The Best Harry Potter Yet

28 11 2005

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a movie review. But how can someone pass up the oppurtunity to write a review about a Harry Potter film?

Caley and I were fortunate enough to have free babysitters this past Wednesday. Ethan’s Oma and Aunt Cristey were down for Thanksgiving and had no qualms about being left alone with Ethan for a couple hours. So off we went to the first movie we’d seen in two months.

We get to the movie with plenty of time to spare and decide to check out the arcade. Can you believe they’re trying to charge 50¢ to play Galaga or Ms. Pacman? We find prime seating in the back middle and pat ourselves on the backs as we watch the theater fill to capactiy around us (why didn’t I bring my PSP?).

The trailers start eventually and we’re treated to a big screen showing of the Superman Returns teaser. It almost brought tears to my eyes. And then we sat there and asked the usual question, “What are we seeing?” It always seems to happen. You sit through 20 minutes of ads and 8 minutes of movie trailers and you forget what you even came to the theater to see.

Finally, Harry Potter in “the best book of the series, so far”. Now, I’m not going to give you a whole run down of what the plot of the movie is and who the actors are. I’m simply going to tell you what I liked and what didn’t work so well for me. To start, I felt the beginning scene of the Quidditch World Cup was a little out of the blue. The viewer has no idea where or why they are transported to a fantastical showing of magic sports. And as suddenly as it has begun, it stops. I really felt as though the beginning was rushed; the pacing was just off for me.

I would have to say that my favorite part of the movie was Harry’s battle with the dragon. It was intense, it was magical, and at no time did I find myself thinking it wasn’t real. I believe the team behind The Goblet of Fire did an exellent job at bringing the movie to life.

One of the major downfalls of making the fourth book into a movie is a time constraint. Many things were left out of the movie that gave the book more depth. Even as I sit here and write this I’m thinking of backstories, sidstories, and innuendoes that didn’t find a home in the movie. It’s a shame though- I feel they really made the book different than the movie this time around.

Overall, I feel the movie did what it could to keep up with the book and I think they did great job at it. I look foward to seeing the next film in the series and seeing the battle between the Death Eaters and the DA in the Ministry of Magic.

Let us know if you saw the movie and what you thought of it.


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5 responses

1 12 2005
Caley

The 4th really was the best book of the series so far. And I wasn’t disappointed by the movie at all. Although I do feel that Emma Watson (is that her name?) isn’t a good actress. And I was bothered by how ugly Daniel Radcliffe seems to grow every movie. I heard he is dating some make-up artist or something from the movie. Maybe his ugliness is her doing.

2 12 2005
rene

but i only become more and more attracted to rupert grint (how can you not love a boy named “rupert grint”?). i know…he’s a bit young, but he’s very tall and that makes him look older than his 17 years.

2 12 2005
Caley

that’s what i said.

3 12 2005
rene

i’m so glad that i’m not alone in my dirty old lady-ness. ;o)

11 12 2005
rene

i’ve decided that daniel radcliffe is really elijah woods’ long lost brother. have you noticed the similarities? it’s creepy.

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