Let me start by saying, if you go to this movie expecting a word-for-word retelling of the book with visual aids, you will be disappointed. If you were to fit every detail of that book into a movie, my guess is that you would be sitting through an eight hour flick. The important thing is that this movie does justice to the J.K. Rowling book, which is considered by many (or at least me) to be the best book yet in the series. The cinematography and special effects are awesome, which is important because of the magical tasks set before the contestants in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Hell, the dragon was downright scary. The pace of the movie is extremely fast, moving rapidly from one important plot point from the book to the next. This was needed to fit everything into the movie, but the tiring pace is forgivable because the movie itself is so good.
I almost forgot that Hogwarts is a school, because they show only one actual classroom scene in this movie. Instead of focusing on school issues, as other movies have, this one instead goes back and forth between the trials and tribulations of the Tournament and the trials and tribulations of the Hogwarts social scene. You could cut the sexual tension in this movie with Godrick Gryffindor’s sword. You will see a whole new side of Moaning Myrtle. The Yule Ball brought me back to my own high school dances, as it had no magic and plenty of drama. If you were expecting to see that lovable house elf, Dobby, you don’t. Maybe he’ll show up on the DVD.
In closing, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great movie, and absolutely does justice to the book. The cinematography and special effects are great, the acting was excellent. The only way you?ll be disappointed with this movie is if you go there expecting it to include every single detail from the book, so take it for what it is.
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