I’ve been putting this off subconsciously and consciously for weeks now. I’ve had little desire to watch another mediocre movie. Today, I bit the bullet and watched it. Huge shock, it’s terribly Hollywood! More so than the previous movies, it felt like this one was really on fast-forward. They barely hit all of the critical plot points, and that’s it. It’s missing every single thing that didn’t have to do with the Tri-wizard Tournament, and a ton of stuff that does have to do with it but isn’t absolutely necessary.
These movies continue to do a disservice to the novels, so who are they for? I guess they’re just kids action movies. But if those kids had read the novels, they would likewise find the movies disappointing. I have enough reason to believe kids would notice the same differences I do, and likely more if they’re re-reading these novels frequently because they love them. But if the novels are not supposed to be on-ramps for the movies (because the movies aren’t made for fans), then they’re still not doing a good job of building the brand. If you manage to enjoy the movie enough to seek out the books, the books will ruin future movies for you. And if you don’t enjoy the movies, why would you watch any more of them? There are eight of these things!