I won’t call myself a devoted follower of the Harry Potter phenomenon dreamed up by J.K. Rowling, while she slept on the streets of Edinburgh. I would say, however, that I am a man who enjoyed the first three movies enough to look forward to seeing the latest incarnation: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire basically continues where “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” left off. Another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Mr. Harry Potter and his wizard friends. This time however, Harry is thrust into the Tri-Wizard Tournament where he must go against older and stronger wizards in challenging quests, all the while dealing with being a 14 year old boy.
Although, in all honestly, I can’t remember fully the stories behind the previous movies, I do believe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire delves deeper into the psyche of Harry Potter. This is a good thing. We see Harry as being a troubled adolescent, coming to terms with the loss of parents, his awkwardness with girls and his realization of his birthright. It’s just not all fun and games for the boy-wizard anymore. The action scenes are fast paced and the CGI, be it lush landscapes to pissed off dragons, is top notch. Another surprising plus about the movie is Emma Watson who plays Harry’s girl pal Hermione Granger. She is young yet, but in a few years she’ll be one of the hot crowd in Hollywood . . . watch for her.
Of course there are a few dull moments. First, this movie is loooong. Damn near three hours. I would have preferred if the movie was a bit more condensed. After all, I’m an important person, motherfucker. Secondly, the movie is awfully dark. Understandably, a lot of the movie takes place at night, but I once I start squinting to see what the fuck is going I begin to lose focus.
Personally, I don’t think Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best movie in the series. This doesn’t mean you won’t get your kicks out of this movie though. Any fan of the books should see it (if you haven’t already). As for casual followers, if you have three hours to kill, watch it. Otherwise, life will continue as always.