To an I.T. geek like me it sounds more like an early model Hewlett-Packard printer, but it’s not—it’s the latest Harry Potter movie “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
It’s been 3 years since I’ve read the book when it first came out, but I feel like doing a Kuya Maui on this one and for a few lines harp about the stuff the movie didn’t put in. They cut short the Quidditch World Cup, never showing a game before the camping grounds massacre; they didn’t say that although Bulgarian quidditch star player Viktor Krum was all brawn he was also “utal”; Fleur delaCoeur of Beauxbatons wasn’t as helpless and hapless as she was in the movie; and Rita Skeeter was a lot more sinister in the book being a crafty shapeshifter, exposing “secrets” left and right.
All this of course, contributes to bring to the fore our three protagonists Ron, Hermione and Harry himself, who have all grown up quite nicely in the book/movie as well as the actors in real life. It’s a good thing the production has kept most of the child actors who starred in the first movie, and seeing them growing up yearly adds something of a family touch to the series.
The movie is enjoyable, quite, as a matter of fact. But it is NOT a children’s movie, definitely not one for the 8 years old and below age bracket. Some of the scenes are actually terrifying to a 3 year old who has never even read Harry Potter, which is why it baffled me to see parents with toddlers in tow walking into SM Sucat’s Cinema 2 last night. I had thought that the minimum age for children to walk into any movie is 5. There were scenes in the movie that may have been far too horrifying for a child that age. On top of that, it was the last full show for the day, starting at 7:40pm, so one could expect to be walking out of the mall around 10pm. Yet there they were, kids as young as two or three years old, wilting on their parents shoulders, parents who were dressed like they had come straight from the office. I’ve heard of parents compensating, but this seems to be too much, especially for such small kids who may never even heard of Harry Potter if not for their parents. My
unsolicited advice to parents who want to take their toddlers to see it — DON’T.
Get the DVD when it comes out. Or even better, wait for your kids to grow up and read the books before letting them watch the DVDs.