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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Dec 19, 2010
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This is when the Harry Potter films really started to take of. I mean, the first three films were great and all, but this is when it started to get serious. Technically, this is the first film in the new wave of Potter, and it definitely shows the maturation of the characters and gives them a more adult problem to solve.

The characters are maturing and like the other three films, a whole slew of new ones are introduced while still keeping the old ones intact. the visual effects in this film are all great and help the story without overpowering it. Everything about this film is just simply fantastic, and this set the tone for the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth films.

The three leads do a great job in their respective roles (even though long hair does not suit Harry or Ron), but I'd have to say the main strength is the supporting cast. Not only do the recurring supporting cast (McGonagall, Snape, Malfoy, Dumbledore) do well, but the addition of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort and (apparently the best Doctor Who) David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr. both were great actors with great performances.

As much as I hate Robert Pattinson (now the infamous Edward Cullen), he actually did not do badly as Cedric Diggory. He actually didn't speak in cockney slur, he had a nice haircut, and he did not have major girl-cults follow him everywhere. I don't care about anything to do with Twilight, and I'm probably one of the few people who remembers him as Cedric Diggory as opposed to Edward Cullen. But enough about that, onto the rest of the film.

Out of all the films that had been made up to this point, this one definitely has the most computer effects, but that doesn't mean that they overpower the story. Quite the opposite actually, they are worthy of admiration, but they are meant to help the story. Out of all the scenes with major CGI, my favourite was definitely when Harry was battling the Hungarian Horntail. I mean, come on, it's a big computer generated dragon, who wouldn't love that.

The other non-action scenes were great too, like the Yule Ball scene and the scene where Ron is dancing with McGonagall. With that comes my favourite line in the whole movie, which is:

Harry: "Hey, you're never going to let him forget this are you"
Fred and George: "NEVER!"

But hey, that's what siblings would do. If one of my brothers were forced to dance with McGonagall, I would never let him forget it either. But let's continue with the movie. Pretty much all the scenes were great, spare for a few bad ones (like the end of the Yule Ball scene when Ron was a total asshole to Hermione). The climax was incredibly epic and it definitely shows off Ralph Fiennes' acting talents and portrayal of one of the greatest literary villains ever (again, thanks to AVPM, I will probably never be able to take Voldemort seriously again).

This was definitely when the films started to get darker, and fans of the series couldn't be happier. It also does a great job transitioning into the even darker new wave films. If i had to pick between the old wave and the new wave, I would definitely pick the new wave. I mean, I love the old wave films, but this one and the ones after it (including my personal favourite, Order of the Phoenix). I know they cut big chunks out of these films from the books, but they kind of had to so as to keep the films (which are already long to begin with) from being three hours long.

If you haven't seen this, it's definitely worth a watch, especially if you have seen any other films in the series. If you're a fan of the books or other movies, you have to see this now. It's my third favourite of the movies (remember, I haven't seen Deathly Hallows part I yet) and my second favourite of the new wave. These films are a perfect blend of action, magic, humour, great acting, and heart. Most certainly worth a rental.

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December 19, 2010
Another wonderful Potter review.
 
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy-adventure film directed by Mike Newell and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film is the fourth installment in the Harry Potter film series, although 1492 Pictures decided to leave the series. The film was produced by David Heyman and his company Heyday Films. The screenplay was penned by Steve Kloves. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. The film is set during the trio's fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A highly dangerous competition, the Triwizard Tournament, is being held at Hogwarts with only one student from each of the three competing schools selected to take part, but mystery occurs when the Goblet of Fire chooses Harry Potter as a fourth competitor.

Filming began in early 2004 and the scenes of Hogwarts took place at the Leavesden Film Studios. Five days after its release, the film had grossed over US$102 million at the North American box office, the highest first-weekend tally for a Harry Potter film, and enjoyed an immensely successful run at the box office, earning over $895 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of 2005 and the 8th-highest grossing film of all time. It was the third highest grossing film in the U.S. for 2005 making $290 million. As of September 2009 it is the unadjusted 15th highest-grossing film of all time. As of September 2009 it is ...
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