Retro Review – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Monty’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Rotten Tomatoes’ Consensus:
87%

“The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.”

Monty’s Take

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is where the franchise took off like a rocket.  This film set the bar for all following for several reasons; with a darker and more danger-inducing story, the film took the franchise out of the realm of enlightening fans about Hogwarts, replacing that with a perilous fantasy adventure.  This was only made more intense by the debut of Voldemort into the franchise.

Goblet of Fire is widely regarded as the turning point of the series, and the film had to be careful to follow the same procedure.  In the same vein, the triwizard tournament was also a very fragile plot to handle, but the film manages to pull it off, keeping an entertaining and engrossing atmosphere for the duration of its runtime.

Not to mention the fact that Edward Cullen is in the film…awkward…

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