Forget the first three films. This one is good.
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory
Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour
Stanislev Ianevski as Viktor Krum
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
Brendan Gleeson as Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody
Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid
Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Katie Leung as Cho Chang
Roger Lloyd Pack as Bartemious Crouch
David Tennant as Bartemious Crouch Jr.
Timothy Spall as Peter ‘Wormtail’ Pettigrew
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
James Phelps as Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
Shirley Henderson as Moaning Myrtle
Directed by Mike Newell
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Based on the novel by JK Rowling
After a group of Death Eaters terrorise the final of the Quidditch
World Cup, Harry finds himself entered into the deadly Triwizard
Tournament, for which he is ill-prepared.
The graveyard scene and what immediately follows it. This is the
high point of the book, and has been translated exceptionally well to
The whole ‘where are we going?’ ‘No idea!’ scene before finding the
Portkey near the start of the film was overdone and I was getting
sinking feelings at this point.
Being an adaptation, the originality naturally suffers a
little. However, the film feels fresh throughout, and even when you
know what’s coming it still sometimes manages to take you by
surprise. Five out of six.
The effects were flawless. Absolutely flawless. Everything
was beautifully realised and seamlessly integrated into the live footage
to the point where I’m sure I missed some special effects shots simply
because they’re imitating realistic objects instead of spellwork or
dragons. Six out of six.
Because of the modifications made for the screenplay, I feel
confident scoring the story without relying too much on the
great enjoyment I find in reading the book upon which the story is
based. Yes, there are some modifications. Many things have been left
out, but Goblet of Fire is a huge book and this has to be
expected. Even in two and a half hours it was a tight squeeze. Some
things have been modified rather than left out, in order to cut down on
explanatory time I suspect. The key thing is that it all works, and it
works very well. The core of the story is very much intact and the
required message makes it across most effectively. Five out of six.
The previous three films have disappointed in terms of
acting at times. Such instances in this film were very rare.
Radcliffe, Watson and Grint have improved considerably and deliver
some superb scenes – particularly Radcliffe, handling the difficult
emotional moments in the conclusion far more credibly than he did in
Prisoner of Azkaban. The Phelps twins continue to deliver an
excellent performance, as do the regular cast playing the teachers and
the other students. Much has been made of Clémence Po
$eacute;sy playing Fleur Delacore, but she doesn’t really get very much
screen time, so her acting abilities are not stretched. Stanislev
Ianevski’s portrayal of Viktor Krum is again good, but not substantial.
The real prize goes to Robert Pattinson, a perfect casting for a part
perfectly played. On balance, the acting receives five out of six,
although many of the cast deserve a six.
I was caught by surprise by the intensity of emotional
response inspired by this film. I’m not ashamed to admit that the
third task scared me, and the conclusion of the graveyard duel left me
in tears, something the book couldn’t manage me. A well-deserved six
out of six.
The production is greatly improved. Set design, costume
(the kids actually wear uniform most of the time in this film), sound
and camera work are all excellent, delivering exactly what is necessary
exactly when it is necessary. Somehow you can never quite forget that
you’re watching a film, but that might be because it frequently shows
you things that you know to be impossible. Five out of six.
Overall, it’s a fantastic film. Not perfect, but I walked out
of the cinema in shock. I wasn’t expecting the film to be this
good. Six out of six, and I’m buying the DVD.
In total, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire receives a
highly respectable thirty-eight out of forty-two.