Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Reviews
Originally Written November 18, 2005--
The fourth movie in the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). This year, the legendary Tri-Wizard Tournament brings the arrival of two competing schools to Hogwarts. When Harry's name is unexpectedly drawn by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the tournament---even though he is not eligible and is technically a fourth player---he must still compete in the dangerous contest.
I really enjoyed this new Harry Potter film. While condensed quite a bit from the largest novel in the series to date, screenwriter Steve Kloves streamlined J.K. Rowling's 700-plus-page opus into cinematic fighting form. Meanwhile, director Mike Newell delicately balances between whimsy and the ominous, on the uncertain middle ground where Harry lives, poised between fun at school, teenage romance, and an ever-deepening dark abyss. And the special effects, which threatened to overwhelm the first two movies, are seamlessly integrated here. But the best part of the film are Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson, who are becoming amazing actors in their own right. Who would have ever thought when these three kids were cast in these iconic roles all those years ago that they would be the best part of these films? In a word, incredible! Four-and-a-half stars.