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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family and Science Fiction/Fantasy Running Time: 2 hrs. 30 min. Release Date: November 18th, 2005 (wide) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images. Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

General Synopsis: Midway through both his training and his coming-of-age, Harry wants to get away from the Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with his friends, Hermione and Ron and his family. Harry develops a crush on a schoolmate and gets to represent Hogwarts in a competition against two other wizard schools. It comes down to a face-off between Harry and You-Know-Who that ends in tragedy.**

My Review:

First, let me start off by saying this fourth installment in the Potter series is dark, very dark. I wasn't a fan of the book or the series when it first debuted some years ago because it reminded me of a children's fantasy game, of which I am not a fan. However, as the story has unfolded over the years, I've begun to warm up to Harry and his gang of friends as they dash their way through Hogwarts school of wizardry. In this fourth film, "...the Goblet of Fire," Harry and his friends have aged and the film appropriately takes on a more mature tone. There's plenty of flirting and curiosity to go around in this movie. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that Harry and his best-friend find themselves in a bind when a traditional school dance is held. I actually enjoyed the fact that this movie played upon the characters' ages and new maturity. This allowed the story to be not only fanciful, but very engaging at all levels of action and suspense. The special effects were not ground-breaking here, but they were vibrant and appropriate for the genre. At close to 3 hours long, this movie rarely becomes tiresome, unless you have to go to the restroom and try to hold it like I did. I imagine that speaks volumes of this movie. I had to go really badly, but didn't want to miss one minute of this movie. The ending sets up part 5 nicely.

My Rating: On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best:

  • Story-line/Premise:
  • _______7________

  • Acting:
  • _______7___________

  • Production: (Directing/Editing/Cinematography/Effects)
  • _________8________

  • Enjoyability/Believeability Factor:
  • _________8_________


    Rating System:
    0-10 = B-Movie Nightmare (1 Star)
    11-25 = Cable Movie (2 Stars)
    26-34 = DVD Movie (3 Stars)
    35-40 = Theater Movie (4 Stars)

    This movie receives a rating of:_______________3 Stars__________________

    The Final Word: This movie is highly entertaining and well worth the money. In my opinion, it's the best Potter film yet. I can't wait for the fifth one.

    Is it worth a look? YES

    **Synopsis obtained from Yahoo Movies.
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