Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Sack the screenwriter!
I have just back from seeing this. Right now, I should be doing
something more important, but I had to put this down before my head
explodes! I really, honestly do not know what to say about this film.
It's beautifully made, yes. The acting is much improved, yes. But the
unbelievable liberties that were taken - what are you meant to say
about that? From the off, Harry's dream about Voldemort etc is horribly
altered by adding an unrelated character - it may not seem that
important, but it is. And Dumbledore - I think Michael Gambon is an
exemplary actor, but to see Dumbledore lose it with Harry in such an
uncharacteristic way was dumbfounding.
See, I can understand why things have to be left out - it's a long
book, and there are extraneous elements. For one, there's Rita Skeeter
- so why keep part of her storyline in, and ignore the rest? What
really annoys me, though, were the ridiculous plot and character
revisions that occurred. It's such a pointless exercise that I can't
even see why it was done.
I don't blame Mike Newell, as I think he did a great job. In terms of
the complete destruction of Dumbledore's character, you really can't
blame Gambon. The only person to blame is the utter idiot that adapted
it - the lack of grasp of what was important and what was not astounded
me. You would think that they would have read the books and I feel
sorry for the director of OOTP as they really have their work cut out -
many of their main characters, that we should already be familiar with,
have barely been introduced if at all. Sirius 30 second CG appearance
was ridiculous. Again, I wish these people would really read the book -
at one point, the expelliarmus charm managed to knock someone off their
feet whilst they were still holding their wand - getting small details
like that wrong is rather ridiculous too.
I saw the film with my fiancé who has not read the books, and he was
rather confused by it - you didn't even see the seasons change, and the
film felt so rushed and the plot was so unexplained that it might as
well have been 6 weeks rather than an academic year.
Oh well - it's a great looking film, and I was most pleased to see the
split-second appearance of Jarvis Cocker, Jonny Greenwood et al, but
it's relationship to the book is somewhat distance - second cousin
twice removed perhaps?
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