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Science Fiction - Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

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Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by Mike Newell
Based on the book by J. K. Rowling
2 DVDs
Warner Hopme Video 2006
157 minutes

Harry Potter is probably the only franchise movie where they have yet to make a bad one. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire DVD runs 157 minutes (2 and a half hours) which is a bit long for a movie and this one is certainly not for the impressionable kiddies as there are many scary scenes. Although you sometimes get the feeling some scenes are there just to show off some cool CGI graphics –such as the world quidditch match itself—though they are definitely cool, and there is a lot of stuff between the main scenes, this one is really great fun if you are a fan of the Harry Potter series. If you are ambivalent about J.K. Rowling’s creation, The Goblet Of Fire will maybe feel like half a movie where you somehow got half the mystery resolved.

Director Mike Newell does a great job keeping the Harry Potter movie franchise going with The Goblet Of Fire. He was faced with the daunting task of taking a beloved book that was more than 800 pages long and manage to please both those who have read the book a few times and know every little detail by heart and those whose familiarity with the young wizard is limited to his movie appearances. Another task, almost as Herculean as the tasks in the Triwizard Tournament, was to get the various pubescent young love interests set up and going without getting too maudlin.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is basically the story of how Harry gets, once again, involved in things against his will. He is somehow nominated to participate in the Triwizard Tournament even if it is for wizards over 17 and, of course, gets picked as one of the contestants. The tournament is a series of challenges involving dragons, an underwater challenge, and a maze challenge. Of course, Potter survives the ordeal –there are more books, movies, and knick-knacks in the works after all. The tasks allow for all the special effects extravaganza the Harry Potter movies are known for while between the tasks the story is allowed to move forward at a fairly decent pace. Of course, Lord Voldemort makes an appearance and Malfoy Senior’s involvement with the dark side is made amazingly clear to anyone who is not associated with Hogwarts.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire comes with an entire second DVD full of extra features: Additional Scenes, Conversations With The Cast, Preparing For The Yule Ball, Reflections On The Fourth Film, and a DVD game of the Triwizard Tournament which is as interesting and limited as others in the genre.

Richard Lanoie

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