it. And yes, I'm considering Deathly Hallows as one movie.
For me The Order of the Phoenix was the best movie but that is only because I loved the book... what a fantastic book. Just loved how JK made you feel about Umbridge, How much she got you into the story because of her...
Just wanted to know how Harry and friends were going to bring her down... could not read fast enough.
Just look at her... SHE IS EVIL and EVIL PEOPLE SUCK...
Have to say the actress did a very good job at player her... so cheers.
Goblet of Fire was my favorite of the books, so I voted for it. I honestly don't remember much about any of them specifically. Just blurry general images like Haggar, a giant spider, a girl in a mirror, some sort of potion lady, an ugly cat, etc...
I read this morning that the actor who played one of the villains in the last few movies died yesterday (July 11).
Prisoner of Azkaban is the only movie that has any real cinematic presence. There's a clear style there that compliments the Potter-verse, the other films are completely bereft of style, they are too subservient to the plot, and source material, without establishing any visual interest. I liken it to drinking Bud Light with a dry-aged, poterhouse steak: you'll really appreciate the steak, sure, because the bland, tasteless Bud Light, largely stays out of the way; but, if instead you had that same steak with a well aged red wine, or an any other well matched spirit or beer, the two stark flavours intermix, complimenting eachother, creating an flavour experience that is, arguably, greater than the sum of it's parts.
It has been years since I've seen the first six movies, so the only ones I can still recall are Deathly Hallows 1&2. I remember being extremely bored when I went to see Goblet of Fire in theaters, and I remember liking the first few a lot. I honestly don't know which one I'd say is my favorite though.
Oddly enough, I think the third film is the only one I haven't seen. I don't understand what's so great about it. I'll have to question anyone who chooses any of the movies in between that and the last one because those movies are not good at all.
The last movie's preeeetty good, you guys.