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November 26, 2005

Pottermania astounds !!!

Filed under: Misc — Teal @ 12:11 pm

This year turned out to be a double bonanza for harry potter fans. With the release of the 6th installment of the series coming out on July 16th and the release of the 4th book’s movie made version on November 18th. Goblet of fire has already grossed 141 million dollars and broken the record set by Starwars 3: Revenge of the Sith, only doing it earlier by 4 days. This movie was directed by Mike Newell, whose famous works include the romantic comedy, 4 weddings and a funeral. [!!!!]

As I walked into the theatre, I let go of all expectations. This is because Alfonso Cuaron had done an annihilation of the 3rd book. Hell lot of haphazard narration, really cruel omissions. Et al. I managed to watch G.O.F on the 3rd day, but got tickets only for the night show. And what a surprise it turned out to be!!! The 10 ‘o’ clock show seemed to be just like one of ‘em normal shows.

House full !!! Lotsa kids, Plenty of families, gangs of girls and guys. [Primarily young adults]. Only thing, the parents were happily dozing away in their seats owing to a hard day’s work… whilst the children sat in their chair, gazing at the screen, enraptured by the ongoing sequences. Kudos to Mike Newell. I’d have to hand it to the guy. He squeezed in about 700 pages of content in to a 2 hr and 30 minutes movie. Excellent narration, superb visualization, and the triwizard tournament is simply fabulous.

The first task and second tasks were awesome. But if only the sphinx sequence was included in the final task, it would’ve been a l’ll better. The climax is again amazing, but one would have great trouble identifying Ralph Fiennes beneath that hideous make-up. The cast was average, but the 2 bangladeshi girls who played Parvati and Padma don’t seem to look like twins at all! [Even from miles away…]

S.P.E.W, all ‘em elves, Ludo Bagman have all been cut off from the movie as well. But the way the movie was edited was such that no one would feel their absence. [Except for the potter aficionados, of course]. Either way, a person who hasn’t read G.O.F and yet watched the movie, would still make complete sense out of it. [Unlike P.O.A, which was a catastrophe!] My classmates who hadn’t read P.O.A made the biiiig mistake of watching the movie and were like – “What the hell……”,”Can’t make sense out of that crap movie..” and so on. Alfonso Cuaron ultimately succeeded in dampening fan’s expectations of P.O.A. [which is my favorite book in the entire series.]

Chris Columbus had done a laudable job with the first two potter movies, if only he had taken the third as well. Now all we got to do is wait for the final book and the Order of the Phoenix [the movie, i.e.]. Mira Nair [yeeeech!] was offered the opportunity to direct O.O.T.P, which she rejected. Let’s hope someone as good as Mike Newell takes up the job.



  1. holy pottermania..
    a nice review + alltime fav = cant wait 2 watch GOF… anyways wish u luck on ur postponed exams. How wud it b if exams were like triwiz trnmnz?

    Comment by Dino — November 26, 2005 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  2. hmmm .. intresting thought. 🙂
    I’m guessin ur exams r over and u having fun …

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — November 26, 2005 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  3. wat parants were dozing away?? goshu ppl were sitting dumb in the theatre?? i almost went deaf.. ppl were screaming like anything!!!

    Comment by Hell's Angel — November 27, 2005 @ 5:20 am | Reply

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