Directed by Mike Newell and based on the fourth book in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series of novels, sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return for their fourth year at Hogwarts as Harry’s famous lightning-bolt scar begins aching and causing him mysterious visions. Introduced to yet another Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, former dark wizard catcher Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), Harry’s wishes for an uneventful school year are almost immediately shattered when he is unexpectedly chosen, along with fellow student Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), as Hogwarts’ representative in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Worse still, Harry doesn’t realize that the most feared wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), is anticipating the tournament, as well.
The following post is a review of the film only. You can read my review of the book and my comparison of the film to the book soon.
This is my second favourite instalment of the first four adaptations because it brilliantly shows how the cast has grown into the roles and how much we, as an audience, have come to love them. As they all skip their yearly hair cut, go to prom, and get angsty with each other, this instalment also puts a lot better focus on the use of magic, really bringing to life the world of Harry Potter as everything starts to get serious for all its characters.
It’s a definite change in tonal direction and a huge step up from the rest of the series, but it is also the film where I start to realise that I really don’t like Daniel Radcliffe in the lead.
However, the cast, yet again, has a number of talented additions too, including great roles for David Tennant and Brendan Gleeson, and a fantastic introduction to Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort who couldn’t have been cast any better.
The final third of the film brilliantly builds up to an epic climax, as The Goblet of Fire is probably the scariest instalment yet, really stepping up the fear factor and giving fans so much more to look forward to.