Hermione, Ron and Harry

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.

HP4 and the Phenomenon of the Pinoy Movie-going Family

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2 thoughts on “HP4 and the Phenomenon of the Pinoy Movie-going Family

  1. oh my darling friend, where has my laid back friend gone? dude, isn’t that a bit righteous 😉 nang nenermon ng magulang? hehehhe just giving you a hard time – tho if i don’t want to lose my cool status, i will agree with you. :-p

    and to comment further – it’ll be nice if they will read the book to their kid/s first – see if they can even comprehend that – but then again, they probably haven’t read the book either and failed to see that it’s not a generic / usual fantasy movie.

    Some very righteous groups here wanted to ban the books and block the first movie because of “subtle promotion of witchcraft and everything that is evil” – and when they were asked if they read the book, they answered a resounding NO (they said they don’t need to read the book to KNOW). go figure.

    oh well, dai – to each it’s own *mwah*

  2. jeaniepot, no less than our very own alma Mater Carmeli was in the thick of the “Ban HP” movement. Traces of the stand they took may still be in the bulletin boards at alumni.net, with an alleged debater and Sor Emily the principal (at the time) herself.

    pero you should have seen the kids at closing time, wawa talaga, mukha nang mga lantang gulay nakasampay sa balikat ng mga tatay/nanay nila, when they could have gone earlier in the day para naman hindi kawawa yung mga bata, but may work kasi and all that … heck i work too. so there.

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