Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The purpose of this lead paragraph is to mention that I saw the film yesterday and to allow anyone who doesn’t want to know anything about the film to stop reading now, because I will be commenting on what parts they did and didn’t show (and hence the story itself). So, I warn, this blog may be a spoiler.
The film is, admittedly, somewhat abbreviated. I guess there’s a certain limit to how sophisticated a movie can be, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a rather sophisticated book indeed. For example, there was no mention whatsoever of any house-elf. Nor was there anything about that gambling-addicted guy (I lose the name). The Dursleys were, of course, removed from the film completely. And, everything that was in the film was abbreviated to its beginning and end (the rest of it being implied).
The only parts that were left in it were the parts absolutely essential to the story — quite a lot of it, as anyone who’s read the book would know — and the consequence of this was that the first five or six chapters took less than ten minutes. My point here is not to attack the film over its conciseness, nor its faithfulness, nor lack of it, to the book. In this respect, it was quite well done — it must be admitted that it would have been a rather difficult task — but those without knowledge of the book may have some difficulty in understanding the film.
This film was well punctuated, though, with its comic parts. Like the demonstration of Harry’s fancy (by the accidental spilling of a mouthful of drink as he glanced her way). There was also — forced on them due to brevity, I guess — MacGonagall’s rushed informing of Harry that he and his partner were to open the ball about five seconds before its start.
The climax of this film was, I found, more exaggerated than the book. Okay, it probably wasn’t. It was probably just because I don’t get moved by stacks of paper with seemingly endless text on it, and a film with dialogue and music (and silence) and well, a picture of what’s happening is slightly different. The hedge in the third task was probably more aggressive than the creatures in it — the sphinx, by the way, was also omitted — and Cedric’s death seemed to take a much longer (proportionally) time than in the book. But, then again, maybe most people would find it no different from the motionless text in the novel itself.
This film, I say, is better than its previous counterparts — far outdoing the third film, which admittedly even I wasn’t too impressed with. I, however, do not in any way claim to be a film expert and in the eyes of most this blog is probably meaningless.