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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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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 16:28, 11 March 2007 | Report This Post


My favourite book and film

I really enjoyed this because it is much darker and harry is begining to struggle with his status that he is the only one who can kill voldermort. I wish people would stop slagging the films off because they are good and mostly for the children that read the books so all you adults who are complaining please get a life and review something that interests you rather than criticising it. ... More

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Posted by Jenni_Hud at 09:25, 08 November 2006 | Report This Post


Will the real HP please stand up!

i really enjoyed this film. I felt it was the very first time that the HP story (as a film) stood up on its own as a concept, and not a new version of several older fantasy stories. This one rocked! ... More

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Posted by Funk_Knight at 17:18, 26 September 2006 | Report This Post


The worst one so far. Its really long, but practically nothing happens in it!!!! ... More

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Posted by huny_monster at 21:49, 14 June 2006 | Report This Post


really liked it

Really liked the latest one but it does feel the same as all the others in all respects. ... More

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Posted by alexisreaver2132 at 10:11, 16 May 2006 | Report This Post


harry potter 4

very very good, thought that it was a tad long and they did leave out an awful lot but they had to or else it would be on forever. thought that the child stars were shite as usual but thats not something that we weren't expecting. the adult cast were fantastic as usual although alan rickman not getting enough screen time was a problem. the so-so special effects added to the dissapointment but that was more than made up for by the terrifing stand out performence by ralph fiennes as the dark lord ... More

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Posted by frankenstien at 19:17, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post


It was nice, but a bit boring...Harry was good. Hermione and Ron were written poorly though. Everything felt so rushed. It doesn't deserve three stars, but one star is a bit too low. I give it two. ... More

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Posted by moi_18 at 00:14, 04 April 2006 | Report This Post


-X-X-X-X-X-X-X------CONTAINS SPOILERS------X-X-X-X--X-X-X-X-X-X The younger cast have also grown into their roles, improving from their previous outing. Rupert Grint, usually used to playing a comical and stupid Ron, had the chance to cut his acting teeth and show Ron's darker, bitter side and he did well. The Phelp twins have also improved dramatically. No longer do they come across as wooden cut-outs just reading from a cue-card and instead they are able to show the mischievous spontaneity ... More

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Posted by luvinfilms at 09:53, 03 April 2006 | Report This Post


Best Harry Ever

After the first three movies I got Bored. Philosophers stone was awesome but very slow.Chamber of secrets was so so. Prisoner of azkaban was alright my expections were not very high but I was blown away by effects,acting abilities and storys of teenage angst.I am thirteen so I really could relate to the storys of attractions to the other sex and trying to ask a girl out.I Loved how this movie was a thriller and not just a mystery.I loved how the filmmakers showed the brilliant scenes of torture ... More

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Posted by freddyfan at 14:15, 24 March 2006 | Report This Post


All the ticks are right. Dragon gets loose on time, Harry blushes at the right moment and the movie is given the right dark tones. That is why the movie looks so commercial and so mediocre. Studio is happy with the bucks but am I? ... More

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Posted by djonikaitis at 08:43, 20 March 2006 | Report This Post


Goblet of fire

After a very disappointing sequel to the chamber of secrets, this had to be improved. With a better book and an extended movie, they just about manage to do it. Brilliant. ... More

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Posted by premierbaron at 14:30, 18 March 2006 | Report This Post


The Best So Far!

I agree with Musefan. It deserves more stars than a measly 3 stars. I definatly give it a high score of 5 stars. The specail effects are absolutely brilliant especaily in the Quidditch World Cup with the stands. It's a shame they couldn't put more of the book into the movie but then it would be 2 days long. If u catch my drift. ... More

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Posted by goldengirl at 09:49, 17 March 2006 | Report This Post


Better than ever

Harry Potter is better than ever on this film. Even though it starts off a bit boring it magically weaves through the next 2 and a half hours . With brilliant acting from everyone, this film is a chiller. Bringing the legend back to life is Mike Newall. The three tasks are filmed with and amazing style adding suspense. In the final graveyard scene where voldermort rises, your full attention is on the screen. It can't really get any better. It is Michael Gambon's second attempt to play the role ... More

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Posted by tomhemingwaycom at 10:55, 05 March 2006 | Report This Post


I love this film

What a cool film ... More

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Posted by kingkong66 at 18:34, 16 February 2006 | Report This Post


Given it's now in the top 201 I hope Empire, along with Narnia, change their opinion come the DVD release. ... More

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Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 14:00, 28 January 2006 | Report This Post


harry shiter than ever

what a load of boring drivel nearly fell asleep what awaste of 2 hours ... More

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Posted by bondy76 at 00:14, 14 January 2006 | Report This Post


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