Sunday, December 04, 2005

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I had the opportunity to watch the latest installment of Harry Potter this weekend. I went in with high expectations given the high praise the movie received from critics and the quality trajectory that the series had been on to date. Alas, what a disappointment "Goblet of Fire" turned out to be! Granted, the movie is even darker than its predecessors in its subject matter, but it seriously lacks in the shades-of-gray department. Not only is the story cliched and formulaic (should I be blaming J. K. Rowling for this?), but the character treatments are so ridiculously poor that calling them one-dimensional would be an undeserved compliment.

The story revolves around the Tri-Wizard competition in which young wizards square off in a competition that is half treasure hunt and half Circus Maximus. Surprise, surprise, Harry Potter ends up taking part despite being under-age. He has to contend with competition from Russia and France besides an in-house rival as well. Is the Russian an all-brawn Adonis? Check. Is the French lass dainty and the first to lose? Check. Is the in-house guy a lovable loser who can be counted on not to win? Check.

All in all, a giant step backward from Alfonso Cuaron's rather excellent "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".


Blogger nice try said...

I guess J.K. Rowling must take a lot of the blame for goblet of fire being a lousy movie -- the story is pretty lousy

no real harry potter fundas in the story abt how the battle between HP and LV is going to head in this book
the book was full of detailed descriptions and unnecessarily bloated and largely content-free

the biggest letdown was albus dumbledore with his funny beard and silly existence -- clearly lacking the stoic qualities from earlier editions

12/07/2005 2:37 PM  

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