Name: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Running Time (minutes): 157
Description: Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts is about to start and he is enjoying the summer vacation with his friends. They get tickets to the Quidditch World Cup final, but after the match is over, people dressed like Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters set fire to all the visitors’ tents, coupled with the appearance of Voldemort’s symbol, the Dark Mark in the sky, which causes a frenzy across the magical community. That same year, Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament, a magical tournament between three well-known schools of magic: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. The contestants have to be above the age of 17 and are chosen by a magical object called the Goblet of Fire. On the night of selection, however, the Goblet spews out four names instead of the usual three, with Harry unwittingly being selected as the fourth Champion. Since the magic cannot be reversed, Harry is forced to go with it and brave three exceedingly difficult tasks.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
It was difficult to really enjoy it as I know it inside out (having watched it way too often when I was young), but anyway… Newell did his own thing with the characters, which mostly resulted in welcome changes. I loved Moaning Myrtle (she likes Harry, so she can’t possibly be morose all the time), but especially during the first part of the movie, EVERYONE SHOUTS AND I DON’T REALLY LIKE THAT!!! Daniel Radcliffe didn’t always convince me when he was crying either and the way Moody was always helping him, giving him hard stares and long looks, was really over the top too, but I must say that this film contains one special thing that all the following ones don’t: raw emotion. Even now, the graveyard scene and its aftermath made me shiver. It’s amazing how many things Newell managed to squeeze into these two and a half hours, though they messed up the Crouch Jr plotline: what happens to him now and does nobody in this world regularly check their prisoners?
It’s hard to say something objective about the score that made me pay attention to to film music for the first time in my life. I still remember being enchanted by it as a 12-year-old and buying the CD in the cinema right after seeing the film. I don’t think Doyle emulated John Williams at all and he shouldn’t have done so either. He did drop lots of Williams’ themes, though, which I find unnecessary, but then again, Williams did that as well in the previous film and Doyle’s own thematic material is as memorable as Williams’. For me, it’s still magical, symphonic bliss and it’s crystal-clear that, unlike Nicholas Hooper, Doyle had a very clear plan from beginning to end.
I wrote part of my thesis on this audio description track, so I remembered much more about it than any normal person should. It’s good, but some pivotal actions are announced way too soon.