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The Harry Potter movie franchise is amazing. We have four movies out of seven so far and not a single one has disappointed. Is it because they are trying to stay true to the books? Possibly. The books are all very good, but good books do not always make good movies. The series reminds me of Lord of the Rings in the level of quality that is being produced.

So the latest in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, lives up to the hype of the series. I don't think it was the best of the series, i think that honor still lies with the Prisoner of Azkaban, but it's close. GoF is a big story and there is lots of action and special effects to fill the screen. There has been several reviews complaining about things getting cut from the book, but honestly I would have cut the same type of things if I were making the movie. Do we really need more of Dobby? He is Harry Potter's Jar Jar Binks, if you ask me.

All in all, they turned out a great action movie for this one.

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etherpunk
Nov. 20th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
I have to disagree with you that none of them have been disappointing. I think the third one was a lot weaker than the rest. I haven't seen Goblet of Fire yet (seeing it tonight in about 2 hours) but I was not as impressed with Prisoner of Azkaban as I was with the rest of the films.
patrick
Nov. 20th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Ah interesting, see I think that Prizoner of Azkaban is the best Harry Potter movie so far. The mystery of the story translated well to the screen and the director took the series in a new direction that i felt worked really well. If I were to rate the four movies from best to work it would go:
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Sorcerer's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
etherpunk
Nov. 20th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
I think my problem with Prisoner of Azkaban is there were elements left out that I felt were key to the story, such as the relationship between Snape and Sirius Black, James Potter, and Peter Pettigrew. That was such an important part of the book, and it wasn't even made mention of.

Also, they completely ignored the origin of the Marauder's Map. That was another one of my favorite sequences from the book.
patrick
Nov. 20th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
Those parts are interesting, and I will give that I would have liked them to have touched on Lupin's familiarity with the map because it wraps into the Maruader's and that history. There is millions of details that I would have liked to have seen, but that's what reading the book is for. The most important parts of the story in Azkanban is Harry's relationship with Sirius Black and Reemus Lupin, the time turner, and Harry's Patronus.

Snape's relationship with them doesn't really expand until Order of the Phoenix and it can wait until then.
doyouhaveaflag
Nov. 20th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
If you are interested in my opinion, my favorite book has been Goblet of Fire, and it is also my favorite film so far. Among other things, the acting is much improved.
patrick
Nov. 20th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Of course I'm interested in your opinion.
The acting was very solid in GoF. But having just watched all the movies very recently, I don't think that the acting was bad in any of them. The children get stronger with each movie, but the personalities of the characters get stronger in each book, too. It's the natural progress of the story that J.K. Rowling has made.

If we are going to be judging the adults in the movies, I think that, Brendan Gleeson's Mad-Eye Moody aside, the adults were standard to slightly below par in GoF. A lot of them didn't have much to work with honestly. And I'm not happy with Dumbledore at all. But he doesn't really get to shine until Half Blood Prince anyways.

For books, I liked Order of the Phoenix more than Goblet of Fire.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
HP flicks
I have a big gripe with GOF that no one else seemed to pick up on who read the books. I enjoyed GOF but I think the director was in love with the facial reaction close-up, they were all over the place. And my biggest complaint lies at the very end of the movie which contains spoilers if you haven't read the books or seen the movie so beware. (begin spoiler) Alright, Diggory is dead, there was a very touching scene when the body is seen, I felt that. Dumbledore gives his speech, Voldemort is back, alive and kicking, tread lightly. And then...nothing. No feeling of tension from the students, especially our main trio. No showing the real Moody at all except for at the botton of the truck. No Malfoy and company receiving the business end of a spell for talking smack. And the thing that really killed me, the movie ended in laughter and fun. I know that they could not get most of the book in this movie but I believe that a crucial part of GOF is the feeling of tension and fear at the end of the book that was capped off nicely with Hermione enbracing Harry at the end while the Dursleys came to pick him up from Platform 9 3/4. I also would have liked seeing Black, Lupin and Snape receive their orders from Dumbledore but again, things had to be cut. (end spoiler) People are saying how much more dark this one is than the others and I actually think that POA is the darker of the two with the exception of Diggory's death. Of course this is just the opinion of one movie snob, take it as you will.
patrick
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: HP flicks
I forgot that we get a glimpse of the Order at the end of the book. hmm. That would have been a neat little tease and of course I would like to have seen more of Gary Oldman than just a strange computer effect in the fire (which I saw completely differently in my head then how they did it in the movie. my head's vision was so much cooler.) But really that's just nitpicking details. Sure, wouldn't it have been funny to see Hermione knitting hats for SPEW and the Kitchen would have been neat to see but then we would have to have house elfs in the movie again and that won't do anyone any good. It's bad enough that we might have to have Krechter in the next one, at least we dodged Winky (so far). But I digress.
annaleigh
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
did you happen to notice that there was a recurring appearance of mirrors and/or reflections? i don't remember that from the book...
patrick
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
I missed that. I'll have to look for that next time I watch it. Interesting, I wonder what the director is trying to say about the story with that? Harry's duel sense of self? Harry and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named mirror each other even though they and enemies? Hmm....

Why would that need to be in the book? hehe.
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