Post by twothousandonemark on Dec 8, 2017 5:12:21 GMT
GOF for me because bloated, not least the entire Yule Ball stretch & all the annoying teen angst throughout. I recently re-watched & why did everyone have the same shaggy haircuts??
Another funny query- why were the 'victims' of the 2nd TriWizard test wearing full garb underwater?? Do Ron, Hermione, & Cho really need 40lbs of added water weight with their full robes lest they die?
I always say though, GOF the book is my #2 fav & is superior on the page.
I agree with twothousandonemark that Goblet of Fire, as a movie, is bloated (I find the scene with the obviously CGI dragon shockingly boring), but I'm willing to cut it a little bit of slack because the parts in and after the maze are so good--including the Mad Eye Moody twist, one of the few parts which is as well-done in the movie as in the (far superior) book. But I completely understand why it may be someone's least favorite.
I appreciate your comments on Prisoner of Azkaban, @themusicdewd23, as I love reading opinions other than the mainstream consensus. I admit that it remains my favorite of the Potter film series (it was on television the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I re-watched it then); I simply think it's a very well-made film, but then I'm not basing that judgment on fidelity to the book. (The same applies for something like this year's Murder on the Orient Express; indeed, fan of the book though I am, I think the movie's best sequences were wholly original!) I think Cuarón's direction and mise-en-scène was superb--a fine mix between the pop colors and fun of the Columbus films and the moody, dark navel-gazing of the Yates ones; I appreciated the brilliance of several beautifully-shot sequences; and I must say I didn't think the acting was terrible at all. Ah, and Michael Gambon is a sheer delight as Dumbledore. The "time-turner" sequence with him is nutty and very funny.
My own least-favorite would probably be Order of the Phoenix; it just seems to blur together with several others in my mind, though I always remember the evil Prof. Umbdridge (who quickly sets herself up as High Inquisitor--that's a hoot!). I think this is the one with the prophecy at the end, and I always found the mythology too annoying and confusing; we're getting into Rowling's "find the magical object" plot, of which I'm not as fond... As I've written elsewhere about a different subject, I prefer stand-alone stories, even in a series (which is probably another reason I like PoA so much). Anyhoo, just my two cents.
Deathly Hallows 2. I didn't think it was well done. Particularly Mrs Weasley's duel with Bellatrix, which in the book us a striking scene, but in the film is barely noticeable as it is mixed in with Harry's duel with Voldemort. Fred's death not well done either, nor Snape's dying flashback.