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Vulcan Stev’s Family Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

hpatgofStarring:

Daniel Radcliffe …  Harry Potter
Emma Watson …  Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint …  Ron Weasley 
Timothy Spall …  Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew)
David Tennant …  Barty Crouch Junior
Mark Williams …  Arthur Weasley
James Phelps …  Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps …  George Weasley
Bonnie Wright …  Ginny Weasley
Jeff Rawle …  Amos Diggory
Robert Pattinson …  Cedric Diggory
Jason Isaacs …  Lucius Malfoy
Tom Felton …  Draco Malfoy
Stanislav Ianevski …  Viktor Krum

Synopsis from IMDb: Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year.  This year however, Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament. Students must be over 17 to enter, with the winner receiving eternal glory. Harry can’t enter it this year…or can he. When his name is read out from the Goblet of Fire, everyone assumes that Harry Potter has cheated. Harry insists that he never placed his name in there, with someone else behind it. But Who? Harry must now survive through dragons, sea creatures and a terrifying maze, all before coming face-to-face with a particular dark wizard.

Vulcan Stev: 1.75 pointed ears
I understand from my children and IMDb that there was quite a few cuts made to the novel to fit the entire novel in a two and half hour movie, but even could sense something was amiss.  Aside from seeing the Doctor whenever David Tennant was on screen, the were quite a few places where I was left scratching my head.  First it’s a Triwizard tournament, so why does the Goblet spew forth Harry’s name after selecting the three champions.  This magical device doesn’t know how to count?  Do the students at Hogwart’s honestly think Harry is a better wizard than Dumbledore, that he’s actually able to beat the enchantments set by the headmaster of Hogwarts and cheat?

This may be covered in the novel, but Ron acted completely out of character when he disbelieved Harry.  I did NOT buy Ron’s behavior.  There was no logical reason for Ron’s sudden distrust of Harry.  If the novel provided some clue as to why Ron felt like he did, it should have been left in the script.  I enjoyed the movie but felt that there were missing pieces.  My feeling is that if a studio is going to make a movie out of a novel do it right.  At least the Dursleys weren’t in this movie.

Mrs. VS – 1.5 pointed ears
My family enjoys this.  There are some places where younger viewers might be a little scared.  This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason

PIT #1 1.5 pointed ears
Where the producers DID film the novel they got it right.  However they left wa-a-ay too much out for my tastes.  They could have easily added another 30 – 45 minutes to add some of the sub-plots.

PIT #2 – 1.7 pointed ears
Ron acted completely out of character in the first half of the movie.  He’s supposed to be Harry’s best friend.

PIT #3 – 1.95 pointed ears
This movie felt too short to me.  I think that they could have told us more about the backstory.

8.4 pointed ears out of 10.  This movie is definitely part of a series and does not stand well on its own.  Warner Bros.  assumes that by this time there are no first time viewers to the series.  I can’t say that this is a accurate assessment on the studio’s part.

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February 26, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The movie is really good if you have read the books, otherwise, it is as you say here, a little unclear. I have read the entire series multiple times…this is a great book series that does ok with the movies (but as with all movies, they have to deal with the time constraints and end up cutting what is likely some critical scenes and details).

    Comment by Ruminator | February 27, 2009


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