JT Film Review

34 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire REVIEW

4/5 stars

Director – Mike Newell

Cast – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Miranda Richardson, Robert Pattinson

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— follows Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter soldiers on in the fourth installment of the frachise. This one continues the darker tone of the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but still has more action than the following movies. That certainly keeps the movie interesting, but keeps the characterization down a touch. The ending is a set up for the even more emotionally dark follow ups, with a death of a fairly major character. So, while a couple things at the end aren’t explained, it’s definitely better than the first two movies, and almost as good as the third.

The plot concerns an interschool tournament which Hogwarts hosts. Harry’s name, along with Cedric Diggory’s (played extremely well by a pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson) is presented as a contender by the titular “Goblet of Fire”, despite the fact only one contestant per school is allowed, and Harry is under age anyway. Harry must then fight his way through numerous trials, and by the end he has to force down “You-Know-Who” (Lord Voldermort, the series bad guy) himself. Ralph Fiennes plays the Dark Lord, and is wonderfully creepy. He keeps to the movie traditions of the movie villian, but yet still manages to branch out a bit and put his own stamp on it.

mad-eyeThe supporting actors (almost all established British acting royalty) are all excellent in their parts. The main three are really growing into their characters, and into fine actors, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint especially. Emma Watson still has a bit of the “Orlando Bloom Syndrome” (standing there looking sexy, and then trying some screwed up thing with her eyebrows when trying to show emotion) but she’s getting better certainly. Brendan Gleeson and Miranda Richardson deserve extra mention however. He plays the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher who may have more about him than he lets on. She plays a manic wizard tabloid reporter who doesn’t mind manipulating the news to suit her angle. Both roles are crazy and fun, and I only hope they both get more to do in the upcoming movies.

The special effects are good, but not fantastic, except for a scene involving dragons. Harry must steal an egg from one of them as one of the trials, and the scene is quite thrilling. But one scene features him swimming underwater and encountering some mer-people type creatures. They look very “CGI’ed”. It doesn’t affect the story too much however, as the focus of the movie is on the characters not on the special effects.

OVRALL

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a very good entry into this increasingly solid franchise. The focus remains on the characters despite some solid CGI scenes, and the story moves at quite a nice pace. If the remaining movies keep this level of quality, we’re in for quite a good series.

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TRAILER

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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August 12, 2009 - Posted by | 4 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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