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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.


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.
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.


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