THE WIZARDING MARATHON OF HARRY POTTER REVIEW: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” stars Daniel Radcliffe (Horns, What If), Rupert Grint (Moonwalkers, Charlie Countryman), Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah), Robbie Coltrane (Brave, GoldenEye), Michael Gambon (Sleepy Hollow , Gosford Park), Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Downton Abbey [TV series]), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Galaxy Quest), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Troy), Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Remember Me), David Tennant (How to Train Your Dragon, Doctor Who [TV series]), Eric Sykes (Sykes [TV series], The Others), Jeff Rawle (Hollyoaks [TV series], Redistributors), Stanislav Ianevski (Hostel: Part II, Resistance), Katie Leung (Run [TV miniseries], One Child [TV miniseries]), Afshan Azad, Shefali Chowdhury (Heist: Jane [short], I am the Doorway [short]), Frances de la Tour (Hugo, The Book of Eli), Clemence Posey (127 Hours, In Bruges), Predrag Bjelac (The Omen, EuroTrip), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Reader),Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight), Timothy Spall (Enchanted, Secrets & Lies), Mark Williams (Father Brown [TV series], Flutter), Julie Walters (Brave, Brooklyn), Bonnie Wright (Before I Sleep, After the Dark), Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Peter Pan ), Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Oliver Phelps (Danny and the Human Zoo [TV movie], Own Worst Enemy), James Phelps (Ward 3, Patchwork), Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small [TV series], Sense and Sensibility), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Against the Sun), Matthew Lewis (Bluestone 42 [TV series], Me Before You), and David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Strain [TV series]). It is directed by Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and the screenplay is written by Steve Kloves (Racing with the Moon, Flesh and Bone). It is based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. When Harry Potter (Radcliffe) is selected to play in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a special set of games pitting different wizarding schools against each other, questions are raised as Harry is too young to participate. These games are dangerous and will test Harry to his limits, and it will take skill and help to survive the tournament.
“The Goblet of Fire” has probably one of the most interesting concepts of these films so far, and that most likely goes to the fact that I’m a sucker for movies centered around challenges where characters face off against each other in a winner-take-all set of games. I wasn’t a big fan of the “Hunger Games” movie when compared to the book however. This release was fun above all else I have to say about it. The Tri-Wizard Tournament gave way to beautiful special effects and awesome action sequences that I loved to watch. We got to see different schools compete, shedding light on the subject that Hogwarts isn’t the only school to teach magic. I will say that none of the other schools had any character development (which would be my first con), but at least they were something new to see. Something that this story touched on more than the games themselves is the character development of our three main characters. We haven’t gotten to see much conflict between our heroes and in this we do. Ron (Grint) and Harry have a fight as well as Ron and Hermione (Watson). Of course, my mind doesn’t care so much for teen drama as I do the tournament, but I will say that it built up who these characters are. This is the first film so far to not start at the Dursley’s and we get to see more aspects of Hogwarts and the wizarding realm itself. It’s always a delight to delve deeper into this world and see more creatures. The acting in this is very good as always, and one thing I liked was how Dumbledore (Gambon) has a bigger part than he usually does. We learn more about him and this will definitely take shape in the films to come. Voldemort (Fiennes) made his full-form arrival in this picture, and it provided the best ending to any of these movies so far. It was dark and it was odd (Voldemort is a creepy dude). It offers a lot of what is to come and it shifts the tone of what was a light-hearted franchise in the beginning. Other than what I have stated before, an issue I found in this movie would be how the other story arcs weren’t as interesting as the tournament. If they made the teen drama I talked about a little more enticing, I wouldn’t have to constantly wait around for the games to come on, which took a long time in my mind. In the end, this was a nice addition to the franchise that was filled with entertaining scenes and new aspects of the world of Harry Potter. FINAL SCORE: 85%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: