The Linkmeister was wondering why the blog world wasn't buzzing at the opening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Not that he's seen anyway. If you've seen different or have a idea about why the relative---compared to the opening of Revenge of the Sith and the publication of the newest novel in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince---silence, stop in and tell the meister.
I haven't seen much blog commentary either. My guess is that the movie's suffering from coming out in the shadow of the new novel's release this past summer. (As if the Potter franchise needs the attention of the blogs. And don't blogs and bloggers sound like something the students at Hogwarts would learn how to deal with in their Defense Against the Dark Arts class?) But just because bloggers might have written themselves out on all things Potter when the book came out, that doesn't mean that the series' young fans aren't excited. Goblet of Fire is a big hit. One of the Harry's most insightful and devoted admirers, Violet Mannion, thinks it's the best movie so far. Here's her review.
Meanwhile, over at the American Street, at least one blogger has something to say on the subject.
I posted a review this morning, Goblet of Dying Embers. Title suggests that I was less than enchanted, doesn't it? It's funny. While I was watching the movie I thought I was watching the best one of the series too. But the more I thought about it afterwards, the more critical I became.
My review includes another gratuitous swipe at George Lucas who is becoming the King Charles' head of my blogging. Like Mr Dick in David Copperfield who couldn't keep the beheaded Stuart out of his memorial, I can't seem to write anything anymore without the creator of Star Wars appearing out of nowhere like the shade of Obi-wan.
The 12 year old and the 9 year old liked Goblet of Fire, but they disagree with their cousin on whether it's the best in the series. "Not enough quiditch," harumphed the 9 year old. "And no Dursleys." He likes the formula. The 12 year old just likes Prisoner of Azkaban better.
Meanwhile: Maud Newton reports that Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in Goblet of Fire, has backed out of a movie version of J.M Coetzee's Disgrace. Fiennes thinks he's too young and sexy to be disgraceful enough. He doesn't put it quite that way, but that's the upshot. And he's right.
And on the subject of movies: Claire Helene reviews the new Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of a Pride and Prejudice zealot. And Chuck Tryron looks at a mockumentary I hadn't heard of but now want to see, The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah.