Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Here are the highlights of my full review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire over at Blogging Harry Potter:

The Good:

  1. Cedric Diggory
    I think this film really captured his character. His actions and his death are dealt with expertly. Kudos.
  2. Hermione Granger
    Emma Watson was wonderful as always, but her performance was particularly excellent this time around
  3. Snape
    I loved the scene where Snape kept cuffing Ron on the head, and his confrontation of Harry in his potions closet, after the rendezvous with Karkaroff was spot-on.

The Bad:

  1. Rita Skeeter
    If you’re not going to give us more of her stories or reveal the punny nature of her surname and how she gets her scoops, leave her out. Miranda Richardson was wasted for all of 3 1/2 minutes of screen time
  2. Dumbledore
    I don’t dig the pensive Dumbledore, that’s why he has a pensieve (thank you). They make it up in the end with his speech that foreshadows The Order of the Phoenix, but his performance was too timid for me. He’s Dumbledore!
  3. The Soundtrack
    Bring back John Williams. His theme was like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stuffy, unimpressive and forgettable score.

The Ugly:

  1. Lord Voldemort
    Ralph Fiennes’ make-up was literally ugly, but also, I kinda imagined Lord Voldemort as being a tad more corporeal (hair, a nose) than that. Or maybe I’m mis-remembering the book, but damn!

The Indifferent:

  1. Viktor Krum
    I thought he looked the part, but I didn’t have the same kind of reaction I did when I read the book. I don’t know, he just seemed not enough involved with the action and the story
  2. Fleur Delacour
    I feel the same way about Fleur as I do about Krum. It made me a little sad, because Fleur has a great part in Book 6. Still, she looked the part and had some charisma.

Full review has more exposition and caveats, but I wanted to share.

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