This is the 4th Harry Potter movie and the third director. Chris Columbus did the first two, Alfonso Cauron did last year's Prisoner of Azkaban, and now Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) takes on Goblet of Fire, and what a fabulous movie it is.
In this outing, our hero becomes an underage competitor in the prestigious "Tri-Wizard Tournament". This is Harry's 4th year at Hogwarts, but the tournament is restricted to those who are at least 17. Kids in 4th year are 14. Somehow Harry's name gets put into the Goblet of Fire and he's allowed to compete.
Whether he wins is not important, it's the journey that counts. And what a journey! In Goblet, Harry, Ron, and Hermione start to realize they have hormones and go through the awkward and painful ritual of going to their first big dance.
This is perhaps the funniest of the Potter movies and at times, quite scary, but in a good way. All the usual suspects are back: Alan Rickman as Snape, Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall, and Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid. Miranda Richardson has a nice turn as Rita Skeeter the tabloid reporter, as does Ralph Fiennes in a too-brief performance as Voldemort.
As you'd expect from a big-budget movie, the special effects are solid. There's also a short performance by a rock band in the movie – one of them is Johnny Greenwood, a member of Radiohead. They didn't seem too odd or wyrd, er sorry, weird.
Can't wait for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!
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