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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 · 157 minutes

Directed by Mike Newell
Written by Steven Kloves, J.K. Rowling

Starring
 · Eric Sykes
 · Timothy Spall
 · David Tennant
 · Daniel Radcliffe
 · Emma Watson


Review by Tremonti Slash (Dustin Geisler)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth chapter, or school year, of this marvelous series. Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their education and studies at Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. However, this year is quite different, because an event is being held at Hogwarts, which tests and searches the best of the best and promises eternal glory for the champion: The Tri-Wizard Tournament.

Three schools are competing in this dangerous competition, which includes Hogwarts, Durmstrang from Romania, and Beauxbatons from France. No students under the age of seventeen are allowed to enter.  However, something strange happens. After the initial three names are ejected out of the Goblet, a fourth one pops out. The name, of course, turns out to be the underage Harry Potter.

There is more. After a deadly ambush on wizards at the Quidditch World Cup, someone creates the Dark Mark up in the smoky sky; the mark of Lord Voldemort. Something wicked this way comes, indeed.

 

Popcorn

 
 90%

This film is jammed pack with action that brings this series to a complete turnaround. This involves the three challenges beset to the four competitors of the tournament. The first challenge is to retrieve an egg protected by fierce dragons. This scene is fantastic. It is possibly the best special effects sequence in the Harry Potter movies thus far. The second challenge involves an underwater rescue sequence where fierce merfolk dwell and the third one is a maze with a mind of its own and many dangerous turns.

The sets are much like those in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Hogwarts looks gloomy and moldy on the outside, but inside it's warm and cheerful. The breathtaking landscape is broader, greener, and with more hills and streams. The setting and mood are brilliantly defined by these aspects to where you feel the suspense or joy or the pain or the uplifting moments that occurs to the characters while in these environments.

Unfortunately, one thing that disappointed me the most about this film was the music. John Williams did not compose the music this time around, which is a pity as the music for the predecessors was terrific. What Williams can do best is give definition and nuance to a scene with a few notes, perfecting that scene. I would have liked to see what this movie would have been like if he had scored the music instead of Patrick Doyle.

 

Smarts

 
 85%

In series like these, there isn’t an actor that stands out above the others.  The films must succeed due to a combined effort from the cast.

As for the younger actors…well…we all know they aren’t really that talented. Yet, they are charming enough to bring these beloved characters to life. Since this is the most emotional movie out of the current four, the young stars are given the opportunity to explore new territory and mature in their acting. Daniel Radcliffe, playing Harry Potter, used to have monotonous moments, especially in the first two films, but he surely has started coming into his own with Goblet of Fire. I cannot think of anyone else as Ron except for Rupert Grint, who in fact is the best actor out of all the whole bunch as far as the students go His facial expressions are brilliant. Having had experience in theatre at a young age, he clearly knows to enunciate well. Emma Watson as Hermione I think has the most to learn. She tends to overact, with sudden outbursts and constantly rushed breathing.

The older cast, however, are fantastic. I love Michael Gambon’s portrayal of Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. It’s the energy that he brings that makes him exciting to watch on screen. Alan Rickman lives up to his fantastic film record as the grim Professor Snape, and he is another actor who could never be replaced.

Two new additions to the cast are introduced in this series: Brendon Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Gleeson’s portrayal of Mad-Eye Moody is fantastic. It’s exactly how the character should have looked...oddball...sarcastic…but most importantly tough. Ralph Fiennes becomes the main antagonist as Lord Voldemort is reborn in his adult human-esque form for the first time. But don’t expect him to march out on the screen with the evil atmosphere of Darth Vader and Hannibal Lector. Voldemort is only in the film for perhaps 10 minutes, but still, Fiennes portrays him superbly. The makeup for him is terrific, with snakelike nostrils, a hairless head, and disgusting teeth.

Hardcore Harry Potter fans will probably be disappointed with a lot of elements left out of the transition to the big screen, but they may appreciate what Mike Newell, the first British director of these movies, has done to bring the resilience and style that J.K. Rowling has written into her novels. This new movie shows the epic temptations and the wide world of magic and mystical creatures of the Potter universe.

 

Final

I thought Goblet of Fire was very well made. I left the theatre satisfied, and immediately started telling everyone that this is by far the best Potter film, and I still stand by that statement today. Because of its dark nature, this film is the first to be rated PG-13 as opposed to PG. The same change in tone took place with the last Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith.  It had to be dark. This change turns around the Potter series in a complete 360. While it has taken on an air of darkness, it remains fun and exciting.



897 Words · Published: 5 December 2005

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