Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Magic Mix (Movie Review)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is an excellent movie, a truly magical mix of a good story (thanks J. K. Rowling), an excellent script adaptation, superb casting yielding superlative acting, all coupled to just the right amount of special effects as would befit a movie about magic.

No need to say much more, really. We both enjoyed the movie which is definitely a more mature version than its predecessors. Mike Newell directed and directed well. The new characters (especially Michael Gambon replacing the Late Richard Harris) fit in with those returning, while Ralph Fiennes provides an almost “English Patient” rendering of the bad guy Lord Voldemort.

The special effects are just special enough to demand recognition without inundating the movie. For it is the characters that leave the theater with you, not the wizzes and bangs, and that is as it should be. The final words are important indicators to what will come next. I’ll not repeat them here, it might spoil the plot (though if you’ve read the book there will be few surprises).

Is this a good movie? Oh, yes! And it’s one for the DVD collection as well!