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Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and pretty much everyone else you can expect.
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Oh, hell, bring the little ones along.  Sure, they might get some nightmares, hey, they've got to grow up sometime.
Date Movie: If she's already a fan, yes, otherwise she'll think you're a dork.
Gratuitous Sex: Just jealousy.
Gratuitous Violence: Someone actually dies, so, yes.
Action: A dragon chasing Harry through the skies, I suppose that's action.
Laughs: Quite a few chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The dragon scene was pretty cool.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really stands out.
Directed By: Mike Newell
Produced By: David Heyman

Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:37 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I can finally read my "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Half-Blood Prince" books. Why? Because I am now all caught up on the antics of our trio of heroes, namely Harry, Ron, and Hermione, after seeing "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Part of me wonders why I am really even typing a review for this movie. Hell, itís already Sunday afternoon and the movie did over $100 Million for the weekend.  Not bad for three days and a bump of the movie rating for the series to PG-13. Most of the world has already formed their own opinion of the film, so what do you care about mine? But, Iíve got something to say about the film, and a forum to say it, so this review will probably be sort of short, but weíll see. Letís goÖ

Our trio is getting older, and Lord Voldemort finally has a decent plan in place to return to the land with a body and get rid of Harry, but it will take about 2 hours of movie watching for us to really see figure out his plan. First, itís time for the Quidditch World Cup, sadly interrupted by these things called Death Eaters, which, by their name alone, you know canít be good. So itís back to Hogwarts for everyone, where this year the school gets to host the Triwizard Tournament. Pretty much that means that some kids from other wizard schools hang out at Hogwarts so that a champion can be determined. Past history has led the magic folks to limit the Tournament to those 17 and older, with one person from each school. The three are picked, and then, oddly enough, but not really because what kind of movie would this be if it didnít happen, Harryís name comes spitting out of the Goblet of Fire, and now there is controversy because A: Harry is only 14, and 2: Harry says he didnít put his name in the cup, although no one really seems to believe him. But, the Goblet has spoken, so we have a quartet of folks competing for the trophy and eternal glory.

Well, in between Tournament challenges, we get Ron being pissed at Harry, and then back to being Harryís friend, Hermoine telling Ron he is a complete moron for not asking her to the dance, and lots of tension between boys and girls as our classmates are entering that time of their life when the opposite sex starts to matter in ways that, well, you get the point.

Anyway, in the end, Harry doesnít really save the day for this movie because Voldemort comes back, someone dies, and at least in the movie, he doesnít get to kiss the girl (This part confuses me a little, especially since I didnít read the book. There was an article in the Chicago Sun-Times a while back that the kissing scene between Harry and Cho Chang was cut. Bill Zwecker writes: "Avid Harry Potter fans might be surprised there's something missing from the film that's pivotal in J.K. Rowling's original novel: You won't see Harry kissing Cho Chang", but what confuses me is in my fifteen minutes of internet searching, well, all references to Harry and Choís first kiss seem to reference the "Order of the Phoenix" book, and not "Goblet," in which case, how was it pivotal in the original novel? Oh well, what do I know? I'm sorry, I digressed.)

Wow, this review is actually getting a lot longer than I thought it would, so letís start to wrap this up. As much as it was entertaining as the boys and girls get to their teen years, and those jokes abound, I donít know exactly what it was, but of the four movies, this one I liked the least. There were just too many times during the movie that I thought it was dragging on, and it actually felt like it was 2 Ĺ hours long. I suppose Iíll just end it with that comment, and give "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. It just didnít do that much for me. Since I bought the next two books, I suppose itís time for me to get reading, although "Order of the Phoenix" is scheduled for a 2007 release. I suppose I could just wait for the film.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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