Monday, November 21, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Review by Michael Jaffe

Apologies to our loyal readers for the delay, but there was some miscommunication between the staff here at Mouldy’s Movies. So Harry Potter…’wow’ is the most I can say about this masterwork. The plot as many of you SHOULD know is Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts, is put into the tri-wizard tournament, and is faced with more dangers than ever before. The story, for those big fans of the big misses some major sections, none actually necessary to the plot, but still,, I would have enjoyed seeing the quiditch world cup match.
Some of these dangers for the film unfortunately happen to be the young trio’s inconsistencies in front of the camera. While Daniel Radcliff (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) have improved many times over since their debuts, they still have moments where there acting fails and the stunning cast around them outshines them a billion times over. Speaking of which, the supporting cast, other than new addition Brendan Gleeson as ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody, the new defense against the dark arts teacher, the supporting teachers, such as Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Miranda Richardson are in the 2 and a half hour film much less than they should be. Also new the series, director Mike Newell of the great Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco as well as the dreadful Mona Lisa Smile more visual flair than Chris Columbus and even Alfonso Cuarón, awing the entire audience when Harry fights a dragon, or when Harry finally meets his mortal enemy, Lord Voldemort, somewhat underplayed by Ralph Fiennes, the fights all had my jaw open and my knees quaking to see it again on the big screen. The film is the fastest 2 ½ hours I have ever experienced as Harry’s year speeds by, but by the time I walked out of the theatre, I wished there was more. 9/10

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