Friday, November 18, 2005
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - A world with magic, without OK Computer
I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last night. It rocked.
I promised Writer Mom that I wouldn’t give anything away, so I will give a brief and non-detailed review.
It was, by far, the best Harry Potter film thus far. I’m not sure if this is simply because it’s darker, and that adds more depth to the film, or that this time was the best visualization of the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts yet.
The kids are growing up, and there is more depth to their performances, and the ancillary characters are well-portrayed. The arrival of the students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang to kick off the tournament are some great cinematic eye-candy, Brendan Gleeson brings depth to the character of “Mad Eye” Moody, and Ralp Fiennes gives us a great performance as Lord Voldemort.
Look for an appearance from an all-star band. It was supposed to be the Weird Sisters, but the band now appears as an nameless entity after a Canandian band with the same name threatened to get the film banned in Canada (and themselves lynched by Canadian Potterheads). The band includes Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway from Radiohead. The end result is a rocking band which will make the soundtrack worth owning. It also opens the viewer up to the true magic of the world of Harry Potter; it’s a world where Radiohead never existed, and Thom Yorke’s whiny voice never happened.
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