Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by Mike Newell (dir.)
Review by Gayle Surrette
Warner Brothers Film ISBN/ITEM#: HP4movie
Date: December 2005 / Show Official Info /
Cast: Eric Sykes as Frank Bryce / Timothy Spall as Wormtail / David Tennant as Barty Crouch Junior / Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter / Emma Watson as Hermione Granger / Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley / Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley / James Phelps as Fred Weasley / Oliver Phelps as George Weasley / Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley / Jeff Rawle as Amos Diggory / Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory / Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy / Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy / Stanislav Ianevski as Viktor Krum
While it is hoped that everyone going to view the movie has read the books, there will probably be some who haven't so I won't go any farther about the plot of the film. I will say that The Goblet of Fire was a much larger book than The Prisoner of Azkaban. Rather than making two movies from the book, they just deleted all the minor plot threads and just focused exclusively on the tournament. Evidently that still didn't trim enough and the movie, while enjoyable, would be exceedingly difficult to make any sense of if the viewer hasn't already read the book (and preferably several times). Some of the jump cuts from one scene to another assume that the viewer will fill in the material cut out in order to make sense of the movie. Personally, I wish they'd film the movie for an extended version, make the cuts for the theater, and allow us to buy the extended DVD (meanwhile my secret wish is that after Warner Brothers finishes the series someone will come forward and do each book as a mini-series so we can have the entire book as movie).
The special effects are outstanding, especially the Hungarian Horntail Dragon and the underwater sequences. It's a long film, nearly three hours, but it seems a lot shorter in the theater as you become engrossed in the story.
Go. Watch. Enjoy.