Posted 19 November 2005 - 04:51 PM
Posted 24 December 2005 - 05:10 AM
Straightforward, yes, but I thought it was the best cinematography of all of them thus far. Frankly, as compared to the other three, Newall is the best man to direct the films. (My opinion, of course). When they are walking through the tent area at the Quidditch World Cup and they cut to a close up of Hermione's face, I fell in love with the shot. The colors, the focus, everything.
What really struck me about Goblet of Fire, however, was the music. This is the first one to have a different composer, and I was thrilled with it.
And they did spend too long with the dragon scene, but I think that's only because the rest of the film seemed much more fast paced. Any less time with the dragon, and I think we would have been cheated.
Posted 31 December 2005 - 12:51 AM
That being said, my problem with the series is that Dumbledore, whose role has to be re-cast and re-envisioned immediately. Dumbledore's "bookself" is the innocent, childlike center of power in the world of Magic - not the bumbling old fool he'd become in the last two films.
I know Richard Harris has passed on, but the direction they've taken Dumbledore's character looks more like "Mama Fratelli" from The Goonies than any aspect of Dumbledore's character in the books. I shudder to think about upcoming books where Dumbledore becomes a crucial element to the story, a confidante to Harry, and the pillar of strength to which all others turn.