Saturday, November 10, 2018


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was directed by Mike Newell and tells the story of the legendary Triwizard Tournament and the Goblet of Fire that spits out names of people it has chosen to be a champion and despite the fact that Harry Potter is not yet of age to compete his name comes out. Now he has to step up and prove himself while also solving the mystery of why he is even in this tournament while also dealing with an entire school who are looking down on him for the fact that he gets to participate.    This was the first Harry Potter movie to open without the evil vile Dursley Family the Harry Potter series has some awful people in it, one particular person, I'll talk about in my next review, but that family is horrible.  This movie gets to the action really quickly Harry, Hermione and Ron go to watch the world cup of Quidditch in which Death Eaters eventually take over the area destroying everything.  This movie also introduced the character Cedric Diggory he stars off as someone you don't like, but as the movie goes on you do eventually start to like him.  Goblet of Fire explored puberty more Harry, Hermione and Ron are starting to get a little older little cute looks at students is now turning into something more.  There's a dance in this film all of a sudden pressure is mounted on the students about who they are going to ask. This movie wisely plays much of this for comedy it is not taken overly seriously.  There is a great scene where Harry says that he would rather face a dragon again than ask a girl to this dance.    This movie also introduced Alastor Moody played by Brendan Gleeson a new teacher with a deep knowledge of the Dark Arts. He used to train people in Defense Against the Dark Arts and so he wants to teach these kids how to defend themselves. There is a really powerful sequence where he attempts to explain the Unforgivable Curses.   Even though Harry is experiencing some new feelings in a very funny scene he is not very amused by Hagrid's newfound love.   In this film, Harry and Ron get into an argument over a misunderstanding and so it also explores that aspect of friendship as well.  The start of The Triwizard Tournament and watching Harry face off against that dragon was so much fun.  The whole Dance sequence is done well you get the first time where Harry looks at Hermione and perhaps sees a woman and it's done beautifully.  The next challenge involves having to stay underwater for an hour. Harry ingest this plant that allows him to grow gills and we get this really terrific scene where he rescues not just his friend, but the other person's friend as well.  The final challenge in this tournament is a giant maze that entire sequence is extremely tense.  Everything that happens towards the end of this film is extremely impotent for Harry.  We see Lord Voldemort in his new body played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes. We learn more about Harry's parents and we get our first glimpse of epic showdowns that are to come when Harry faces off very briefly against Voldemort and Cedric does die.  The most powerful thing about this moment is when Harry's parents are by his side trying to help him.    Daniel Radcliffe is really magnificent towards the end of this movie. He gives a fantastic performance and I felt so much for him.  Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric was very touching. Everything about how this movie ends is a very good hint at what is to come.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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