Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Adolescent Awkwardness

Duration: 157min
Category: fantasy
Available: On DVD
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Is Harry Potter finally crumbling under his own weight?

While the fans of the franchise will gush, after one steps back, one has to admit that as a movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a muddled (muggled?) mess. The film makers have not been magical enough to successfully adapt Rowling’s rambling epic into a workable movie.

Still, that is not to say the film is a failure. For the faithful, it delivers just enough of everything to be entertaining. Also, once the film gets to its point, it gets pretty good. If we are being completely honest, Rowling’s book suffers the same problem.

Here the evil being faced by our heroes is time. There just isn’t enough time in a two and a half hour film to get in everything the author wants to convey. Therefore, the first half of that period of time is spent rushing through everything too quickly.

First there is the World Cup of Quiddich (over in 30 seconds). Then suddenly there is an attack by a mysterious evil. Then everyone’s at school and they are hosting another major sporting event. Then Ron’s mad at Harry but he gets over it. Hermione’s mad at Ron but she gets over it. Their love starts to blossom but where did that come from? The list goes on and on.

I know that they already shaved so much plot from the novel but still there is too much. And there are too many characters. Why did we need to see the irritating Rita Skeeter? She’s barely there. Trying to be everything to every Potter fan has left this film lacking.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a film strictly for the fans who want to oooh and aaah. It advances the plot but doesn’t act as its own story. While Azkaban managed to find a way to condense while creating a cohesive whole, Goblet of Fire gets too mixed up.

As I said, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is not a total waste. The ending is pretty good. Ralph Fiennes makes an awesome Lord Voldemort. When they allow themselves to tell the stories they want to tell the film makers make good film. Also, the film is worth seeing on the big screen just to get its full effect. However in trying to do too much they get over burdened.

Too much more of this and the magic will wear off.

Review By: Collin Smith

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