Shanthi and I watched "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
" yesterday at Sathyam.Caution
: Here be spoilers !
The movie is fast paced and bristles with action. So much so that there is little scope for emotion. The only real emotive moments appear at the very end of the movie when Amos moans the loss of his son Cedric and Voldemort(Ralph Fiennes is brilliant) spews venom at Harry. Although Dumbledore appears largely listless when breaking the news of Cedric's death to the students of Hogwarts.
If, like most, you have read the book, you will surprised at just how much has been left out from the book. For instance, Rita Skeeter has been reduced almost to a cameo role. Winky, the house-elf, who acts as Barty Crouch Jr's guardian in the novel, is missing too. Of course, all this is not too suprising given the fact that Steve Kloves had to pick and choose the most important events from a 600-plus page novel. If so, I am not sure how Sirius' appearance in the fire merits any importance to the progression of the movie.
In terms of magic, the movie brings two new elements to the screen - the Portkey
and the Pensieve
. Both of them are well done and the visualisation of the effects adheres closely to whats described in the novel.
Two characters really stand out in this movie - "Mad Eye" Moody and Voldemort. Moody manipulates the events that lead to the climax, which features the resurgence of the Dark Lord Voldemort. Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes turn in excellent performances in their roles.
All in all, the darkest movie in the series so far, featuring as it does, two deaths, is certainly worth a watch as it sets the stage for the "dark and difficult times" that lie ahead.