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Argh! Work is doing my nut. Seems to be very disorganised today...everything's so chaotic that I haven't managed to have *lunch* yet. Sigh. I think I'm just gonna go home early instead, though they'll probably try to stop me...

We went to see the Goblet of Fire last night. I liked it a lot, but not as much as Azkaban. I didn't think there was as much artistry in the making of the film, somehow. I didn't get as many just "Whoah!" moments. It seemed that there was so much plot to fit in that it got kinda raced through, with no time for any fancy arty stuff.

Unsorted thoughts:
Why not cut Rita Skeeter out altogether if you're going to cut most of her plot out?
A lot of characters - because there's Story to worry about - only got about three lines - Cho Chang, I noticed particularly. She's a major character, but she got virtually nothing to do. I think I'd prefer less characters, with more to do.
There were a couple of things I thought might be on the DVD, cos they seemed to have filmed the start of and not the end. They didn't tell you why Dumbledore etc all came rushing to Harry's rescue in Mad-Eye's office, even though you saw him taking Harry away from the tournament. There was something about Barty Crouch that they didn't explain very well, though I've forgotten what. They did scenes with Mad-Eye tormenting Neville, but never resolved why Crucio perturbed him so. (Or is it in OOTP we find out about that?) And I thought the real Mad-Eye might have been a bit more, well, hidden than that, frankly. May add more to this when I remember...


Also, I love Penn Jillette. This is from his This I Believe essay.

I believe that there is no God. I'm beyond Atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy -- you can't prove a negative, so there's no work to do. You can't prove that there isn't an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word "elephant" includes mystery, order, goodness, love and a spare tire?

OK, it starts funny, but it is a thoughtful essay, and finishes off like this:

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.

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ruudboy
Nov. 23rd, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
They did scenes with Mad-Eye tormenting Neville, but never resolved why Crucio perturbed him so.

They hinted at it in the pensieve scene. I think they were leaving the audience to work stuff out for themselves a bit, like they did in PoA.
pickwick
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it wasn't such a kids' film either, so they can leave stuff more unexplained.
kniblet
Nov. 24th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
I love the This I Believe series. I missed that one. Will have to listen to it online.
pickwick
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, is it a radio thing? I hadn't looked properly, thought it was just essays. That sounds great.
kniblet
Nov. 25th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
NPR is National Public Radio. It's the closest thing the US has to Radio 4. There's a "listen" button at the top of the page, and a link to other "This I Believe" essays on the right.
dave_t_lurker
Nov. 24th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
I saw the film last night as well. I've never read the books so had no idea what to expect.

My honest opinion of this film is that is was just an extended trailer / advert for the DVD. There are the things you mentioned and other things that don't make sense to me.

Was it explained why it was students down in the black lake that had to be rescued? Did those students volenteer or were they just told "close your eyes and don't drown"?

When Hagrid and the kids are walking though the wood, Crouch is under the tree. what happened there? I toyally missed what was going on there.

How does a deatheater end up getting freed just because he 'grassed up his mates'?

I prefered the other films.
dave_t_lurker
Nov. 24th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
and why didn't LJ spell check + preview that when I told it to. *sulk*
pickwick
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...No, it was never explained why it was students in the Black Lake, except that it has to be the thing dearest to them, or something. But i don't think it was explained in the book either - though I believe the book said they were drugged before they were taken or something.

I think Crouch was in the woods... I think just to make you think "ooh, he's at Hogwarts, that's odd." and put it together with all the mentions of Polyjuice potion. Or was it Crouch Sr? In which case I have no idea, really, but I seem to remember there was a reason for it in the book. I might go and read the book, actually.

And the deatheater thing was definitely explained more in the book. I'm waiting to hear whether there's, like, a 4-hour version on the DVD, cos that's the only thing I think could make it make sense...Not hopeful for Order Of the Phoenix, really :o(
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