Revisiting Hogwarts: The Goblet of Fire

So I didn’t manage to get all of these up in time pre-Deathly Hallows Part 2, but it seems worthwhile to finish the job anyway. The fourth movie sort of marks where the Harry Potter films stopped trying to make sense for those who hadn’t read the books (although I still know plenty of people who love the movies without ever having cracked the first book). There’s more action now, too, what with a deadly tournament going on at Hogwarts, which makes for a much more interesting trailer:

Oh good, hormones have entered Hogwarts. Harry’s in love with a Scottish Asian (does that weird anyone else out?), Ron has to demonstrate dancing with McGonagall (Rupert Grint, I continue to love you for your wonderful facial expressions), and Hermione has a thing with an international Quidditch star who is also still in school. Nevermind that epic, dangerous tournament going on–Harry just spit pumpkin juice up while trying to smile at a girl! And wait, was that Edward Cullen?

The fourth book, while not my personal favorite, is the favorite of many–namely, boys. There is a lot of action to be had in the midst of a multi-school tournament. The fourth movie really wanted to emphasize that, it seems, considering that the scenes devoted to the three tasks take up the majority of the film. I mean, the dragon pulls out its chain and chases Harry around the castle, knocking over turrets. It’s a little different from what I remember, how about you guys?

I don’t really even mind the tasks being infused with more drama–but the screenwriter also apparently decided it would be best to take out most of the plot that was between tasks and just shove the second and third one against each other as if they happened in the same week. Those poor souls who saw the movie without reading–it makes absolutely no sense.

Casting-wise, I enjoy who they picked for Krum, Karkaroff, and Mad-Eye Moody. Fleur was not half as stunning as she should have been, and Madam Maxime didn’t look remotely elegant. And did we have to make her taller than Hagrid? Also, the pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson was absolutely perfect for Cedric. It’s a shame the second franchise ruined him.

Also to nitpick, Sirius’ head being made out of coals in the fire was just weird–couldn’t we just have his head sitting in the fire like in the books? Would that be so difficult? Did you have to make Hermione’s dress pink? Would it have been so unreasonable to make it light blue, as it was intended? (Really, would Hermione wear a pink gown?) Plus, no Dobby or Winky to be found! What is this injustice? Hermione would be pissed.

I digress. Considering that Goblet was noticeably longer than its predecessors, this movie was going to leave major things out–even worse than Prisoner of Azkaban. Even Voldemort’s return wasn’t as haunted as it should have been. It was rushed and all the emotional weight was sucked out of it.

The fourth film tried to keep the important stuff in, but it was much more concerned with flash than finesse, and I have to say, this movie was probably the biggest disappointment of all for me.

Although Dan Radcliffe’s onscreen crying ability improved infinitely between three and four.

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