January 05, 2006

An Evening with Harry Potter

Last night we finally went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But first, it was an adventure getting there. We wanted to ride the new Monsters, Inc. ride in Disney's California Adventure, but first I had to return something at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney. So I did that and we power-walked over to CA Adventure only to find that the line was 45 minutes long. It was 6:15 and the movie started at 7:00 (the movie theater is in Downtown Disney). So we decided to skip that and go visit my friend Jamie who was working in Disneyland in Tomorrowland. Of course, as soon as we walked into Disneyland we saw this crowd of people lined up on the sidewalk and curb. Parade. So we fought our way through the crowd (the parade hadn't started yet) and by 6:40 we hadn't made it to the end of Main Street. There was no way we were going to make it to Tomorrowland and back, so we turned around. We stopped by the Sephora store in Downtown Disney to use up a gift card I had, and then we stopped by the Lego Store because I had forgotten what Kevin wanted for his birthday in there. Lo and behold, not only was it there, it was on sale, so Kevin got his dream Lego clock.

Following that we headed to the movie. The nice thing about the Downtown Disney theater (it's an AMC) is that we get an annual pass discount. Two dollars off each ticket! That's certainly nothing to sneeze at.

As for the movie--I thought it was good. The effects were, of course, well done. The story...well...it suffered from the same problem that the next 3 are going to suffer from. The book has so many storylines (and a bunch of superfluous tangents) that it's hard to boil down an actual story to tell onscreen. There were a few things I could have done with a little bit less (the dragon fighting scene, for example), but there were some very important plot points that just barely got glossed over even though they were vital to the movie (the Polyjuice potion, to be exact). All in all, they're just going to have to cut things out to keep the movies manageable. However, overall I liked it.

Posted by Shelby at January 5, 2006 05:53 PM
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