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Friday, November 18, 2005

Bloody brilliant

Warning: "Potterese" ahead . . . and if you haven't read "Goblet of Fire," and are planning to see the movie, then don't read this post. There are spoilers ahead, but only if you haven't read the book . . .

First of all I have to say there are discrepancies. I didn't notice a lot of them at first, then talked to my friend Brandon after the movie, and he pointed out a lot of them to me. But I chalk all the changes up to needing to fit the movie into a 2 and 1/2 hour time slot. So as not to let you think it's perfect, I have to give that disclosure.

That being said, it's damn near close to perfect.

You will fall in love with the characters like you never have before, especially the girls, Hermione and Ginny.

Some scenes are cut too short, and they leave you pining for more, because they so clearly depict what you've pictured in your head when reading the book. So for that, I will have to wait for the dvd. Even with some missing minor plotlines, this movie captures the essence of the book, and the major scenes are all done perfectly - the Quidditch World Cup will blow you away; the Yule Ball is a delight; the Triwizard tournament challenges will make you forget to breathe, especially the maze; Cedric's death will make you cry, but not as much as it does in the book; and Voldemort will scare the pants off of you.

There is a major scene at the end that was left out, but I think this can be redeemed by the opening scenes of the next film, so I'm counting on that.

"Goblet of Fire" is the turning point of the Harry Potter, and this movie captures that, even though it makes the mistake of not ending dramatically enough, and doesn't really prepare you for the war that's goint to take place in the next book. This film is darker, funnier, and "the gang" is growing up right before our eyes. However, Michael Gambon's portrayal as Dumbledore completely misses the boat, and it's okay if he stays on for "Order of the Phoenix," because you don't always like him in that book, but I'm hoping he's replaced for the adaptation of "Half Blood Prince." But you do get to hear kids swear. Bloody hell, is that brilliant.

If you ever get a chance to see a Harry Potter movie on opening night, I highly recommend it, even if you do have to babysit for 14 hours straight the next day - it's totally worth it. People cheer for previews ("Narnia"! "Superman"!), and applaud at all the mind blowing scenes in the movie.

By far the best HP movie yet, I might even add it to my top ten fave movies ever. You will cry, too, because you know what Harry has to face in the next two years of his life, and that from here on out, it's a different world.

There's so much more I could say, but for now I'll end by saying see it. It's the best movie I've seen this year.

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Blogger girlfriday said...

I saw it on Friday in the best theatre in town and even that couldn't make up for the disapointing ending. The more I think of the movie, the less I like it. I enjoyed myself all the way through, though I was annoyed at this and that omission, until the end where the director pushed "fast forward." At that point I realized that maybe this movie wasn't as bloody brilliant as some have speculated.

All in all it appears that Prisoner of Azkaban is still the best flick of the lot.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Blogger Julie said...

I. Loved. It.

But I hate knowing what's coming down the pipe in the next two movies.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


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