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Posted By: harpmolly
12-Dec-05 - 09:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Harry Potter film (Goblet of Fire)
Subject: RE: BS: Harry Potter film (Goblet of Fire)
I loved it! :)

(spoiler warnings)...

I really enjoyed it pretty much from beginning to end. I know there are bits that could have been done better, but I still felt that it cohered well and had (FINALLY!) some actual urgency and meat to the acting.

I remember being furious with "Azkaban" as a film because, even though they did some really wonderful stuff, they cut a ton of information out of the Shrieking Shack scene (i.e. the four Animagi and James Potter being Prongs) that would have taken, IMHO, about thirty seconds to leave in. I didn't feel that way at all this time.

Also, I actually really like Michael Gambon as Dumbledore (even though I keep having to fight visions of him in "The Cook, the Thief, His WIfe and Her Lover"...ewww!). Richard Harris was wonderful at being the kindly old mentor, but I think we needed to see how powerful and almost scary he could be. Yes, there should have been more at the end, I agree.

I also wish they'd beefed up the conflict between Ron and Harry and left in the bit where Harry throws his badge at Ron and says, "There, now you've got a scar on your forehead too...that's what you want, isn't it?" I always loved that line. But overall I loved it. The Weasley twins (jailbait crushes, I admit) were terrific, Ginny is looking awfully cute, Hermione is well-nigh ravishing, and Harry himself ain't too bad. And Cho Chang (complete with awesome thick Scottish accent) was perfect. I also especially liked the prefect's bathroom scene, with Shirley Henderson hamming it up big time (again, I just have to keep ignoring my mental pictures of her in "Topsy Turvy" belting out Gilbert & Sullivan, or God help us, in "Trainspotting").

And Ralph Fiennes NAILED Voldemort. That was my biggest fear, that they would overdo it, and he acted it with such power and yet without overdoing it (no mad cackling, etc.) I was way more creeped out and fascinated with Voldemort in the film than I was in the book!

OK, I really didn't mean to go off. I'll stop now. ;)


P.S. Donuel, that's great! Get that boy a wand and turn him loose on the Wizard Dueling circuit! ;)