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Fourth movie recasts spell of 'Harry Potter'

November 22, 2005|by NELL BARBER and MATT NEWTON

MOVIE REVIEW: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is 157 minutes long.

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the boy wizard Harry matures and learns more about his powers. "Goblet of Fire" features the return of the dark Lord Voldemort, who tried to kill Harry. The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.

Nell: I really enjoyed the movie. Though they leave out one or two rather important details from the book, I think it does an excellent job in keeping everything accurate.

Matt: Mike Newell did a great job of bringing the fourth book to life. He did better, in my opinion, than the previous two directors, taking into account that he had to make a 734-page book into a nearly three-hour movie.

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Nell: Daniel Radcliffe has never made much of an impression upon me as a particularly good actor in the past, but he does a pretty good job in "Goblet of Fire." The all-star cast of adults, including Robbie Coltrane and Maggie Smith, are excellent as well.

Matt: Indeed, Radcliffe does very well, especially since he has to perform more emotionally challenging scenes this time around. The rest of the cast does well, too. I thought they picked great actors to portray their book counterparts. Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory and others are just as I imagined.

Nell: The costumes are great for the most part - even though the robes are, yet again, a different style than before, and some are not really at all how they were portrayed in the books. I also think that the music is good, along with the spectacular special effects.

Matt: The special effects are superb. The Hungarian horntail appears to be completely realistic. Also, the underwater action is great. The singing of the mer-people gave me an eerie feeling. Though, that was nothing compared to the chills I got watching Voldemort return to power during the graveyard scene. Actor Ralph Fiennes captures the essence of Voldemort perfectly.

Nell: From the point of view of someone who has never read the books, this movie probably isn't missing anything, but, having read the books, I found that the filmmakers left out a number of crucial things. I think that these things could affect the next movie.

Matt: Yeah, I'm curious to see what they're going to do about that.

Nell: Being a Harry Potter obsessive, I definitely found a few faults in the movie version, but I cannot ask for much better. "Goblet" captures the spark and imagination of the series and brings it to life.

Matt: I agree. Overall, I think "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is an excellent film. I laughed, cried and jumped. To those who are perfectionists, it may not be appealing ... but if you're looking for a great movie that captures the true spirit of Harry Potter, this is it.

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