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Goblet of Fire is great

Posted on 2005.11.20 at 06:40
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Saw the Goblet of Fire today and loved it!

In fact I enjoyed the movie better than the book. Blasphemy I know.  I understand there was a new director and it shows.  The pacing and storytelling seemed  tighter.  The special effects were utterly fantastic.  Every scene was wonderfully rich in visuals.  I need to see it again to be able to look at everything.. The stadium for the World Quidditch cup was fantastic (made me wish we could have seen the game) as were the dragons, and the underwater scene and the goblet of fire.  Really all of it was marvelous. I quite enjoyed the characters becoming more mature and dealing with the angst of trying to get a date for the ball. 

Rita Skeeter was a hoot.  I just wish they'd been able to show her come-uppance. Mad Eye Moody was perfect.  I loved the scene where he turns Malfoy into a ferret. Very fun to see Hagrid with the huge and yet elegant Madame Maxime.  I wished Fleur Delacour had been more compelling as a character.  She was a bit bland especially when she was supposed to be a siren in the book.  I think they were afraid to make her too sexy.

I don't normally go in for HP slash - at all - but for the first time I could see some potential here.  Oh my, that scene where the boys from Durmstrang enter the hall. (Licks lips at all the lovely boys.) The Weasley twins were just adorable.  (Yeah, me and twins.) I loved the one twin (can't remember which)showing Ron how to get a date. Cedric was utterly gorgeous.  I must say that while Harry rescuing Ron from the lake as his "treasure" made sense in the book, when I saw it here, it is just a bit, you know. Oh, but my favorite scene was when Moaning Myrtle joins a very nicely matured Harry in the bathtub. She was obviously enjoying herself and her sly reference to having done the same with Cedric was irresistible.  I don't remember that scene being quite so dicey in the book.  I think it's a matter of minutes until some HP fanfic writer "improves" that scene.  I wonder what a ghostly blow-job in a bubble bath would be like. LOL! 

Anyway, I think this was my favorite HP movie so far - I highly recommend it to all and sundry.


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Capella
capella_fic at 2005-11-20 08:00 (UTC) (Link)
This is the second positive review I've read today, so I shall have to put GoF on my list. Perhaps I'd better work my way through the others first, as I fell asleep in the 2nd and gave the 3rd a miss altogether. But tonight I'm off to see a dark and disturbing movie of a different kind - the long awaited Libertine, starring Johnny Depp in what's already being described as his best ever performance. Will report.

While we're on films, you HAVE to see Y Tu Mama Tambien. Brilliant portrayal of scuzzy teenage boys, all delicious innocence just below the surface bravado. It's a great film but I warn you, you'll be aching by the end of it.
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-11-20 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
You talked me into Y Tu Mama for sure. And yeah, this HP is darker and more mature in a lot of ways. That's probably why I liked it better. Libertine, eh? Let me know how it was when you see it.
Huggles,
Fiery Notes
fierynotes at 2005-11-20 08:14 (UTC) (Link)
Mme Maxime made me think of Lily Tomlin, for some reason. Not a bad thing, since I like Lily Tomlin. (There was one scene in which I thought that Hagrid and Maxime both appeared a bit blurry, compared to the rest of the characters, but I know a bit too much about how special effects are done -- I may have just been seeing things because I expected to see them.)

I knew they had to leave a lot out, but dammit, I wanted to see Bill! (Yeah, I know.)

And I thought Snape ruled, which was all the more impressive for how little dialog he actually had.
Maggie Honeybite
maggiehoneybite at 2005-11-20 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
nd I thought Snape ruled, which was all the more impressive for how little dialog he actually had.

Oh, yes, didn't he? He has a way of looking mysterious and magnetic even when he's in the background (which he was *a lot* in this film), and every time he opens his mouth I just... melt.
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-11-20 21:44 (UTC) (Link)
Almost not enough for a genuine Snape-fix. But enjoyable, nevertheless. Same could be said of evil Lucious Lucius. Not nearly enough of him. Oh well - we await the next movie. Good to hear from you.
Hugs,
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-11-20 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
I can see a bit of Lily in that actress. Something about the serene smile and half closed eyes, I think.
Yes! Bill. Well, we've talked about Bill. Yeah, when the dragons showed up and Hagrid mentioned Bill, I thought Oh goodie! But no, not to be.
Indeed Alan Rickman is fabulous even relegated to small part - but he made the most of what he had and he was a real presence even standing in the background. I loved him knocking Harry and Ron about the head. (A little slapstick humor to relieve the tension.)
ca_tharsis_
ca_tharsis_ at 2005-11-21 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
I agree, elfscribe. And a little Snape, is better than none at all. Can't wait for the Half-Blood Prince movie. Your review was dead-on. This was such an exciting movie, that it made me want to read the book again. Is it just me, or are those twins getting cuter and cuter? Loved the dance drama, and the on-coming maturity of those characters as well. Must admit, I was quite pleased to see Mrtyle getting a little naughty in the tub. Not a bad translation from the book. (And isn't Harry filling out nicely?) All in all, I'd see it again tomorrow, if I could.
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-11-21 05:31 (UTC) (Link)
Hi catharsis, nice to hear from you. Agree that Alan Rickman as Snape was great, although not enough of him. And yeah those twins, never particularly impressed me before, rather gawky but now . . . mmmm. I enjoyed the Rita Skeeter character here better than in the book. In the book she was positively horrible - as she was meant to be. In the movie, she had a certain unprincipaled charm. LOL. Again, didn't you think she and Harry in the broom closet was a bit dicey? (And agreed Harry is filling out nicely.)
ca_tharsis_
ca_tharsis_ at 2005-11-26 23:08 (UTC) (Link)

You're right about the twins, from gawky to cute! I think it's the hair, and better dialogue.

Hmmm... if by dicey you mean, flirting in the zone of "forbidden fruit", where I constantly stay, then yeah! Sure it was innocent enough, but if you've read the books then you get the idea J. K. Rowling never intended for this to be a children's story. I'm not implying anything sordid, just that her imagination likes to "color outside of the accepted lines" so to speak. I think she's a slasher at heart, just got caught in the spotlight, that's all. If you didn't mean it that way, then neither did I. *looks innocent*

Seriously, no under-age controversy intended. It's just that books have a way of taking you where the big screen can't, and Mrs. Rowling definitely knows how to go there. I can't wait for Snape to get to finally have it out with Harry, as he does in the last book. Such tension. I CRAVE Snape. But his showdown comes at a great expense, unfortunately. Have you read it? I don't want to give anything away.

I love the actress who played Rita. She is talented. She played a halarious, spoiled brat Queen Mary, in a British sitcom I used to watch, called "Black Adder." I'm so glad she was chosen for this part. I do wish the author herself could make a small appearance in the movies, the way Stephen King has been known to do in his movies. She's a mature woman, using this beautiful boy to take on such dark themes. One can't help but feel a kinship. *smiles*

Take care.

*hugs*
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-12-01 02:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're right about the twins, from gawky to cute! I think it's the hair, and better dialogue.

*looks innocent back* grins.
And I have to confess I haven't read the last two books yet. I'm in the middle of reading Order of the Phoenix, but I keep putting it down to read other stuff.
Thank you for telling me who Rita Skeeter was! Gad. When I saw her, I did this squinty thing, you know, muttering under my breath "I know I've seen that actress somewhere before . . ." and of course, I LOVE Black Adder. She was great, wasn't she as Rita?
Re: J.K. Rowling - I think it's fabulous she's been so successful and deservedly so - long live her creation, I say.
gally
nimfaeriel at 2005-11-30 05:55 (UTC) (Link)
i saw the movie a week ago with friends (in a room full of chinese, it was surprising i didn't mind people talking as i thought i would) and... well nice but i was a bit disppointed i have to say.

yes, some amazing scenes, i loved the lake, the quidditch cup (what i shame that passage was so short!), the foreign schools arrival in the great hall, and lots of small details put everywhere, funny and sweet.

but, the maze was really unsatisfaying, sooo empty, and voldemort... didn't work for me, the final fight was also very quick and not so impressive as i had imagined it. and there were things you couldn't fully appreciate because not everything was said (even worse for people who didn't read the books, they were lost, especially about time passing)

ah well, i still enjoyed myself, really liked the lake and its creatures!
got to go, can't wait till i got my laptop!
take care
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2005-12-01 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
gally! *squeal* Good to hear from you. Hope you are okay.
Ah well, sorry you didn't like the movie so much. It is hard when you imagine something vividly for someone's else's vision to come to expectations. I had some of that experience with LOTR movies (but overall I loved them so much that I forgave the places where I disagreed with it.)
Hugs,
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