November 18, 2005

Harry's a Pothead and the Sorcerer's Stoned?

So, we just got in from the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, at IMAX, nonetheless.

First off, we got there later than intended, and had to sit in the front row. This would have been more okay if my back weren't so screwed up. And, if my next chirpractor appointment were before Tuesday, that would be nice, too. Right now, my neck is killling me. The spot where my rib keeps going out wasn't hurting too badly, then I managed to trip over a tree branch on the sidewalk and started that up too. Bah.

Anyway, we got there late, and the auditorium was pretty packed. I was decked out in my uniform, including my authentic Ravenclaw tie. I brought along my owl puppet, Cassie. She is a female snowy owl, just like Hedwig. I brought her because her head turns around and she likes to give dirty looks to obnoxious people. I thought about bringing Wordsworth, my non-puppet owl, but left him home. I also left my broomstick home, just because I wasn't sure where I would be able to put it during the movie. That, and I wasn't sure if they would let me in with it. Oh, and we did leave late due to me forcing Geoff to take a couple of pictures of me to send to my friend LaLa's phone, since she is on the west coast now. One of these was a naughty picture shwing off my naughty schoolgirl thigh-highs. My point was.....oh yeah, there were a handfull of people in cast-off graduation robes over their normal clothes, a handfull of people were in gryffindor scarves circa the first two films, and another handful were in random HP items. No complete uniforms. No non-student characters. Highly dissapointing. I mean, the midnight showing is supposed to be full of hardcore geeks, is it not? Bah to them. I looked damn cute if I do say so myself. And, since I didn't do any research into this film, I was relieved to see the uniforms were the same as the last. Sicne I spent a fair amount of money on my tie, I was pleased it was still accurate. Not that I'm a stickler for such things.

The movie was pretty good. Like the last one, it skimmed the expostition, and dived right in. It didn't have the pacing of the last, however. There were several points where it could have been edited a bit, and tightened up. One of my big beefs is Hermione. I've said this all along...and it really screwed up a big point in this film...Hermione is supposed to be homely. Big teeth, frizzy hair...puts all her focus into her studies, and not into her looks. Then comes the big dance, and HUGE transformation. She got her hair smoothed, her teeth shrunk. Instead, we have a cute girl. Normal teeth, not perfect, but not big and weird. Her hair is sort of cute and kinky. For the big Yule ball, she looks pretty much the same, with an updo and some glitter. So, when Parvati is all stunned to see Hermione come down the stairs, it seems pretty weird. I'd been wondering how they were going to do this, since Hermione is all cute to begin with, and yup, it was a letdown, just like I thought it would be. The tasks seemed long, and drawn out, but without the suspense the book builds. All in all, the film was okay. This book is still my favorite, but the third film was by far the best of the existing four.

Something weird...for the last few days (since Tuesday), I have been searching for a quote. Remeber when I was talking about drama previously? Well, said drama involves a friend and dishonesty. In my opinion he is choosing the easy path rather than the right one. So, I knew there had to be a quote out there, in fact I felt like I'd heard something that would be perfect for the situation. The closest thing I could come up with was, "What is right is not always popular. What is popular is not always right." Not perfect, but close. Then, there it was, at the end of the film...Dumbledore says to Harry, "Soon we must all face the choice between what is right... and what is easy." There it was, right in Harry Potter. I don't know if he will even notice the quote...but it is currently my favorite quote.

Well, I've basically posted a lot of nonsense, because it's 3:40 in the morning. I am tired, and need to get up in too few hours.

Posted by raven at November 18, 2005 03:10 AM | TrackBack
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