The service at Ruchi's was verrrrry slow. We got home about 11:40pm, and I went straight to bed.
GoF was a good movie, I thought. I haven't read the book, mind. It came out when I still had the cataract, and I wasn't reading anything very lengthy at that point. I understand that several of the book's subplots were left out of the film.
What was in the film, though, I enjoyed immensely. In fact, I think I enjoyed GoF more than any of the Potter films so far, because the emphasis was no longer on school pranks and escapades, but on the tournament and on the mystery that didn't seem to be a mystery until Myrtle mentioned polyjuice.
This movie contained one of the funniest Snape scenes I have ever sat through--and Snape never said a word!
I thought Lucius Malfoy came across very well in this film. There's something about standing up to Lord Voldemort, even when you know he's going to abuse you, that is somewhat impressive.
Ron, on the other hand...Rowling, please stop writing Ron as a dork. I want the intelligent, analytical Ron back, the one who said, "Not me, not Hermione, but you, Harry." What happened to him? Did his hormones dissolve his brain? *sobs*
As I saw it, this movie practically screamed, 'Snape is a bad guy!' Dumbledore's defense of him in the Wizengamot room seemed too vehement. It should have required no more than a shake of the head and a "We already know about him, and he's reformed." kind of statement. Dumbledore was all but shouting. Maybe he was just trying to be heard over the ruckus. Later on, there's a brief scene of Igor and Snape together. I don't know how that plays in the book.
I thought Ralph Fiennes did a pretty good job as Voldemort. He seemed like a querelous old man in the early scenes, so when the climax came, I was muttering under my breath, "Okay, Ralph, scare the pants off me. Make me believe this guy is terrifying."
He did manage that. I wasn't cold sweat-terrified, the way I think I ought to have been in the 'real' Voldemort's presence, but I was apprehensive. I do like the fact that Fiennes simply made Voldemort evil and not slimy, which I thought was a nice nuance.
I'm disturbed by the fact that part of me agreed with 'Moody's' method of teaching, sort of. I do think the class needed to know what the Unforgivable Curses were. In the Wizarding World, those things are real, and those students are going to be pitted against them. On the other hand...Ugh. I would not have had my character Paul demonstrating those--not to 14 year-olds--and really, not at all except in theory.