Monday, November 07, 2005

The Reviews are good!

Emma Brockes covers the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the Guardian.

There's lots of information regarding fan behavior and appearance, comments about the stars (apparently Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are equally popular), etc. The best part of the article, however, is a fan review at the end. Jessica Lambert, 17 (!), reports the following:

  • "But while the fourth book will never be remembered as the greatest in the series, the fourth film should be hailed as the first to deserve being remembered at all. It is fantastic.
    It is beautifully shot, each scene a delight seen brought to life. It has some delightful performances, and even makes those less-gifted actors into characters you can empathise with. In parts it is surprisingly scary, and it often makes you laugh out loud. But that's not what makes it stand out. This is the only film that feels like it could have survived without the books. It doesn't rely on you already knowing the emotional journey you are supposed to be following as you watch. It grips you, and engages you and there is something magical about it. It makes you remember why half the world fell in love with Potter."

I can't wait to see it! The fourth book, despite its editorial shortfalls, is actually my favorite in the series. I like the international aspects especially. I'll be attending with 6 young girls for my daughter's 10th birthday party. It should be so much fun.

ETA: A pretty good review from the Times, as well as an article asking the question, "Are the Potter stars getting too old?"