Saturday, December 03, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Friday evening. I wasn't expecting much after the last installment of the series, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Okay, it wasn't the best movie I've ever seen, or even the best movie I've seen this year, but it wasn't the worst either. Mike Newell seems to have done a reasonable job, much better than Alfonso Cuarón managed. It didn't turn out to be the "Harry Potter and the Giblet of Fowl" that I was expecting.

It was quite hard to set aside the fact that Radcliffe et al. looked a lot older than the characters they play, not as bad as a lot of old westerns where the eighteen year old character was played by a fortysomething year old actor, but still a little hard to ignore.

The movie was as with the others very true to the book, but despite the fact that the movie was 157 minutes long, there seemed to be a
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Plot: 15/20
Acting: 15/20
Production: 15/20
Entertainment: 30/40
Total: 75/100
lot of detail missing. I suppose that squeezing 734 pages of fantasy novel into two and a half hours of movie is a bit difficult, but I have a suspicion that another half hour of cut footage may turn up in the 'Special Edition DVD' when it is released.

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter franchise I would recommend you go to see it, but then again, you probably already have. If you are not a fan then I can say that it is not an unpleasant way to spend a few hours.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

Tables are not always bad. OK, they are *mostly* bad, in the sense that most people use them badly, but what we have here is a perfect example of when they are *mandatory* :-P

Do it right, or I'll keep nagging! You have been warned!

5/12/05 11:45  
Blogger Jon said...

I'll get round to your obscure os/browser combination in due course.

Could you sned me a screenshot, so I can see what you are talking about.

Until then this is a 'table-free' zone :)

5/12/05 14:02  

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