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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

DVD Review: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

This movie was very good. Throughout the entire movie, my butt was glued to my sofa, and my eyes were glued to the screen. The movie was able to keep me watching it through every scene, either with action, humor, suspense, drama, or just great special effects.

There was plenty of action in the movie in the form of three tasks that Harry must complete. The first task was awesome, with Harry having to fly around Hogwarts castle, trying to avoid a fire-breathing dragon. In the second task Harry must go into the lake and save Ron, while being attacked by many different sea-dwelling creatures. In the third task he must find the Triwizard cup within a MASSIVE maze that comes to life and attacks him and the other champions. As I said above, there is a lot of action in this movie, but I'm not complaining.

There is tons of humor that had me on the floor laughing. The humor in this one is more adult than in the others, and also a lot funnier. This movie centers a lot more on the trio, and it shows them going through puberty and developing new emotions, which adds some funny moments. Though these scenes are funny they will also hint at who will end up together later on in the series. The Weasley twins are featured a lot more in this movie, and it adds a lot of laughs to an otherwise dark movie.

But don't think the movie is all about action and humor. There is a great plot. To sum it up, the dark Lord Voldemort is rising in power, and the entire magical world is aware of his presence. Harry has a nightmare about Voldemort, who is trying to get to Harry, in an attempt to regain his body. Deatheaters, Voldemort's followers, attack during the Quidditch World Cup, and someone sends up the Dark Mark, Voldemort's sign. Later, at Hogwarts Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard tournament, a tournament where one champion from three schools will fight in three deadly tasks. The three champions are: Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts, Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, and Victor Krum from Durmstrang. But after the three champions were picked, another champion was picked. This other champion is(you guessed it) Harry Potter, who is to young to have entered his name. Why was his name entered, and who did it?

The acting in this movie is great. When Ron is angry at Harry for getting to be a champion, I can really feel Ron's hatred towards Harry. Even though I despise Hermione, I just can't help feel sorry for her when Ron practically ruins what should have been the best night of her life. And only a heartless devil wouldn't be sad when Harry returns from the third task with the dead body of one of the other champions.

Brendan Gleeson is great as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, a former Auror(dark wizard catcher) and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Micheal Gambon is a better Dumbledore in this film than he was in the last(though he still isn't as good as Richard Harris). Ralph Fiennes plays a great Voldemort. The roles of the adults are lessened in this movie, as it is more about the kids, but they still give great performances. Matthew Lewis is also great as Neville Longbottom who gets a much larger role in this film than in the others. Overall the acting is outstanding.

The special effects in this movie are awesome, the best special effects ever. The dragon in the first task is the most realistic looking dragon I have ever seen on film. The mer-people during the second task are great, and the living maze in the third task is truly incredible. The Dark Mark is frightening, and Voldemort's resurrection at the end is spectacular, though slightly disturbing. These special effects are probably the best any one has ever seen.

This movie is dark, the darkest movie so for, but still very good.

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