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The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort's return. Thus, the young wizards' entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron's underlying romantic tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys' reactions indicate they've all crossed a threshold.
But don't worry, there's plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Tri-Wizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry's bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house elves (they're not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain's finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn't brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it's a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation. --Ellen A. Kim --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The movie is very well written and the acting is good, too. The three kids are now playing 14-year olds and are showing a greater range of emotions. There is much humor when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex, a talent the usually capable Harry seems to lack. Watching the three at the Yule Ball is sweet and awful, as these things tend to be at that age.
The soundtrack and special effects are wonderful as usual and the suspenseful story is acceptable and enjoyable for children over eight as well as older audiences. If you're a Potter fan, you're sure to enjoy "Goblet of Fire." This is the best of the series so far and definitely lives up to all expectations.
Le documentaire inclus dans les différents coffrets sur les différents composants(personnages, créature, musique...) du film est vraiment intéressant. Les petits côtés comme les cartes des personnages et l'album photo sont chouettes surtout pour les fans, mais soyons honnête le plus important reste le film et ce n'est même pas une version prolongé, je veux que les scènes supplémentaire ne sont pas inclus dans le film (pour le 3e et 4e film), il s'agit en fait des mêmes films qui sont offert dans la version "Special Edition" de 2 DVD. Je ne dirai pas comme RICK "rdthomp17" qu'il s'agit d'un mauvais achat, mais tout de même je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux.
Finalement, je ne sais pas si c'est moi, mais j'ai acheté le coffret de la Coupe de feu sur Amazon.ca et elle ne contient même pas la piste audio française.
I do not know for you, but "The Ultimate version" of a movie or a series should contain more that a DVD " SPECIAL EDITION ".
The documentary included in the various box set on the various components(characters, creature, music) of the movie is really interesting. The collectibles as the cards of the characters and the photo album are great especially for the fans, but let us be honest the most important is the movie and it's not even a prolonged version, the additional scenes are not included in the movie (for the 3rd (prisonners of azkaban) and 4th movie (Goblet of fire), it's in fact about the same movies which are offered in the version " Special Edition " of 2 DVD. I'm not saying like RICK "rdthomp17": "this is a piece of scrap", but I expected much better.
But it really just didn't work for me as well as 2-3. Stripping away all the trappings of the wonder of being at a magical school should have worked, but it didn't, somehow. Maybe because there was no contrast. Maybe because showing sinister things is not as impactful as showing normal everyday happenings, with sinister overtones (this is what worked so well in Twin Peaks). The stakes weren't as high in #3, but the whole thing was so wonderfully packaged by Cuaron. It was a sheer visual delight, with details in every corner. Newell does away with all of that, and Harry's world just seems like he's in a normal fantasy world/alternate universe, as opposed to a secret world, hidden right under our noses.
The showdown with Voldemort was a letdown too. I don't know how the book portrays him, but here he's a screaming, wild madman, as opposed to some sort of evil genius.
I still enjoyed it. They dealt with the maturation of the characters well (including the raging hormones). But it wasn't as fun as #2 or #3.
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Good Movie quite enjoyed it, received in time and condition seller stated.Published 13 months ago by Donna Jones
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