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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Robbie Coltrane
Michael Gambon
Alan Rickman
Ralph Fiennes
Miranda Richardson
Shefali Chowdhury
Afshan Azad
Angelica Mandy.
Directors
Mike Newell.
Screenwriters
Steve Kloves.
Running Time
157 minutes

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
The Triwizard Tournament is upon us...


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Plot
When Hogwarts hosts the prestigious and dangerous Triwizard Tournament, the enchanted Goblet Of Fire inexplicably selects unqualified 14 year-old Harry (Radcliffe) as a competitor. Thus he has to face three terrifying tasks while a dark power gathers force against him. Even scarier, he has to get a date for the Yule Ball.


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The fourth offering in the Harry Potter franchise sees The Boy Who Lived and his chums trying to get through another year at the increasingly dangerous Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry. This means, as ever, secrets and treachery within, hostilities with classmates and life-threatening magical sports days. New to the mix is the embarrassing reality of tortured adolescence, with sexual awakenings and brooding mood-swings exacerbated by the added distraction of glamorous foreign exchange students. Making quite the grand entrance are the chic girls of Beauxbatons Academy and the hunky boys of Durmstrang Institute. Welcome to Harry Potter And The Rampaging Hormones.

This is certainly not a movie for young children, however engaging its characters and comic touches. Teen angst and relationship problems are pretty boring if you’re six. But it’s not the burgeoning sexuality that’s landed the picture its 12A certificate, rather its genuinely darker vein of fantasy horror. For the maturing Potter core audience this is well-developed, with teasing terrors and skin-crawling set-pieces as the dark Lord Voldemort rises again — as all dark lords must, it seems, DLs notoriously being even harder to kill totally dead than the nut-job in Halloween. (Quite why Lord V. is so preoccupied with plotting against the promising pipsqueak Harry is presumably something to be clarified for cinema audiences in the fullness of time.)

Mike Newell, as the first British director entrusted with a series entry, oversees plenty of spiffing special-effects action — the Quidditch World Cup final, a dragon fight, an underwater sequence and Gary Oldman’s (all-too-brief) fiery apparition — but as one would expect, he does a good job with the more personal, realistic emotional content, bringing on the young leads’ performances noticeably in the process. So it’s a shame that he’s less successful in handling the necessary novel-to-screen compression.

Even though Newell’s adaptation runs to more than two-and-a-half hours, the book is such a doorstopper that screenwriter Steve Kloves had to ditch more material this time around. Harry’s annual confinement with his ghastly Dursley relations and Hermione’s house-elf-liberation campaign is gone. While he was at it, it’s a pity he didn’t also delete tabloid hackette Rita Skeeter — however much one likes Miranda Richardson — since she obviously functions as author J. K. Rowling’s dig at celebrity-stalking gossips, adding nothing more than running-time the story doesn’t need.

As it is, there’s too much contrasting material
with which to contend: the life-or-death challenges of the Triwizard competition are interspersed with a host of new characters and their sinister or serio-comic sub-plots, school lessons, the agenda of yet another eccentric new Defence Against The Dark Arts professor in Brendan Gleeson’s fierce Mad-Eye Moody, Potter sidekick Ron’s sulks, swotty Hermione’s makeover and Harry’s blushing attempts to ask a girl to a dance…

Consequently, the story editing goes through some distinctly choppy patches. It looks as if several scenes were filmed at greater length, surviving in quick snippets that are frequently unnecessary. The movie Newell set out to make — eccentric comedy-cum-Hitchcockian conspiracy — can only be glimpsed briefly, before that beast of a plot charges back into shot, demanding attention.

Thankfully, most of it is pulled together towards the end. It’s no secret that Ralph Fiennes handles the long-awaited appearance of evil Voldemort himself, and thankfully his big scene is sensationally creepy, ensuring strong anticipation for frights to come.


Verdict
It’s refreshing that Potter 4 aspires to be a paranoid thriller rather than yet another detective mystery. House points, too, for the movie's terrific effects and considerable charm, but, once again, you can’t help wishing the filmmakers had been bolder with the adaptation.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo


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The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 21:31, 13 December 2011 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330373/]Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fireothing special this one, except for the finale wich was cool. It never gets really exciting. The effects get better and better though and still look good. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 22:25, 11 July 2011 | Report This Post


Big on Adventure, Less so on Heart

A downstep in quality after Prisoner of Azkaban caused by the enormity of the book and the fact that it has been labourously reduced. The most adventurous potter film but also the most hateful: cliched teen romance, even more awkward acting from Radcliffe, Gambon who fails to match the charm from the previous film and altogether feels long. However through all this it has some absolute gems especially that ending which is the best bit in the film. 3 stars from me - good but not entirely satisfyi... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 16:19, 01 July 2011 | Report This Post


An Improvement, But A Marginal One

Following in the trend started by the third film, a new director is yet again brought on board. This time it's Mike Newell, famous for the excellent Donnie Brasco. But does he bring his movie magic to the Harry Potter franchise? Well, yes and no. They've definitely captured the essence of the book, and given the characters a lot more breathing space to toy with. But in terms of filmic merit, this is, yet again, little more than a solid film. A definite improvement over its' predecessor, but only... More

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Posted by blaud at 15:24, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


Harry Potter and the Goblet of at least four stars...

Things started to get REALLY interesting in Azkaban. Harry inherits a Godfather wanted by the magical world for murder- falsely accused, naturally. He also discovers his best mate's rat is actually a conniving traitor who sold his parents down the river to HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED. Oh, and he got a new broom. Again. Soooo. The Goblet Of Fire builds on this success, Azkaban under the skilful guidance of Cueron set a darker stall for HP- which fits nicely alongside the growing darkness of Rowling'... More

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Posted by Boromirs Redemption at 16:03, 13 December 2010 | Report This Post


The Goblet of Fucking Awesome!

3 STARS?!! This is (So far) the best Potter movie yet. It completely improved on the Mediocre Part 3. Its just too bad that Part 5 was so disappointingly rubbish. Thank God that Potter 6 was also good. ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 17:41, 12 October 2010 | Report This Post


This film version clearly isn't as good as the book (which is absolutely my favorouite one in the series), however it's still Harry Potter and that just can't be bad!! They messed up with some of the scenes but it's exciting and the effects are well done. All in all a GREAT movie! ... More

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Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 18:14, 09 November 2009 | Report This Post


This film version clearly isn't as good as the book (which is absolutely my favorouite one in the series), however it's still Harry Potter and that just can't be bad!! They messed up with some of the scenes but it's exciting and the effects are well done. All in all a GREAT movie! ... More

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Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 18:14, 09 November 2009 | Report This Post


i honestly didn't mind michael gambon as an actor, but he had to ruin it by playing dumbledore. i don't care what anyone says, in an otherwise loyal-to-the-book (casting wise) film, gambon sticks out like an abrasive sore thumb. anyone who adores the books, surely does not believe he makes a good dumbledore!!??! and as for the film, it's definitely too much shoved in to quickly. and therefore lacks the quality the book reeks of. too many good books are being ruined by poor film franchises. ... More

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Posted by Be.86 at 21:19, 18 June 2009 | Report This Post


Disapointing

The action sequences including the tournament quests and the ending save this film from being very disapointing. The editors and screen writers have left important scenes out of the film and replaced with superflous scenes like any with Rita Skeeter who is forgotten about or discarded like a toy by an uninterested child making her early scenes quite pointless. The actors are so well cast but Michael Gambon plays Dumbledore all wrong in this adaptation which is really upsetting and makes you wis... More

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Posted by hellboy22 at 15:17, 08 January 2009 | Report This Post


Disapointing

The action sequences including the tournament quests and the ending save this film from being very disapointing. The editors and screen writers have left important scenes out of the film and replaced with superflous scenes like any with Rita Skeeter who is forgotten about or discarded like a toy by an uninterested child making her early scenes quite pointless. The actors are so well cast but Michael Gambon plays Dumbledore all wrong in this adaptation which is really upsetting and makes you wis... More

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Posted by hellboy22 at 15:17, 08 January 2009 | Report This Post


Big disapointing. Holes in screenplay biggest than Hagrid. It was only an action - story was on a second plane. Booring, in some place stupid and too "cool". Dress is the best :P. Three stars. One for Emma Watosn, one for Clémence Poésy and one for a.. poor and stupid dragon. ... More

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Posted by ARmy2510 at 16:54, 21 April 2008 | Report This Post


The Best Adaptation yet!

I felt this was dark, about bloody time too, and deserves more praise than Empire is giving it. In my opinion the abomination that is the first 3 shouldn't count, and pitting this against the slightly tedious OOTP, it winsoutright for al the stupendous turns, the FX are outstanding, like OOTP, and the themes of death and redemption for tots as well as tweens are handled perfectly. I count this more as an actual film than a blockbuster. ... More

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Posted by Doctor Batman at 11:51, 23 March 2008 | Report This Post


The Best Adaptation yet!

I felt this was dark, about bloody time too, and deserves more praise than Empire is giving it. In my opinion the abomination that is the first 3 shouldn't count, and pitting this against the slightly tedious OOTP, it winsoutright for al the stupendous turns, the FX are outstanding, like OOTP, and the themes of death and redemption for tots as well as tweens are handled perfectly. I count this more as an actual film than a blockbuster. ... More

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Posted by Doctor Batman at 11:51, 23 March 2008 | Report This Post


And shuddup RLHaylor. Michael Gambon was superb in Azkaban. "Did what?...goodnight!" ... More

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Posted by parttimepunk at 02:15, 08 March 2008 | Report This Post


Shite! ... More

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Posted by parttimepunk at 02:12, 08 March 2008 | Report This Post


Shite! ... More

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Posted by parttimepunk at 02:12, 08 March 2008 | Report This Post


Apart from the first one, this is possibly the worst one in the series, I don't think it went to dark, until the end, before that it was still the same chessy stuff we've seen from the other installments. ... More

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Posted by dgribble at 17:25, 21 February 2008 | Report This Post


Rubbish!

Absolute bullcrap! Nothing like the book which is really good. How comerciallised could Harry Potter get? What a disgrace. I don't think I'll even bother with th films anymore, I'll just stick to the books. ... More

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Posted by mozzy_gal at 20:38, 22 January 2008 | Report This Post


Great film--not as good as prisoner but still a great film. Well acted--especially Brendan Gleeson who is phenomenal as usual, David Tennant, and Miranda Richardson. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 18:03, 18 July 2007 | Report This Post


Excellent fantasy action but...

At times otter and the Goblet of Fireexcellent fantasy adventure. At other times however, you may think you are watching s 90210p;a good bulk of the screen time is taken up by teen angst nonsense.  If this is how J.K. Rowling is developing the series I will be very disappointed with the later entries. This type of stuff has no place in a fantasy film. This is akin to, imagine if you will, Bruce Lee slowly watering his garden during combat scenes or Rambo talking gossip in the loc... More

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Posted by directorscut at 23:00, 16 July 2007 | Report This Post


True class, but let down in some places.

courier new"]Potter-mania seems unstoppable and the high standards and hype surrounding the previous films have sent the nations expectations of this latest contribution spiralling out of control. True, there's still that winning cocktail of engaging characters, stunning special effects and award-winning action sequences but it feels as though the true gems of this film have been lost in an effort to cut down the running time. However, it is a thoroughly enjoyable affair though admittedly not f... More

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Posted by hannah_x at 15:10, 17 June 2007 | Report This Post


Tragic

I've always liked GoF, but after the films adaption, I feel that it's lost its charm. I was really looking forward to Hermione's SPEW sub-plot, but the film-makers decided it was irrelevant. Now I know that in OotP, it won't be added either, so I'm not keeping my hopes up. I haven't even bought this on DVD, it's just too badly done, and every character is so aggressive. What went wrong in those 2 months away from Hogwarts that gae everyone some pent-up rage? ... More

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Posted by Jeimii at 17:02, 19 May 2007 | Report This Post


The goblet of crap.

Most of it was ok, but rhe voldermort VS Harry sceene was rubbish and rushed. ... More

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Posted by elimonator at 18:45, 17 May 2007 | Report This Post


Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire

Oh My God this was the Harry Potter film I have been waiting for. Finally everything comes together to produce one hell of good movie. The performances are top notch this time, including Michael Gambon who finally gives Dumbledore some justice compared to his abysmal Azkaban debut. The adaption is also pretty strong with Dobby's section easily avoided and missed out however it must be said that the story's fails in 2 respects. 1st it doesnt resolve the Rita Skeeter section for the OOTP film and ... More

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