Apart from lazing around, Christmas shopping and messing with my computer, the highlight of my long weekend was going to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the cinema.
Firstly, let me say that the change of director has definitely been a good thing. Mike Newell did a much better job than Chris Columbus. On the other hand, I much preferred the Dumbledore of Richard Harris to the Dumbledore of Michael Gambon. Overall the cinematography is much better. The problem, of course, is that the source book is many times larger than it’s predecessors and so material, like the Quidditch World Cup or the involvement of the house elves, had to be cut or insinuated only. Personally I think Newell did a good job of it, though purists will complain, despite the fact that the film is already two and a half hours long as it stands. Furthermore, there is little scope for exposition for the benefit of those who haven’t read the book, so I wonder how fans of the films alone will receive it.