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November 13, 2018

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) --- “Dark And Difficult Times Lie Ahead. Everything Is About To Change.”

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     Steve Kloves returns as the writer while Mike Newell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) takes over for Cuarón as director for this fourth installment into the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).  Harry Potter is now in his fourth year at Hogwarts and the school is hosting this year’s Tri-Wizard Tournament, wherein three Champions (one from each school) compete in three frighteningly dangerous challenges in the hopes of winning the eternal glory, the Triwizard Cup, and a monetary prize. However, as always with Harry Potter, nothing is ever normal as he becomes the unwilling fourth Champion despite being underage. With help from his friends, Harry bravely faces the three challenges, awkwardly finds a date for the Yule Ball, and becomes involved in a life and death duel that will change the wizarding world as they know it. Be prepared to experience a thrilling and captivating world full of dragons, mermaids, necromancy, and teenage crushes.

     The story is thrilling, captivating, charming, and magical with some hints at doom and darkness that worked excellently. In a way you can see how the dark tone from The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) had an impact on the subtle dark and foreboding tone that starts to trickle in throughout this film. The story allows for the film to move along a quick pace without feeling like things were being rushed. The humor was perfectly timed and placed in a way that does not deter from the overall seriousness of the film. The three tasks were depicted in a way that made them both dangerous and magical, and the Yule Ball was breathtakingly lavish and enchanting. I am aware that some things were omitted from book to film but I am sure that if fans of the book watch this film with an open mind that they will learn to enjoy it just as much as the book.
     As always the cast gave superb performances, both new and old. We can clearly see how the trio - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint – have grown not only as actors but also in their characters too. The rest of the returning cast does great in their respective roles, while the new additions - Breandon Gleeson (Live by Night; Paddington 2) as Mad Eye Moody, Ralph Feinnes as Voldemort, Robert Pattinson (Damsel) as Cedric Diggory,  and Katie Leung (The Foreigner) as Cho Chang. For me, Ralph Feinnes was the most outstanding of the new additions. He has played a variety of different characters like a rom-com politician in Maid in Manhattan (2002) to historical/mythological characters in Wrath of the Titans (2012), The Duchess (2008), Richard III (2016), and Antony & Cleopatra (2018). He’s even played a secret agent in a few James Bond films. However, his role as Voldemort is unlike anything I have seen from him before, not even his role as Hades can compare to it. He was vicious and evil in an absolutely perfect way.  

     Overall, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) in an entertaining and worthy addition to the HP series. The storyline was compelling and ominous with a fast pace that was easy to follow. The humor was perfectly timed and placed in a way that does not deter from the overall seriousness of the film. The special effects, visuals, and music were all breathtaking, while the actors all gave superb performances once again. Although some aspects and details of the book were omitted from the film, I do believe that this is should be given the chance and as one of my favorite films in the series, I highly recommend it.

"No spell can reawaken the dead, Harry. I trust you know that. Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
- Dumbledore

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8.3 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  8.3 of 10 stars

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