Monday, July 6, 2015

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Like the Book, a Good But Not Great Transitioning Film

The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth in the franchise, had both the unenviable task of following the "Prisoner of Azkaban" as well as bring to film how the series transitions from the lightheartedness of the earlier series to the darker themes to come.

Like it's predecessor, "Goblet of Fire" was boiled down to the essential plot and foreshadowing elements needed for future films, however until like it's predecessor it wasn't as well done given the amount of things that occurred in the book that related to one another. The decision to focus on action given the events of the Triwizard Tournament is not the problem, it was the amount and quality that was and that took away from the narrative especially when it came to Voldemort's supporter within Hogwarts and the surrounding details connected to him. The memories of the Pensieve are better executed in the film than in the book, though the clues they provide could be lost if you aren't paying attention. The main cast of the film continued to grow as actors and the inclusion of Ralph Fiennes (Lord Vordemort) and Brendan Gleeson ('Mad Eye' Alastor Moody) provide perfect actors to portray their characters.

The fourth installment of the Harry Potter franchise is a good film, but there were missteps that stopped if from equally the quality of it's predecessor "Prisoner of Azkaban". Even with these unfortunate mistakes, "Goblet of Fire" does succeed in bring to the forefront that the franchise is in for some dark times ahead.

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