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GoF Movie

So how badly IS Goblet of Fire going to suck?

NY Post reviewer seems to think Fiennes' screen time is severely cut. Brilliant. Don't cut the (utterly meaningless, totally boring) Yule Ball - cut the rebirth in the graveyard of the major villain, a scene which (IMHO) is outranked only by the lightning-struck tower scene in HBP. AARGH!

Why do I even let myself get the least bit intrigued when a new one of these things comes out? They all basically suck. If they're solid storywise, they suck artistically. If they suck artistically, they...well, they still suck storywise. (This means you, Mr. Cuaron.) Does Rowling even care anymore? She lets Kloves, Columbus, the-director-du-jour and even some of the actors (this means you, Michael Gambon) absolutely butcher her characters, and she never says "boo." Oh, well. Warner - "We think we're doing Scooby-Doo here" - Brothers is paying her a lot of money to like their crappy cut-and-paste versions of her books.

Sigh. Sorry.

And this is my favorite of all the books, too. Well, until HBP came along, anyway. Ooh, I wonder how Kloves will re-interpret that one? Think he'll make Hermione the Half-Blood Prince?

Honestly, I'm going to change the name of this journal to Relentless Negativity. NOTE TO SELF: Must post something happy, soon...


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Nov. 15th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
I too am getting irritated at how played up the Yule Ball is. Who the fuck cares???

I'm also led to believe that Snape's role, already fairly limited in the book, is virtually gone. I don't think we even see his Dark Mark at the end. *groan*

You didn't like Cuaron's? I actually thought that one had a little bit of style, unlike the first two, which, IMO, weren't much better than animated versions of those Mary Grand Pre illustrations. :-D I had some problems with PoA but at least it wasn't as paint-by-numbers as the others.
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
The man has some style, and I could forgive him almost anything else, but he absolutely destroyed the Shrieking Shack scene. If you blinked, you missed it. Three of the best actors in the business in that scene together, and they played it like they all had to go to the john.

But I have a stick up my ass when it comes to the plot and characterizations anyway - I want them as close as humanly possible to the books, and fuck artistic interpretation. I don't care what Steve Kloves thinks Lupin felt for Lily, or what Mike Newell thinks about British boarding schools. I care what Rowling thinks, and that's why I read the books, and that's what I want to see on-screen. You want to give me your version of Potterverse, boys, go write fanfiction.

Actually, I think that's the real problem with the movies. Not the directors, but Kloves. (He does read the books, doesn't he?)

No Snape's Dark Mark scene in GoF, eh? *growl* Why am I not surprised?
Nov. 22nd, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree -- the Shrieking Shack scene was totally perfunctory. Would've liked to see Snape losing his shit in front of Fudge too. Saw GoF, and indeed, the one scene I was dying to see (Snape showing his Dark Mark to Fudge and being sent off to spy by Dumbledore) is completely cut. Gyarrghh! I'm starting to wonder if they're going to have Lucius Malfoy kill Dumbledore instead of Snape...

On the other hand, Voldemort was quite good, I thought. Kind of...sexy, in a creepy no-nose kinda way.
Dec. 28th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wasn't his makeup great? Just as I pictured. And I don't know about sexy, but he has presence.

Though he was more...human, maybe?...than I expected.
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
I thought so too! In the books, he's more or less the Face of Evil, but in the movie, he seemed like a real character, for lack of a better word. I was quite surprised by how human he seemed.

By the way, have you seen this? It's yukipon's illustrated review of GOF, and there's a hilarious comparison of Book!Voldie and Movie!Voldie that just made me laugh and laugh.
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
That's hysterical! She has a point about Voldie - "a middle-aged lady with bad PMS." And the way she drew the movie-Voldie, he looks like a bald Bette Davis!
Nov. 16th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
I am not even going to watch GoF. Why? It's a retreading of the book, and I really could care less.
Dec. 28th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
I wish it were a retreading of the book, though. That's my problem.
Nov. 16th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
So true. I bet This movie will well suck, just like the others. They'll cut out the important scenes and replace them with unimportant ones just to make money and the movie look better. The truth is most peole don't see those movie because they like or have read the books, they see them because everyone else does. The yule ball sells and scary dark lords don't. Simple as that.
Dec. 28th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
You're right, of course. It's all about the bottom line, and the kids want to see the kid stuff.

Dammit! Who let kids into the Harry Potter fandom anyway?
Dec. 28th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, stupid kids. Reading, how dare they!
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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