November 19th, 2005

Six Years

I kinda forgot the anniversary, but it's been six years I've been in Taiwan as of Thursday.

And my Chinese still sucks... sigh

Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire

We went to see the new Harry Potter movie last night. My wife got tickets to the special IMAX showing they have at the Warner Brothers Miramar in Dazhi. I was actually pretty surprised how good the IMAX was. The detail and size of everything was pretty incredible. If you ever get a chance to see a real movie in IMAX, give it a try. (I don't mean those nature movies they usually have.)

As for the movie itself, this one was a good bit better than the previous ones. The first two, and to some extent the third one pretty much stuck to the books without cutting much out. This one cut out quite a bit. That's not terribly surprising since the fourth book was longer, but they didn't bother to even go through the motions of Harry's muggle step-parents, or much of the quidditch matches, and mostly stuck to the more interesting parts of the story. Even so, the pace of the movie was pretty quick. As an effect of this, some of the usual characters, while appearing in various scenes are reduced to being bit parts. Even Professor Snape really only has one scene of significance.

As well, this movie is significantly more mature than previous ones, particularly the graveyard scene and some characters dying, not to mention several scenes where characters almost died but just got away. For older viewers, this is probably a good thing, but I'm sure there's lots of younger kids who aren't going to get to see it due to the more graphic content.

The added characters of Professor 'Mad-Eye' Moody and Daily Prophet Reporter Rita Skeeter were well played and quite interesting. I hope I'm not spoiling anything, but this is also the first time we see He Who Cannot Be Named back in his full form, and get our first view of current and past (?) Death Eaters, some of who we've already seen and some which are new characters.

Anyways, it was a good bit of fun, so if you've been following the movies and/or read the books, get out and see this one.