Saturday, April 22, 2006

Stardate 60307.40 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Cheryl and I finally got around to watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire via NetFlix. It was pretty bad. The editing, in particular, seemed awful. Significant scenes cut to scenes with no mention of the serious, significant events that had just taken place (the death of a minor ministry character comes to mind). Things were missing, while other scenes (such as the maze) were too long and drawn-out. It was also pretty boring in spots.

I think the books have gotten too long to effectively be made into a single movie. At over 2 hours, the movie still could not capture the book adequately. I held off reading Jessica Stover's review until just now, and I see that not only does she agree with me, she is even more harsh and is swearing off the films completely.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the Book A
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the Movie C-
We have two movies from NetFlix out right now, Maria Full of Grace and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Cheryl was so disappointed in Harry Potter that she wants to put off the Narnia movie and watch Maria first.



JM said...

Narnia is much more solid than any of the HP movies.

And, Maria felt very real to me (in a good way). It's a good film.

-s said...

Good thing I swore off the HP movies before they even started coming out! Also, good thing I never read the books. Phew.

CAPT_Sawyer said...

Your loss on the books...they really are quite good, although books 2 & 3 were a little repetitive in terms of adoptive family keeps Harry down in the first chapter or so, dark arts teacher = bad, and big fight at end with Voldemort or some aspect of Voldemort.

But especially as the later books have taken a bit of a darker tone, the story has become even more captivating.