Rewatched Jul 02, 2012
Arnold Furious’s review:
My hatred of Robert Pattinson is rather offset by my love of Brendan Gleeson. It ends up balancing out. Which is good because I wouldn't want to dislike a film for an invalid reason. It should be for something more important.
And if there was a reason to dislike Goblet of Fire it'd be because it doesn't feel like a Harry Potter film. It doesn't have the standard structure. The Tri-Wizard tournament rather dominates so instead of slow burning storylines you get very rushed relationships. Like Hermione and Viktor or Harry and Fleur. Its all over so fast. Not like during Azkaban where characters were dwelled on and mulled over and they felt like real people.
Another reason to possibly not care for Goblet of Fire is the Scooby Doo ending. "Now, let's see who you REALLY are bad guy who's driven the plot". At least they didn't use a rubber mask.
But there are reasons to be positive and I did quite like this film. Mainly because there are dragons and frankly 99% of all dragon movies completely suck. Its nice to have a film with dragons in that's actually good. Also the kids are just starting to show edge to their personalities. Even if Ron is a little shallow at this point. He's the focal point of the central three. The guy who falls out with people quickly. That hot tempered redhead attitude. Although its Emma Watson as Hermione who really comes into her own in this film. She doesn't have a lot to do but what she does do, is far better than before.
Overall it does feel rushed and has less polish than Azkaban but its still decent. The series is still well on course at this point. Unforunately writer Steve Kloves is about to take a one movie break and his vermisilitude will be missed.