Man! My expectations were HIGH for this movie and they were met and exceeded! It was really, really funny. I laughed out loud eleventy-million times.
The movie opens up with Ron in his pyjamas and if getting a little excited about that is wrong, I don't want to be right. By the end, though, like every other girl in the universe, I would like to marry Fred and George. I liked redheads first! Stand back.
The action was bang-bang-bang the whole time. I guess that's what you have to do when you're cutting a +600 page book down to a 156 minute movie. They left in everything you needed to know to understand the story, and that was about it. A LOT of stuff was left out, but I was okay with almost all of it. As bakerloo said, I was not sorry at all to miss all that SPEW nonsense, that stuff was stupid.
You know one thing that bugged me, though, and it started in the last film? All this muggle clothing. I mean, I understand that the school robes are their uniform, and therefore they're going to take them off whenever they get a chance. Like kids do. But come on, they were hardly ever wearing robes! Even during the goblet of fire scene, everyone was just wearing ties and sweaters! That was a school function! I mean if older wizards have such a hard time dressing up as Muggles, then everyday wizarding wear shouldn't look anything like Muggle clothes. I dunno, that shit bugged me.
Cho's accent was HOT. Is she Scottish? She didn't have enough lines for me to be able to tell . . . hell, nobody had any lines. Neville had a bigger part than Snape and Hagrid combined. And Draco who? Am I right?
Filch running in to the great hall in the beginning was THE FUNNIEST THING EVER and I died.
Also as Meghann mentioned, they neglected to play up -- or hell, even mention -- Fred and George's joke shop. Why weren't they selling those tongue-engorging taffys instead of taking wagers on the tournament? It's going to come out of left field! Also when is Dean Thomas going to have a line? I only know which one he is because he's the only black fourth-year Gryffindor. He's going to come out of left field too. And speaking of houses, they never even mentioned that Cedric was a Hufflepuff, did they, and also both Patil sisters were in the Gryffindor common room after Ron asked Fleur to the ball, and one of them is supposed to be a Ravenclaw. But that's just me showing off, that stuff didn't bother me.
I think the coolest things were the tinyster dragons.
Also I would have liked to have met Charlie and Bill (hello, doesn't he have to meet Fleur?) but hell even Mrs. Weasley and Percy got the shaft.
Man, these aren't even complaints! I just really like talking about it!
I might have done Voldemort a little differently: kept a cloak on his head, anyway, that bald head was weird and distracting and I think it would have been spookier to only see glimpses of his face and red eyes. And I didn't think he'd be moving so well so soon after getting a body back. And as quba said, the whole "young romance" angle was handled a little clumsily and boringly, but then, I don't think Rowling does a good job with that in the books, either. Why does Harry like Cho so much? Did Viktor and Hermione ever speak two words to each other? Ron's horrifying yet oblivious mistreatment of Hermione was pretty spot-on, though.
Though there were very few classroom scenes, I liked the scene at the end with everyone going home at the end of the term. It's the first time they did that, and it was good, and made me sad. I never went to boarding school, but I did go to camp, and that last day was the saddest of all days in the universe. I can't even imagine what it might feel like to go home to the Dursley's (didn't miss them, either) after three terms at Hogwarts.
I would like more than everything in the world for there to be a Director's Cut that is four hours long! Oh well.
I was pretty much grinning the entire time. It is so good to see a good movie in a theater with minimal crowd annoyances and not ONE cell phone.
Movies are great.