In this latest in the Harry Potter series, we find a teenaged Harry at odds with his best friend Ron and in pursuit of the affections of his fellow student Cho Chang. The world of wizardry is all abuzz over Harry's nomination to compete in the Triwizard Tournament, which pits him against two other academies of magicians in a game that is much more dangerous than Quiddich. As such, its a much darker story than the previous Potters, and reflects the maturing of both the characters and the audiences. But there's no denying that this is another winner for J.K. Rowling and the producers. The special effects are spectacular without detracting from the action with their presence. Its that old "plausibly impossible" that Walt Disney made famous decades ago, although I've always favored a quote by Johnny Carson in these circumstances - "If you buy the premise, you buy the bit." The lead trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and of course, Emma Watson have evolved as actors as their characters have grown, and keep their performances believable and heart-felt as ever they did as children. Elder statesmen of British acting Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, and Robby Coltraine are also a treat to watch. This is a worthy addition to the series that keeps the story alive and well, and keeps audiences anxious for more.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our October, 2007 issue.
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