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December 5th, 2005

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06:09 am - The weekend
Saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this weekend.
This one required a lot of explanations for people who hadn't read the book. Rocker was dissastified with all the things he didn't get. (although he wasn't bothered by the one that most bothered me.) Yesterday, hoppie and I were talking about it further, and he was unsatified by the disjointedness of it. It really didn't hang together for him.
Like the last movie where you didn't get a sense of the Mauraders and their relationship, this one didn't give you a sense of the Crouches and their relationship.
Like in the last movie, everyone was up in arms because of a prisoner breakout from Azkaban. This one they didn't even notice? Better to skip the Crouchness at the trial than to not explain how a known DE escaped from a heavily guarded wizard prison unnoticed.
The thing that struck me at the time was the lack of explanation of "priori incantatum." I had to explain that to the guys. Once I explained that the wands were brothers and wouldn't duel, hoppie got it, but how much sense does that make without the explanation?
I know when you have an audience as large as the Harry Potter audience, you don't need to play for the people who haven't read the books so much, but they still exist and they might like the movie.
Hoppie was also a bit turned off by the Ron/Harry dynamic. He's going to love movie 6.

Went to lizzylizzy's store yesterday. We're doing a sekret santa! I'm pathetically excited about it. I haven't done one in ages. I finally got into the one at my old company when I left, and my current company does it only in small cliques based on your initial startup, since I wasn't part of any of the startups, it never occured to anyone to ask me if I'd be interesting. Anyway, I'm just delighted that the crew down at Liz's store included me in the gang, even if it means I have to make something that doesn't suck as a present. Luckily, I do have some good materials. I can't tell you what I'm making or who I'm making it for yet, but I think I have an idea of what to make, anyway.
And in an odd coincidence, ,Marilyn Manson got married this weekend. I say odd and coincidence because he just came up in conversation, and that happens very rarely.
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Date:December 5th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah..this one was very confusing. How hard is it for someone to say 'hurray! Ireland won!' or 'we can find out if it was you by using priori incantatem and this is why' Also, did you notice that sometimes the pictures on the walls didn't move? And why was Hermione so mad at Ron when through the whole movie she's hanging on Harry? a menage a trois? a kiddie love triangle? Did you catch the whole 'hermione loves famous wizards' bit BEFORE anyone at all knew who was taking her to the Yule Ball?

It's the second most popular book ever (behind the bible) you'd think the ready made audience of fans would be enough to make it a worldwide blockbuster. I feel like we're being excluded from the experience because of these changes. That's why I have to watch them twice..once as a fan of the books who's looking for substance and once as just a movie goer..I enjoy them all more the second time.

And what the heck was Dumbledore's problem?? He was practically foaming at the mouth! He was the scariest person in the movie, I thought.
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Date:December 5th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
I can understand and accept them dropping the whole Bagman subplot. In the interests of time and clarity, some things have to give. But to drop half of the Rita Skeeter plot, leaving in just enough to confuse people was insane. Why have it covered at all. It added nothing. If people teased Hermione (or shunned her) as they did in the book, it would have at least added some impact. Instead it was effectively wasted time. That Harry was shunned as the Hogwarts champion was obvious enough from the characters. Rita's article, other than giving Harry something to throw in the trash, was useless.
Also, I was sad that they cut the attempt to change the "Potter Stinks" buttons and only were able to get it to say "Potter Smells." That cracked me up in the book.
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Date:December 6th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Crystalyn had to explain the whole wand thing to me too -- I didn't get it at first (she reads the books, I'm the visual type.)

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