Dragons, Death Eaters & Raging Hormones
** THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILER **
Date : 17 November 2005
Time : 12 pm
Venue : GSC Berjaya Times Square
Phew ! Akhirnya.
Here’s my RM0.20.
(Kalau lebih dari 20 sen, mungkin reviu aku akan lebiiihhh..panjang dr ni).
Ahh… the raging hormones. Harry’s gone a long way since the cherubic kid in HP1. Hermione has grown up to be a demure young lady (still a bookworm though), but Ron, hmm.. Ron is just being Ron.
The Dark Lord
Lord Voldemort (affectionately known from now on as Voldy the Baldy) has arisen, thanks to Peter Pettigrew (Jihan, if u’re reading this, kebencian aku pada Wormtail semakin memuncak selepas menonton GoF). Ralph Fiennes stars as the Dark Lord. Physically, he’s terrifying, but the voice, man, it sounded so…human. I know he’s human, but for The-One-Who-Would-Not-Be-Named, he’s not that scary (for me la).
Fred & George
The Weasley twins provided most of the comic scenes in the movie, and man, have they grown up to be dashing, cool cats. I love the scene where Fred (or is it George ?) asked Angelina Johnson to the ball. Kelakar gila !
Krum is the epitome of a real ‘jantan’, as opposed to Cedric’s metrosexual and ‘jambu’ appeal. In fact, all the students from Durmstrang are equally macho. Tapi yg tak bestnye si Viktor ni ialah muka dia ada iras2 muka cousin Abah Ikmal (aisey, the next time I see him I would be thinking about Mr Krum. Spoil.)
IMHO, the handsome lad failed to make an impression, except for the key scene at the end of the movie. I loved the scene where Harry successfully escaped from Voldemort, and bringing with him the dead body of Cedric, and everyone was cheering, thinking that both of them actually survived the third task. I was so close to tears at that time, especially when the camera focuses on Amos Diggory, his father. It was so sad.
A Kirsten Dunst look-alike, she failed to live up the character as presented in the book. She looked more like a French babe rather than a part-Veela, which is very crucial in the Triwizard Tournament. Ini membuatkan beliau tidak begitu menonjol berbanding peserta2 lain. Is it because she’s a girl ? Well, from someone who once directed Mona Lisa Smile, I was hoping to see more grrrlll power from Mr Newell. Haha, and the graceful entrance by the Beauxbaton girls are a bit cheesy, though.
Aik, sejak bila pulak si Filch ni jadi Pak Lawak? He’s supposed to be sinister and creepy, but in HP4, he made half the audience laughs every time he goes on-screen. His dance scene at the Yule Ball (with Mrs Norris !!) is so cute !
Quidditch World Cup
The scene makes me wanna go up and cheer for the teams. The CGI and the cheering spectators. Woah ! The feeling is priceless ! And the stadium, bak kata Roger Ebert, it makes even the Senate Chamber (Star Wars Episode 3) look like a dinner theatre ! Anyway, thank God for no Quidditch matches in this movie, for I would prefer to see Harry on the ground, rather on his Firebolt. Oh wait, he’s using the Firebolt this time, only it’s not for Quidditch. Wicked scene that one !
The Triwizard Tournament
The CGI Hungarian Horntail is awesome! So is the underwater scene in the Second Task. In fact, all the three tasks made my heart pounded so fast that I nearly jumped outta my seat. The maze the Third Task is both terrifying and made me almost claustrophobic. Best gila tahap dewa ! Patutlah budget utk filem ni lebih tinggi drp ketiga2 filem LOTR !
The Harry Potter theme
John Williams (who provided the ‘haunting’ theme for the first 3 HP movies), is not able to do so for the fourth movie, due to conflicting schedule. Taking the helm from him is Patrick Doyle, an Academy Award nominee, but then I am not very familiar with his works (my fave composers are Williams, Shore, Elfman & Revell). Maybe I am a bit skeptical, but hell, the music is equally good.
I HATE YOU MOANING MYRTLE !!!!!!
The lucky devil gets to share a bubble bath with Harry. And gets to tease him in the process. This scene is peppered with subtle sexual innuendoes (hey, hey, there are kids in here), but funny as hell.
Joke on why the movie is rated PG-13 --> http://www.theonion.com/content/node/42613
Overall, my rating for this movie would be ****/*****
It’s not an easy task, transforming a 636-pages-brick-of-a-book into a 2 1/2 hour long movie, and so many things are left out (SPEW, house-elfs, Hagrid’s Blast-ended Skrewts, The Dursleys, among others). Walaupun ada flaws di sana sini, namun Mike Newell telah memberikan aku (dan ribuan Potterhead sedunia) apa yg kami mahu setelah lebih setahun setengah menunggu. I left the cinema with a big grin on my face. Seperti Moaning Myrtle selepas Harry keluar dari Prefect’s Bathroom tu… Wicked.
Labels: Films, Harry Potter