Release Date: November 18th, 2005 by Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Brendan Gleeson, Miranda Richardson, Warwick David, Shirley Henderson, Jason Isaacs, Timothy Spall.
Directed by Mike Newell.
BASIC PREMISE: Back at Hogwarts for his fourth summer, Harry Potter (Radcliffe) competes in the Triwizard Tournament while the threat of Dark Lord Voldemart (Fienns) looms.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This time around, Harry’s adventures are darker and scarier than the last three films in the series, but just as exciting as always. The plot begins with Harry’s nightmare, which eventually becomes a crucial and revelatory scene later on. When he is enlisted among three others into the Triwizard Tournament, that’s when the action and adventure really begin. His first mission is simply to capture a special golden egg which holds clues to him continue. In an exhilaratingly scene, he battles a fire-breathing while flying in order to capture the egg. What makes this plot more interesting and surprising is that Harry now has a love interest, Hermoine (Watson). For a dance ball, he must choose a date, but, after a few rejections, he ends up with somebody he’s not quite comfortable with. Hermoine goes to the ball with a guy that awkwardly looks old enough to be in college. The script has a few very well-needed moments of comedy, some of which is silly/slapstick. As usual, the supporting cast of adults are superb, especially a Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, and Brendan Gleeson who looks quite creepy. The third-act has plenty of excitement as Harry becomes trapped in a long, winding maze with vines that attack from all around. As expected, the visual and sound effects are astonishing along with the impressive, costume design, make-up and entertaining set pieces.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: During the scenes before the dance ball, it’s sad to watch Harry get rejected and feel lonely. If only he had the courage to ask out Hermoine. In the third-act, when he ends up with two choices: save himself or risk his life and save somebody else on the way. Fortunately, he chooses the latter which reflects his kindness and, ultimately, his true heroism.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: A thoroughly entertaining adventure filled with everything you expect: romance, comedy, mystery, and plenty of exhilarating action sequences.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)—It’s truly meant for the big screen!
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