Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

As some of you have gathered from hints I've left here and there, I'm a big Harry Potter fan. So, as you would expect, I've went to see the new movie today and thought that I would add my vote to the column of "The Best One Yet!" I've enjoyed all the movies, and I still really enjoy the more "innocent" first one, but this one really captures both the fun side and dark side of the book. Of course a lot had to be left out to avoid it being a 5-hour long movie, and it might be a little confusing for anyone who hasn't read the books.

One thing I'd like to mention is the wonderful score by Patrick Doyle. I loved John WIlliams' music and I will say that his is the reason I love movie scores, dating back to Star Wars, which came out when I was 5 years old. But, Patrick Doyle is the composer of one of my all-time favorite scores - Henry V (1989), so when I heard it wasn't Williams doing this film, I was so happy to see (and hear!) that it was Doyle. And he didn't disappoint, it's a wonderful score.

Comments

Anonymous said…
personally, I thought the movie was nothing but a dull skeleton of the book.
Anonymous said…
The movie itself very well may have been the "best" one yet. "Best" is used very loosely here. The movie itself had a very compelling story and was put together very well. The one thing that really pissed me off was how much they left out of the movie or failed to emphasize. Sure, they wanted to avoid a 5 hour long movie, but several points would not have taken long to include. The movie was only around two hrs. running time. They failed to emphasize the use of the imperious curse on Krum. They just said he was cursed. What was supposed to happen anyway was Krum attacked Cedric and use the Cruciatus curse on him. The Unforgivable Curses were only mentioned. The entire thing with the house-elves and "s.p.e.w." never happened. It was supposed to be Dobby who told Harry about Gillyweed. The scene with Rita Sketer being exposed as an unregistered Animagus never happened. In fact, you never learned what an Anamagus even was. Serius never met up with them in Hogsmeade. The Dementors were never brougght back. Speaking of the Dementors, weren't they supposed to give Barty Crouch Jr. the "kiss?" Wasn't that important? That there was no longer a primary source for learning about the plot to kill Harry that year? The fact that Alastor Moody never really taught the students never really got across. They never even mentioned the Dursleys. The fact that Harry has to go there at least once every year is also important. The fact that Karkaroff ran away is important and the fact that Madame Maxime was half Giant was important. I'm sure that there were many other things left out, but my point is that even with adding all of that important stuff that was left out, they could still squeeze the movie down to about two hrs. and 45 mins. Lord of the Rings was longer than that. Those people who didn't read the books will have no idea what's going on in the coming movies. Overall, I would agree that this was the best movie yet, but I think that they could have included alot more imoprtant information.

P.S.
I heard a rumor that they originally planned to split the book apart into two movies. I think that that would have been better...
Anonymous said…
I'm diappointed at this lastest harry potter movie. GOF is my favorite harry potter book and Newell didn't do an excellent job. I personally wished that POA director did GOF. Okay, i will start from how the movie started, it wasn't as eerie as i would have like it to be. I was fine with not seeing the dursley but the way the move from the world quittich cup to the dark mark scene to the hogwart train scene was terrible(when i watched it, my reaction was like WHAT!, while the person i went with didn't understand what was going on. Newell first mistake was not spitting the movie or making it three hours long. I though the secondary character(especially fleur, maybe cedric, and krum) didn't shine as i would have hope. What i did like was the first task. The second task was kind of boring, he could have done something extra(cuaron would have made it more exciting, maybe he would make each of the school's fans to do some magically cheer) but newell just did nothing. what i did like about GOF was the scene with Neville. Okay back to what was wrong with GOF, Newell didn't make the movie flow well, the third task came up as if there will be more tasks to come(just speaking for those who haven't read the book). Then i don't know about you guys but i didn't envision harry potter meeting vol. the way the movie made it. Newell didn't make it dramatic enough( again, i have a great feeling that cuaron would have made it much better, remember POA scene when the dementer froze the lake and attack harry and sirius, now that was dramatic). the deatheater were a dissappointment. i wasn't as sad in the movie when cedric died as i was in the book. What i did like was how DD talked to the school about his death, and the moment when DD talked to harry at his dorm room( although it was very wierd when DD ran up to harry and angrily asked if he put his name in the goblet). i didn't like what he did to Madame Maxime, it was as if Newell made her to be a gross lady. Emma was great-no, close to perfect as hermoine in POA but in GOF, she just overacted, and looked mad most of the time(my goodness the scene when she was naming the three unforgivable curse, she just looked so wierd). Ron was okay, the twin shined more in this movie. the ending of GOf, at first, i didn't like but when i think about it over and over again i finally accepted it and kind of like it. Overall, the movie was okay even though i wrote alot of negative things about it. POA is still my favorite. I can only imagine what Cuaron would have done with GOF, man somehow i have a feeling that the other HP wouldn't be as great or greater than POA.( one more thing, i like GOF music but John William should come definitely come back, Fans of HP should really tell this to the studio like they did when they made a mistake on the harry's poster and the grave yard stone.)
Anonymous said…
I'm a big fan 2. I thought GOF was the best one yet. It was sooo funny. "Hermione.... you're a... girl." -Ron lol