I’m writing this on Friday 11/18/05. I usually like to post reviews the night I see a movie, or the next night at the latest. But my computer is STILL down for the count so it might be Tuesday 11/22 before I can post.
Using this unfamiliar laptop at my girlfriend’s place again will probably also cause this to be a short review, even by MY standards… (AGAIN)
My memory is so bad, I barely remember reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I know I liked it, like I liked all the books, and I remember certain parts and certain scenarios, etc., but for the most part the whole things a blur.
So basically, I walked into the film adaptation, the fourth in the series, a blank slate. I knew this was the series debut of director Mike Newell, and I knew this movie would have to be pretty long as this was the longest book so far. After a great film in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, my expectations were very high, which always worries me because that makes disappointment all the more painful. Newell did a great job, as did Steven Kloves, who’s written the screenplays for all the films so far.
Thankfully for all of us, there was no disappointment to be had.
Our young heroes are still the same and played better every film by Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe as The Boy Who Lived. I still really like them and their camaraderie, and I truly hope the trinity stays intact through out the film series. As they get older, they get better, yet somehow I still feel a certain rawness that makes them all the more interesting.
It’s weird to see how the rest of the young cast gets older as well and more mature. It’s almost like seeing your children grow up…Well, OK, maybe not your children, but maybe your neighbor’s kids?
Goblet of Fire is the darkest film so far…the first to be rated PG-13, and at times it’s pretty creepy. I won’t get into details because that would be telling, and I’m way too lazy, but a great tournament held on the grounds of Hogwarts is threatened by the possible apparent return of, well, You Know Who.
Is he back?
Watch the movie.
You’ll be glad you did.