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Monday, January 02, 2006

Film Review - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Directed by Mike Newell.Running time: 157 minutes.Certificate: 12A

AFTER OPENING in November worldwide, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is, by now, the best Harry Potter movie in the series. It isn’t much of a surprise, since the movies achieve a higher level of excellence as they pass by. The first one was good, the second was great, and the third one was thrilling. The fourth instalment in the franchise improves some disappointing factors that affected the third movie (confusing ending; shallow performances), and is a winner from the start.

In a matter of action, ‘Goblet’ is much better than ordinary, brainless action flicks. It’s got emotion, tension, and incredible special effects. In fact, in matter of effects the Harry Potter series has been superb all the way. This time, director Mike Newell abuses much of them to create a spectacular and monstrous fire-breathing dragon, and an intense underwater sequence, filled with amazing creatures. Also, ‘Goblet’ is very surprising and unexpectedly unusual, with female giants and suicidal tasks for young wizards to complete. The Triwidard tournament is perhaps the best thing about the movie, for it adds character development, action, and density to the movie. It is also a reunion of the most spectacular, eye-candy sequences of cinema. The story also gets very dark and elaborate. Voldemort is coming back, and the Dark Mark indicates that.

Speaking on Voldemort, let’s not forget the great interpretation of Ralph Fiennes. After a superb interpretation in ‘The Constant Gardner’, Fiennes delivers another great role, his chillier and most dangerous character since Francis Dolarhyde in ‘Red Dragon’. All the actings are great, but also not award deserving. The leading teenage trio works effectively well, especially Rupert Grint as the hilarious Ron Weasley. He mumbles and fumbles, but has a great heart, shown by Rupert really well. Michael Gambon proves once again to be a great actor as Albus Dumbledore. Sirius Black, here being reduced to a few minutes in a scene, is played perfectly by Gary Oldman. All other actors deserve a thumbs-up.

The dark background given in ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ fits perfectly in ‘Goblet’, which features Death Eaters and the Dark Mark that appears in an unusual Quidditch Match, which was not presented in ‘Azkaban’. Although the darkness is very well presented here, Newell scores by perfectly showing an unusual teenager problem. Newell shows the wizards’ greatest fear – attraction – so well in some parts, that you can literally feel hormones boiling in the theatre. There is a dance sequence in the movie, and where teenagers from all different wizardry schools show one very particular interest, shown in screen perfectly. ‘Goblet’ is a movie that unites different movie genres exceedingly well, such as drama, action, thriller, adventure and romance. The film itself is really long, running for more than two hours, but all the time was used incredibly well, and this reflects after the credits roll on the screen.
Concluding, ‘Goblet’ is the best in the Harry Potter series by now, because it shows the emotion and fear of the characters with so many memorable scenes. There’s a phrase in the movie that could explain everything going on in Harry’s mind. Difficult times lie ahead, and soon we must choose between what’s right and what’s easy. It might sound cheesy, but it is the perfect definition for all that’s going on in Potter’s mind. This human side of the powerful wizard makes the movie irresistible and one of the years best.

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