I watched "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for the second time last night with my sister and Ma. Good thing my Ma and I are now in good terms. Yes, I tried my best not to cry in the graveyard scene again and a couple of tears still slid down my right eye. Sheesh. Call me weepy but yes, indeed I am. I can't make a decent movie review coz I know I'll just be a biased fan writing ramblings about how I like the fact that Mike Newell decided to keep Cuaron's Hogwarts, but added his own touches and made it all-in-all a fast-paced flick that even non-HP book readers will be kept on the edge of their seats.
I know a couple of people, my mother included, who did not appreciate the too many deviations in this movie. I have to admit, after rereading the book, there are indeed a lot of changes. Well, you have to think they had to cram hundreds of pages in a 2 hour and 20 minute movie. I believe they did a pretty good job with that.
One more reason why I can't make a decent review about it is because I have become a Viktor Krum fangirl and I never expected to be one when I first read the book. I guess Stanislav Ianevski's charms worked on me and like one avatar said...
Oh yes, I was even dreaming about Stan last night, it was sweet when I was asleep and scary when I woke up. I thought I was delusional. I guess I just needed the sleep after being awake for 25 straight hours yesterday. Pathetic. I think the couple of days vacation leaves are taking their toll on me now. I feel lazy to go to work. But then I just have to think that Christmas is just lurking around the corner waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting penniless victim. I gotta earn.
Back to the topic, the second viewing made me realize there are indeed a lot of funny quips distributed within the film. Even Mad-Eye Moody contributed to the humor that usually Hagrid, Neville and Ron would provide. It's general dark background made me ignore that during the first viewing. I found myself laughing most of the time and I like it. There was also one scene when I finally understood the unexpectedly early death of Bartemius Crouch. Remember "the tongue" Moody showed him? That's one of the reasons why I like to watch it again. Who knows what other "clues" I may notice?
The challege for the next HP movie directors now would be how to continue with the story the past 4 movies have provided, without ruining the original story JK Rowling has told us in her books. I can't wait! :)