Monday, November 21, 2005

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - Movie Review


Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was a good movie, but a tad bit disappointing when you compare it to its wonderful prequel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Converting a 636 page book into a two and a half hour movie was always going to be a difficult task and in his effort to fit almost all the events of the book into the movie, Director Mike Newell failed to bring out the nuances of some of the wonderful chapters in the book.

Sadly, we do not get a glimpse of the Bulgarians playing the Irish in the Quidditch World Cup as we are immediately taken to the attack of the Death eaters and the conjuring of the Death Mark. The first half of the movie was quite loose in its screenplay but the second half was brilliant. It was an incredibly absorbing hour post-interval and for me, the second half saved the movie. The Tri-Wizard tournament was beautiful and all the three tasks were a treat to watch. I would be very surprised if this movie does not win an Oscar for Best Special Effects. The graphics were out of this world, especially the entry of the Durmstrang ship.

The casting for this movie was excellent with Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory and Stanislav Ianevski as Viktor Krum doing great justice to their roles. Brendan Gleeson was awesome as Mad-Eye Moody but his eye looked too much like a table tennis ball. Oliver and James Phelps as the Weasley twins were a hit with the audience once again. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) had small roles but they did a decent job. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was surprisingly good and did really well in the graveyard scene. The biggest let-down for me was Albus Dumbledore's (played by Michael Gambon) characterisation. JK Rowling, in the book, describes Dumbledore as an unflinching person even in the greatest of difficulties and also as someone who holds a commanding presence. He was anything but that in the movie. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort-Perfect!

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire- a good movie with few amazing scenes and some tremendously well done special effects, a definite must see if you’ve ever heard about ‘The Boy Who Lived’.

My Verdict: 6.5/10

26 comments:

Leon said...

I haven't seen a single movie from the Potter series!! Seriously!

I have the time now.. Maybe I'll try this one.. :-)

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Neon said...

Leon,
Well the first 2 movies were pretty mediocre but i suggets that you see no.3 and no.4

Neon said...

Hobbes,
Blog visited, and again Why! Why me!!

Vishal said...

lol!! yeh it was ok.. wish he had given emma more screen time tho:'(..

Antarius said...

Also, Moody's eye is mechanical..
And when he zooms his HEARING becomes better too...

Frankly, if you love your lives... skip the movie. And Vol- sorry You-know-who *rolls eyes* looks like a clown... not a shred of evil

And the arrival of the Demented's oh sory demntors *shudder* is a rpoff in HP 3. The Nazgul screech and circle... Demented's dont even FLY!!!!!

P.S See HP3 book american edition. The picture at the head of thew chaptor has HP and the dementors... it looks like he is conducting and the dementors are singing...

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Neon said...

Vishal,
Don't we all wish that...

Neon said...

Antarius,
What is the favourite sweet of a Nazgul?(Its pretty simple)

Gaya said...

I liked it; Pattinson's hot. =)

Neon said...

Uhh...if u say so

Vishal said...

my rxn exactly.. did u notice something.. cho chang was surrounded by better lookin ppl all the time.. wats the deal wit that.,.

Gaya said...

Psch... What would guys know.

Aditya said...

I thought the movie was great though the first half was almost crap! I saw it on the 16th of November though it only releases on the 17th here in Singapore. I watched it in sneak preview (full movie!).

Neon said...

Vishal,
Cho Chang- she looks younger than Harry too. She's supposed to be a fifth year in this movie.

Neon said...

Gaya,
We do know a lot of stuff! Ask us anything about the Beauxbaton students and you'll understand.

Neon said...

Aditya,
How did you get into a preview show? That too for HP 4?!

sukanya said...

Liked your review.. a LOT!!

Vishal said...

neon u hit the nail right on the head.. hehe

Antarius said...

I disagree...
Nothing against you..

But isnt the rating (7.5 - 7)/10...

Neon said...

Sukanya Thanks!
Antarius Why do you feel that the movie was so bad? I havent heard a bad review for the movie yet, so i would like to hear your views on the film.

the Monk said...

oh come now, HP3 the movie was good?or were u just being sarcastic?i certainly hope u were...i mean, it is commonly agreed that HP3 the book is the best, but the movie was definitely the worst...to each his own, i guess...

Antarius said...

Ill be nice...
HP sucks...

1. For starters, she has ripped off the Lord of the rings bigtime and is earning from sumone elses genius
There is an auror named PROUDFOOT (looks familiar?)
2. The movies plainly suck... I could do a better job with half the budget.
3. Harry, Hermnione, Dumbledore, Malfoy, Cedric, Flitwick, Neville, Moody cant act to save their own .. lower-backsides
4. McGonaggal, Snape and Ron do decent job
5. I dont like Brits very much. Between their Security council seat, messing up of oour country and Kevin Pietersen, I dont like britain
6. Peter Jackson made a great book something. Hire him!!!
7. Factual errors
8. Factual errors
..
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8930430028. Harry is a non-vegetarian (he HAMs)
8930430029. No world cup?????
8930430030. Fred and George look like half-mutated owls. Like animorphs...
8930430031. Part 3. Tyhe demntors circle screeching... The Nazgul do the same when faramir is holding Frodo and Sam prisoner

I think that 8930430031 reasons is enough..

Peace,
Antarius

Neon said...

the monk,
The third movie was really, really good. The actors actually acted in that movie unlike HP1 and HP2. The screenplay was taut, graphics good, movie didnt deviate much from the actual story, direction of alfonso cuaron was brilliant, and the climax was amazing. Do you actually feel that the amateurish efforts of Chris Columbus in the first 2 movies are even worth seeing again, let alone comparing it to the third movie? I definitely disagree with you but as you said, to each his own.

Neon said...

Antarius,
You believe that JKR ripped off Tolkien. I seriously dont get it. I havent heard of an auror called proudfoot. Sirius was padfoot, if thats who u mean. You are comparing the dementors flying to the Nazgul's circling Frodo and Sam. So what if the dementors screech , it doesnt mean that its a copy of LOTR. And i dont even think they screech in the movie. LOTR was a brilliant movie, definitely better than HP3 or Hp4 or any other movie possibly ever made. But ur not explaining how HP is a copy of LOTR. And ur bringing Kevin Pieterson into the argument. He's not even British! I t seems obvious that you hated the books, so it would be pretty tough for you to like the movies, wouldnt it?

P.S: I agree with u on one point though.
6. Peter Jackson made a great book something. Hire him!!!

Anonymous said...

Harry Potter6 ... Tonks is stationed with dawlish, Proudfoot and Kingsley.. check it out
The dialogue on the dark lord with no physical form etc. is ripped word for word, check that out too
Pietersen isnt British.. but he plays for England, and thats bad enuf... maybe Overrated beckham would be better (he played for Man U too... all the better)
Watch the two movies, the whole dementor thing is the same..

frodo = Harry [same number of letters]
Ron = Sam p[both shortforms]
Merry and Pippin = fred and George
Gandalf = Dumbledore (see HP 6 cover. He looks like Dumbledore)
Wormtail = Wormtongue [backstabber]
Saruman = sanpe maybe [backstabber too]

The comparison is endless...
and the maximum used word is SNOG

An excetrpt from HP6
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