Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Dark and difficult times lie ahead for our young hero, Harry Potter. The fourth year at Hogwarts is the darkest yet, here events start in motion that will determine the fate of wizard kind. It is the beginning of the end for this saga.
Harrys fourth year at Hogwarts looks to a normal one for a change. The film opens with a dark and sinister tone but then it travels to the Quidditch World Cup and displays the vastness and diversity of the wizarding world. Then the series as a whole takes a massive shift to darker territory. For the first time, multiple dark wizards are shown engaging in nefarious deeds. This element drastically changes the threat level for the series. Now there is more than just the idea of He Who Must Not Be Named, his followers are again at large and things are looking grim for the wizarding community. Then there is the inttoduction of the unforgivable curses; yet another element that contributes to the darker side of the Potter-verse. Another great element that expands the world of the film comes from the Tri-Wizard tournament. Two new schools are introduced and are directly contrasted to Hogwarts and thus adds to the depth of what this magical world is. The tournament is a very enjoyable spectacle that helps the series reach a new level of epic feeling. With all this fantasy happening the wizarding world is still made relatable with things like the Yule Ball. As the series progresses, the story elements from the books shine through even more.
Goblet of Fire continues the, now tradition, of Harry Potter films being well caster and well acted for all of its roles. The chemistry between Harry, Ron, and Hermione was built to a particularly nice place in this film. Although teenaged angst and drama begin to rear their ugly heads here, the Three bring in solid performances that are stunningly genuine at moments. Brendan Gleeson is the newest member of the franchise as Mad Eye Moody and fits right in with the caliber of the other actors in the teaching staff. Gleeson plays Moody with charming gruff and a constant undertone of creepy that maybe foreshadowing something. But the top notch performance of this flick, hands down, goes to Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. The writing of that scene is heavy stuff, but Fiennes brings an unpredictable energy to it that creates an unsettling feeling. His Voldemort is Ridiculously Awesome and chilling all at once.
The darker look of the film fits well with the ominous story happening this time around. The music is huge as is the narrative that goes with it. Now, for any purists out there, I understand and I’m with you; the film left LOTS of important things from the book out. But speaking as a film independent of the book in relation to the series of films it was put together well. It maintains the sense of magic/fantasy present in the previous three while creating a unique tone of its own. While not the best book to film adaptation,
This one being The Goblet of Fire.