23 February 2014

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Based on the book by J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Mark Williams, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Devon Murray, Alfie Enoch, Tiana Benjamin, David Bradley, Bonnie Wright, Jamie Waylett, Josh Hirdman, Chris Rankin,  James and Oliver Phelps, Robert Hardy, Timothy Spall, David Tennant, Jeff Rawle, Robert Pattinson, Stanislav Ianevski, Katie Leung, Frances de la Tour, Miranda Richardson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Brendan Gleeson, Shirley Henderson, Roger Lloyd Pack, Afshan Azad, Shefali Choudhury
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Daniel Radcliffe  The Woman in Black, December Boys, Extras, David Copperfield
    • Emma Watson – My Week with Marilyn
    • Rupert Grint  Driving Lessons
    • Gary Oldman – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Prick Up Your Ears, Sid and Nancy, Friends, Léon, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Bok of Eli, The Dark Knight, The Scarlet Letter, Immortal Beloved, Romeo Is Bleeding, True Romance, Dracula, JFK, Nil by Mouth (director)
    • Robbie Coltrane – From Hell, Henry V, Black Adder, Tutti Frutti, Absolute Beginners
    • Maggie Smith -  Hotel Marigold, A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Keeping Mum, David Copperfield, Tea with Mussolini, Richard III, Sister Act, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    • Alan Rickman – Alice in Wonderland, Snow Cake, Sweeney Todd, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The January Man, Die Hard, Romeo and Juliet
    • Michael Gambon – The King’s Speech, The Book of Eli, Brideshead Revisited, Cranford, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Being Julia, Angels in America, Gosford Park, Longitude, Sleepy Hollow, Mary Reilly
    • Mark Williams – Hustle, Merlin (Goblin’s voice), Stardust, Tristram Shandy, Shackleton, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Shakespeare in Love
    • David Bradley – Another Year, Nicholas Nickleby, Our Mutual Friend, Prick Up Your Ears, A Family at War
    • Timothy Spall – The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, All or Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Robert Hardy – Shackleton, Sense and Sensibility, Frankenstein, Middlemarch, Twelfth Night, How I Won the War
    • David Tennant – Hamlet, Dr. Who
    • Robert Pattinson - Twilight
    • Frances de la Tour – Hugo, Alice in Wonderland, The Book of Eli, Cold Lazarus
    • Clémence Poésy – In Bruges
    • Brendan Gleeson -  In Bruges, Beowulf, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, Twenty-Eight Days Later, My Life So Far, The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins, Braveheart
    • Miranda Richardson – Paris je t’aime, Wah-Wah, The Hours, Spider, Get Carter, Sleepy Hollow, Black Adder, Kansas City, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Dance with a Stranger
    • Ralph Fiennes – The Reader, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Maid in Manhattan, Sunshine, The English Patient,  Spider, Strange Days, The Quiz Show, Schindler’s List, Wuthering Heights
    • Roger Lloyd Pack – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Longitude, Interview with a Vampire, Prick Up Your Ears
    • Shirley Henderson – Taming of the Shrew Retold, Tristram Shandy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 24 Hour Party People, Train Spotting, Rob Roy
  • Why? It’s Harry Potter!
  • Seen: Four or five times. Now: February 22, 2014
       The joy and excitement of the Quidditch World Cup doesn’t last long.  The Death Eaters attack and the mark of death fills the sky.
       An altogether grimmer film, this one.  Harry is thrown against his will into the violent and cruel Tri-Wizard Championship. A rift arises between him and Ron, who thinks Harry not only signed on voluntarily but kept it a secret from him, his best friend. The rift doesn’t last long but it’s painful to watch.  The boy-girl thing is probably supposed to be funny but it’s just sad, and sadly the embarrassingly stereotypical gender roles are probably realistic. Anyway, our trio are finding that love hurts.
       We learn much more about the past and the fatal battle that is about to rise again.  We learn more about the professors too.  McGonagall likes to dance!  And her concern for her students runs very deep.  There is lurking mystery in Snape’s background.  Is he evil? A secret Death Eater? How then can Dumbledore defend him?  And Dumbledore himself – we see more of him especially in the Pensieve and in his involvement in Harry’s fate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
       The overall feeling in this film is tragedy and dread.  There are, as always, moments of humour, but this can’t end well. Voldemort is back. Harry’s powers are growing but so is the danger. To him, to Hogwarts, to the forces of good.
       At the end of the film Hermione says sadly, “Everything is going to change now, isn’t it?”
       Oh, Hermione, if you only knew.      

8 * of 8

1 comment:

  1. The Quidditch World Cup is probably my favorite chapter in all of the HP books and my favorite scene in the films (except for Harry's first visit to diagon alley) and I just love that tent! It's a great film and I love the dragons :)