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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie review)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth movie in the series and is a coming of age story within a series that is a coming of age story itself. If that sounds redundant… that’s because it is. It might not be fair to call Goblet of Fire an unnecessary installment, but I’m probably going to do it anyway.

My biggest problem with Goblet of Fire is that for almost the entire movie, the stakes are kinda low. Sure, there’s the trouble at the World Cup (yawn, don’t care who wins the Quidditch World Cup at all) and how that is effecting their world, but that’s all in the background. The up front and center conflict here is whether or not Harry wins the Tri Wizard Cup, and frankly, I could give a crap. Sure, the tournament is dangerous, so you don’t want Harry to die in one of the games, but then, everything is dangerous in the Harry Potter universe. Hogwarts castle is full of dangers – so are the woods just outside its doors. Harry’s already suffered a broken arm in a Quidditch match in Chamber of Secrets, so yeah, we get it – high school sports in the Wizarding World are unsafe. (Not that they’re super safe in our universe, but whatever.)

The point is, I could care less if Harry wins or loses, and he doesn’t really seem to care, either. “I don’t want eternal glory!” Sure, I can see that. But this is the story we’re stuck with. Compare that with:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry and his friends must stop the Sorcerer’s Stone from falling into the wrong hands; otherwise, Voldemort (AKA Magic Hitler) will return to finish what he started – kill Harry!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
An unknown threat puts the well being of everyone (living or dead) at Hogwarts at risk. If the culprit can’t be found, the school will have to be closed!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sirius Black is coming to murder Harry – and it turns out, he’s his Godfather and the one who betrayed his parent’s trust. (Not really.)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry’s in a sporting contest and can win or lose. But who entered him into the contest? And why? Harry doesn’t look into it. At all.

Meh.

Sorcerer’s Stone puts Harry’s life in jeopardy because if he doesn’t win, his mortal enemy will return and murder him – that’s compelling. Chamber of Secrets poses a threat that will shatter the linchpin to the Harry Potter Universe – also compelling. Prisoner of Azkabannot only puts a murder on the hunt for Harry, but rips open an old wound – it’s a Harry Potter story at it’s finest.

My problem with Goblet of Fire is that it’s centered around a mystery in the same way the other films are, but the mystery is not very compelling. Dumbledore is looking into it, but Harry, Ron and Hermione are sitting this one out on the sidelines. They don’t seem to care who entered him into the contest and why, so I don’t either. The whole “Potter stinks” thing is ridiculous. Somehow, everyone (including and especially Ron) seems to have forgotten about everything Harry has done for them in the previous three films. They’re “What have you done for me lately, Harry?” attitude is ridiculous. Ron refers to himself as “Harry Potter’s stupid friend;” truer words were never spoken.

And then there’s the extended TV edit: If this coach is a’rockin’, don’t come a’knockin’!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh5zls3_k7s

Skip ahead to 5:40.
What the hell is this? Tone it down, folks!

The movie isn’t terrible (I still can’t figure out Victor Krum; so he’s a pro athlete? And he’s what, sixteen? And he’s hitting on Hermione? She’s a little young for him, no? Also, if he’s one of the most popular athletes in their world, surely he could score someone his own age who has… you know… finished puberty?), but it’s certainly not the best of the bunch. I’m giving Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a 6 out of 10. It’s just OK.

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Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com

Posted on March 27, 2014, in movie reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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