I didn't quite care for this one. Don't get me wrong - the kids' acting keeps improving, and visually the HP movies have always been a treat for the eyes, and this one is the same. Still, my love of the Goblet of Fire (second only to the Half Blood Prince) couldn't fully transfer to the movie.
GoF was an adventure book, more so than any other HP book. OotP was the adolescent puberty book, HBP was the coming of age/book of slytherins. GoF however, gave more meat for the fodders than any other book- there was so much happening, so many details added, the wizarding world *became* the wizarding world there. In the movie, its perhaps most obvious in the Quiditch world cup scenes.
GoF was also about showing us the exact elements that make up the Trio and showing the human qualities of Harry. Hermione was a staunch friend- but couldn't compare to Ron. Ron did have a complex that he needed to get over. There were people such as Cedric who were actually more highly regarded in school than Harry. Harry *cheated* in the tournament.
In the movie though, the actor's chemistry plays a part too- there was so much Harry/Hermione going on due to Emma's acting that it was freaky. Emma doesn't seem to actually have much going with Rupert and it can actually be seen in the Trio scenes.
And what was up with the Beauxbatons' fluttering about and the BUTTERFLIES. That set back the feminist movement some decades. The fire sticks of the Durmstrand boys were decent though.
There was a lot of Harry/Cedric, Harry/Ron and some Twin-cest elements, which were lovely eyecandy. Rupert Grint seems to be getting past puberty and his acting has levelled out. Danielle is superior in regular scenes, though those with melodrama (crying over Cedric) never quite worked out.
There were 5 Ku Klux Klan Death Eaters surrounding Voldie. Does he not have an actual following? Weren't there far more people he had at his feet?
But the one issue that kind of ruined the film, was Albus Dumbledore. I miss Richard Harris and the only other person who could actually do a REAL Dumbledore would probably be Ian McKennon. The Albus in the movie was not a leader- he was a confused old man whose own feelings for others and limits intellectually let Voldie get back into power.
This is not actually a rant though I am proud of the fact that I spent my formulative years in uniform- uniforms are cool. I was SO glad the Veela parts were pulled out since the actress playing fleur delacour was obviously not anywhere close to one. She'll be undoubtedly replaced in the HBP movie.
I have never been more proud of my south asian roots than when I saw Parvati and Padma at the ball (Afzhan is so sweet- no wonder she's one of Danielle's best buds). Orange and pink rocked. And Cho's scotish accent was a love it(which I did) or hate it deal, and will add a little something to her scenes in the OotP movie. The Twins were lovable which is a turnabout from the books where I absolutely Loathe them.
Tom Felton needed more screen time at the world cup- his black tux was so posh. And Draco pwned Cedric when it comes to tree jumping. There was no way enough of my favorite Malfoy, but he still managed to make me love him wherever he was, and now I think I have never loved ferrets more.
The movie is wholly different from the books. I think I can now deal with that.
I think I am going to download Ferret images now. I have a new set of icons to make- and they are going to *rock*.