As I left the movie theater last night with a friend of mine I couldn’t even speak. I didn’t know what to say, I, for once in my life, was speechless. And yes, on the one hand you could say I loved the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, because I am a huge Harry Potter fan, but that was not the reason at all. This movie, directed by Mike Newell, was one of the most creatively done action-thriller I have ever seen. From the minute the movie opened, viewers were transported to the muddy ground of a graveyard following the tail end of a basilisk snake (Voldemort’s favorite pet) and ending with the credits being written on the scraps of paper from the Goblet of Fire. Rain, was not just rain, it was the tears of a woman on a stained-glass window.
For those who have not yet read the fourth book of the Harry Potter series, the movie follows Harry at his fourth year at Hogwarts, where yet again, mysterious and unplanned events occur. This year it’s the Tri-wizard Tournament in which Harry’s name has been planted by an unknown source and he must now compete with wizards from other schools to win the Tri-wizard cup of glory. While Harry struggles to deal with the tasks ahead of him, he also re-evaluates the bonds of friendships, receives help from those who may not be doing it for his best interest, has his first crush, and for the second time comes face to face with the dark lord himself: Lord Voldemort.
While the main actors in the movie were not quite up to par with most of the actors and actresses on the screen today, I am hesitant to criticize due Harry, Hermione and Ron’s character content and their complexity. What I will say is the supporting actors and actresses such as Ralph Fiennes, who plays Lord Voldemort in the film, as well as Brendan Gleeson who played Mad-Eye Moody enhanced the film’s performance and gave new dimension to the film’s cast. In addition to this, the new director was absolutely wonderful, as well as the screenwriter (Steve Kloves). The action and excitement presented in the film was overwhelming and gave the viewers a thrill of their lives, especially during the Quidditch World Cup. The plot was not so much of a priority in this movie as I feel it was in many of the others. Due to this, each of the scenes was done with utmost care in detail: with emphasis on emotion and the foreshadowing importance of each scene. Regardless of the actors acting ability, the camera shed new light on the complexity of these growing-up teens and their awakening to what love, friendship and trust is all about.
While this film used to be a great children’s film, the movie’s content is much darker than the previous ones and definitely gave me a fright a few times. But when all was said and done as I was leaving the theater, I couldn’t help but overhear a girl in front of me say “It’s so sad when it’s over because it feels like my perfect dream had just ended as well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, I am sure you have already bought your tickets for the midnight viewing of the show. But for those of you who are not, I urge you to view this magical creation, bask in its creative ambiance, and see a perfect dream unravel before your eyes.