Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mandarin Chinese Edition)
The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts,
where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as
worrying about Lord Voldemort's return. Thus, the young wizards' entry
into puberty opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark
content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get
darker). Mike Newell handily takes the directing reins and eases his
young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry
(Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on
fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with
best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron's underlying romantic
tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter
ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella
entrances, the boys' reactions indicate they've all crossed a threshold.
But don't worry, there's plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Triwizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet.