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Jurassic Park (1993)
One of my Favourites
It's kind of weird how much I love this film. I was never really interested in dinosaurs as a kid, yet I always loved watching this. Whilst this is only my second full watch of this, I've watched so many halves and clips of this film that most of it is pretty much implanted in my brain. I think the main thing I love about this film, as it is with a lot of 80's and 90's classics, is its simplicity. It takes simple character dynamics and elevates them into a high-stakes scenario. Similarly to Back to the Future, every line of exposition towards the beginning is necessary at setting up a plot point or character arc. The build up is patient and allows us to get more time with this characters and to explore the park before everything goes wrong. The special effects are obviously legendary and still hold up incredibly well. Spielberg's direction is just phenomenal - the action scenes are shot in such a tense and engrossing way that I can't help but love them. The characters are iconic and all fulfil their roles within the story really well. John Williams' score is one of my all-time favourites, and overall, there isn't too much to say other than this truly is one of the best blockbusters of all time, and it will always be a personal favourite of mine just because of how much joy I get whilst watching it. It's very much a film that helped to ignite my love of cinema as a whole, and if for no reason other than that it will have a special place in my heart.
A Decent Comedy
I had no idea what to expect from this film, and honestly it was pretty by-the-numbers as far as comedy films go. The main reason why I've given it a positive score is because John Cleese and Penelope Wilton have such great delivery. Cleese in particular has such a great screen presence and he elevates every moment. But yeah, the script is just kind of average. There are some good jokes, but most of them aren't really laugh out loud funny, more relying on the scenarios to carry out the humour. This works in some points but not so much in others. Thankfully the runtime was brisk enough to stop me from being bored, and overall this was a fun enough time to be worth recommending to fans of the comedy genre.
The Revenant (2015)
A Really Intense Experience
What an epic film. Iñárritu truly is a master filmmaker, and his direction paired with Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography makes this a joy to look at. I think the final hour of this film is genuinely phenomenal, because at that point the story becomes more focused and the characters are developed enough for me to really care what is going on. The first hour and a half or so wasn't as engaging, but the filmmaking on display was still phenomenal. Whilst I do think the film would be better at 2hrs 15-20mins, it was still a great, great film. Leonardo is obviously phenomenal. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily call this his best performances, it's certainly his most committed role, and he definitely did deserve the Oscar. I think my favourite fact about this film is that it was shot entirely using natural light - it helps to capture the realism that Iñárritu wanted and helps with the visuals. Again, I do think it could have been a bit better story-wise in the first 90 or so minutes, but it is still a great film that I'd definitely recommend.
A Fun Kids Flick
For a film with so much going on, it does kind of end up just being good. Not great, but good. There's some bad child acting, and the opening half an hour is kind of mediocre, but the school stuff is a lot more fun. Miss Trunchbull is a delightfully over-the-top scene-stealing villain, and watching her get her comeuppance by having Matilda pretend to be the brother in law that she murdered for some unexplained reason and say that he is coming to get her is a lot of fun. All of the performances are good and the essence of the book is very much kept throughout. Whilst it doesn't have too much appeal for adults, it is still a good time on the whole.
Back to the Future (1985)
A True Classic
An 80's classic that still holds up tremendously well, Back to the Future is iconic from start to finish. This truly is a masterpiece in setup and payoff. Whilst some might find the exposition towards the beginning tiresome, it kept me engaged as I knew that the payoff was coming in the second half. The humour really is second to none, and the characters are genuinely great. They could have ended up being stereotypical, but they ended up working really well. The score is another fantastic element - it's one of the most iconic scores of all time. Michael J Fox is obviously iconic as Marty, and his delivery is really good aswell. The effects mostly hold up well, but they don't need to because of how strong the story is. It really is one of the most simple yet enjoyable films of all time. My only tiny gripe is the final scene with Doc Brown returning and taking them to the future. I think it restricted what they could do in the sequel, and feels quite tacked on and annoying. I know it is an iconic scene, I just don't think it really works at all. Still, this isn't a big enough issue for me to not give this the 5 star rating it thoroughly deserves. It's a truly timeless film (Get it? Because time travel) and I'd definitely recommend it.
The Best Spider-Man Film
I'm gonna keep this relatively short cause I think everyone knows how great of a film this is, but wow is it great. The fantastic animation, engaging action, well developed characters and really fresh and original story help to make this one of the best animated films in recent years. Given the amount of Spider-Man films we've had since Sam Raimi's 2002 original, it's great that this takes the character in a new direction whilst still keeping to the essence of the character. A lot of the humour is really good (although I don't really like Spider-Pig that much) and the villains are really well-developed. The pacing is pitch-perfect and all of the voice actors do a really good job with their characters. Overall. this is an excellent, excellent film that I would definitely recommend.
Life of Brian (1979)
A Hilarious and Really Rewatchable Comedy
Comedy is a completely subjective thing - what one person finds absolutely hilarious someone else might find dull. That's something to keep in mind for this review, because I literally laughed at every line of this. There are some dated parts e.g. blackface and lame special effects, but when something is this side-splittingly hilarious, it's hard to care. The Python's are the most legendary comedy group of all time, and this is truly their magnum opus. The delivery is obviously great, but it is the jokes that really make this one of my favourites. The stoning scene, the 'you're all individuals' scene, the 'we need to act' scene, the 'We're not the People's Front of Judeah, we're the Judean People's Front' scene, the Biggus Dickus scene, the speech, the crucifixion - I just find every second of this incredibly funny. Again, comedy is subjective and if you don't find it funny I don't blame you for not liking this. But I just love it, and despite some dated elements I would call it my favourite straight comedy of all time (There are some comedies I like more but most of them also have parts of other genres e.g. Hot Fuzz, The Intouchables, Fargo). If you haven't seen this before, please give it a watch - it is a true comedy classic.
Not a Great Film, but an Enjoyable One
Look, this isn't really a good movie. The plot is generic, Greg is way more annoying and the comedy is not as strong as either predecessor. But, and this is a big but, I still love it anyway. I have a tonne of nostalgia for this, and the relationship between Greg and his dad is explored really well here aswell. Whilst the comedy isn't as strong, the performances are still top notch (or maybe I'm just comparing them to the cast of The Long Haul) and I just enjoy this film a whole lot. It's based off two of my favourite 3 of the books and as such I do enjoy some elements of the story. Overall, I do genuinely enjoy this franchise. It isn't high-quality cinema necessarily, but it's a series I can see myself returning to in the future.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
One of the Best Action Movies of All Time
A true classic of the adventure genre, Raiders of the Lost Ark has everything you'd want from this type of film, and still holds up 40 years later. The action is definitely the best aspect - the stunts are obviously iconic, but the direction of the action is so smooth, and it makes it very easy to follow and as a result more enjoyable. Too many action movies nowadays rely on shaky cam, and whilst shaky cam can be used effectively (see Saving Private Ryan) I ultimately do prefer smoothly shot action as done here. Of course we have the brilliant Harrison Ford as Indy, but I also really like Marion in this film. She has an actual character here, which is so much better than Kate Capshaw's character in Temple of Doom who just screams constantly. The villains aren't well developed as such, but they're not meant to be - they're just meant to be intimidating, and they do that really well. The story is simple, yet also really effective. It's a plain macguffin story, but it allows for the action to drive the story, and that stops the film from being too bogged down by exposition. The score is one of the best of all time - John Williams really is a master composer - and the film is just really entertaining. Overall, it's a fantastic film.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
A Childhood Favourite that Still Holds Up Brilliantly
I just love this film so much. It's funny, heartfelt, beautifully animated and contains one of my favourite villains of all time in Lotso, who works as a relatable and scene-chewing villain at the same time. As with all of the films in the Toy Story franchise, it manages to look at an interesting perspective on the life of a toy in what their life would be like at a daycare, and the execution is second to none. The characters are still as fun as ever to see on screen, and the new characters are given enough screen time to each have distinct personalities and quirks whilst still not taking the focus off of the central plotline. I think now, as I start to grow out of things that I enjoyed when I was younger, the Andy parts really hit home for me. And the ending is quite possibly my all-time favourite. It is the perfect balance of closure and optimism for the toys' future. It is just a miracle of a film that I love every second of.
An All-Time Favourite
Damien Chazelle's debut film is phenomenally directed and intense to watch from start to finish, but what I really love is how well the film captures Neiman's drive and motivation for drumming. Despite everything Fletcher puts him through during the film, he still chases his dream right until the end, and it's that drive that keeps the film engaging and keeps the stakes high. JK Simmons is obviously phenomenal in what is probably one of my all time favourite performances, but Miles Teller also kills it in his role aswell. I've had the song Whiplash stuck in my head since this rewatch, but the actual score is also really great and sticks in the head well. The dialogue is probably the strongest element - every line hits so hard, from simple conversations to the larger concert scenes. It's just a brilliant film, and one that I can see myself revisiting time and time again in the future.
A Genuinely Great Sequel
A huge step up from the original in most regards. The pacing does slow down a bit too much towards the end, but the first hour in particular is just a really good time, with stronger humour and better developed characters. I said it in my review of the first film - the cast is just phenomenal here, with Devon Bostick in particular delivering a really funny performance. But more than anything, it's just much funnier than the original. I guess you could call this a mixture of nostalgia and a 'guilty pleasure' element to it, but I just loved watching this, and it reminded me of what I enjoyed about the franchise when I was younger. Overall, this is a genuinely great comedy, and I would recommend it.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
My Favourite Comedy of All-Time
I just love this film so much. It somehow managed to get even better on second viewing. Edgar Wright really is a master of visual comedy, and every single joke hits the mark. It never lets up from beginning to end. The characters are iconic and all play their parts really, really well, the action is brilliantly fun to watch, all of the actors are just great - but it's the editing where this film shines the most. It has such a unique editing style that leads to so much humour and creativity. Even though this is side-splittingly hilarious, it would also be a genuinely great film without any comedy - that's just how strong the story is. It works even better on second viewing as you can pick up on some of the hints that lead up to the big twist. All of this culminates in quite possibly the best finale of any film. It's the perfect payoff to what came before, and it makes this probably my all-time favourite comedy.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
A Decent Comedy
Works better as a dramedy more than a straight out comedy - some of the comedy honestly does fall flat - but it's very much saved by a good ending and some great supporting performances. Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick and Steve Zahn all nail their roles, and they bring much more comedy than Greg's school troubles. There are a lot of fun scenes, but the middle does drag a tad and a lot of the gross out humour is really not my thing. On the whole it's solid if unspectacular. Zoo-Wee-Mama makes me laugh way more than it should though.
A Solid and Enjoyable Blockbuster
A perfectly solid blockbuster. Everything within the film was pretty much completely solid. Solid performances, solid characters, solid action, solid story. Everything was solid. The only thing that really stood out as being great were the visuals. Gareth Edwards always has really strong visuals in his films, and this is no different. The creature design is great and the colour palette is really great to look at. My only real issue is that I wish they'd kept Bryan Cranston alive for longer - he was probably the most interesting character in my opinion, and I wish he hadn't died so early on. But still, it's just a fun film. The HALO jump sequence was probably the best action sequence in my opinion, and the ending was really satisfying. Overall, it's a good time.
A Perfect Conclusion to the Franchise
Ah, Harry Potter. I've said it in my other reviews and I'll say it again - this franchise brings so much nostalgia for me. I try not to let nostalgia blind me to somethings quality, but I do genuinely believe that this franchise holds up really well upon rewatch. This is going to be one of my longer reviews as I did for the Star Wars, MCU and the Hunger Games, where I basically just ramble on about the franchise until I can't even bare to look at my computer anymore. In this review in particular I'm going to look at the characters and what I like about them, as well as giving my overall impression of the franchise. Spoilers for the entire franchise (obviously) So lets get started:
I figure I should start with Harry. Now he is a little bit bland at times during the first few films, partly because Daniel Radcliffe's performance in the first two films isn't the best. But he really does come into his own as a character during Prisoner of Azkaban, and he starts to actually have strong relationships with other characters such as Lupin and Sirius, and that helps him become a lot more interesting. I do like that as the films progress, Harry gets less and less help in the finales. In the first one he has both Ron and Hermione with him, in the second one he just has Ron, in the third one he just has Hermione and by the fourth one he is on his own - it shows a genuine progression in his character and increases the stakes of the fourth films final battle. I do find it ironic that Emma Watson is better than Dan Radcliffe in the first couple, but by the end Radcliffe has vastly overtaken her acting wise.
Now, a seemless transition to Hermione, who is like the only character who has an actual arc in the first film. She's kind of stereotyped as the smart one, but again she becomes a lot more complex as the films go on. She's probably the funniest out of the three aswell, and definitely the best at magic. It is kind of shocking how little Harry does actual magic in these - he mostly does the big action and bravery moments, particularly in the films. But yeah, I do think Hermione is probably the best developed character out of the three.
Lets move on to Ron, who is definitely the most annoying of the three. Rupert Grint plays him well, but from the fourth film onwards he seems to just fall out with someone every film as a formality, and this weakens his character overall. But he still has a lot of funny moments and enjoyable action sequences, particularly the chess scene in the first film.
Right, time for some slightly more one-note side characters - Neville has quite a basic character, but he provides some great jokes, and him beheading the snake is just the most awesome of scenes. However, I really do wish Ron had beheaded the snake and Neville had instead killed Bellatrix - it would have been a much better payoff for the character who's parents were tortured to insanity. Dean and Seamus don't have particularly strong character arcs, but Seamus arguing with Harry in film 5 and Dean and Ginny's relationship in film 6 at least gives both of them something to do at times. The most disappointing character by far is Ginny. Now book Ginny is a great character - we even named our cat Ginny - but film Ginny is way more underdeveloped and bland. Bonnie Wright is okay in the role, but she just gets nothing to do, and her relationship with Harry seemingly comes out of nowhere. And now for the other character who we named our cat after, Luna, who brings some great humour and more light hearted moments to balance out some of the darkness in the later films.
Now for the more villainous kids - Draco Malfoy is a great villain in the first two films, and whilst he's decent in 3, he gets basically nothing to do in 4 or 5. But from 6 onwards he has a much better character, who has a genuinely great arc where he is forced to kill Dumbledore by Voldemort, but clearly doesn't want to. Crabbe and Goyle are decent henchmen type characters, but don't really do much besides standing around and looking relatively intimidating.
As far as comedic relief goes, you can't get much better than Fred and George Weasley. They're one of the most consistently hilarious side characters in any film ever, and they light up the screen whenever they are present. Fred's death, despite his seemingly minor role in the franchise as a whole, is without a doubt one of the saddest in the series. Like seriously JK! Couldn't you have killed Percy or Bill instead?
Right, this review is dragging on a bit, let's get to some of the adult characters now.
I'll start with Hagrid, who I'm tempted to say is my favourite character, but I can't exactly pinpoint why. He just brings a smile to my face every time he's on screen, and Robbie Coltrane plays him to absolute perfection. His character is explored more in film 2 and it's probably my favourite element of that film in particular. Maybe he isn't the best written character, but he is the highlight of every film, and I character I just love to see on screen.
But come on - I'd be lying if I didn't say that Snape was the best character. I'm not sure where I read this, but I think that Alan Rickman was told about what would happen to his character by the end of the series, and that would make sense given how perfect his performance is. The sequence in this film with the flashbacks where we finally learn about Snape's motivation is just beautiful, and really does get me every time. I really think that Snape's overall story is the best of the franchise, if not in any film franchise ever.
Dumbledore is comparatively a much simpler character, but he works as a strong role model for Harry and the other kids. Whilst I do think Richard Harris gives a more faithful performance compared to the book, Michael Gambon, particularly in Half Blood Prince, does do a pretty good job aswell. I don't like the idea that Dumbledore is 'basically Gandalf' - there are some similarities, but Dumbledore has a much more complicated backstory and arguably is a more charismatic character.
Lets look at some of the other teachers. McGonagall is a bit underused in some scenes, but Maggie Smith plays her well and her battling Snape in the final film is a great moment. Flitwick is a fun character, and is one of the 65 roles that Warwick Davis has in the series. Trelawney isn't in it that much, but Emma Thompson does a good job and her scenes are enjoyable. Filch isn't really a teacher, but brings some decent comedy, and I can't think of any other noteworthy teachers that aren't Defence Against the Dark Arts so I'm gonna start that paragraph now.
Quirrell is literally Voldemort and is still better than Umbridge so that shows how awful Umbridge is. Lockhart literally can't do magic and is still better than Umbridge so that shows how awful Umbridge is. Lupin is definitely the nicest of all the teachers, and his talks with Harry are some of the best moments of Prisoner of Azkaban. Moody is great in Goblet, but my big issue with him is that it is treated like we already know this character in the 5th film, when we obviously don't as the Moody in this film is Barty Crouch Jr. Umbridge is Umbridge. Snape I've already talked about so I'll talk about his potions replacement, Slughorn, who is a really good addition and has some good conversations with Harry surrounding Voldemort's backstory.
We're in the home stretch now guys. Let's talk about Voldemort. Riddle is far from the most complex villain, and it can definitely be argued that he is too generically evil to be a compelling villain. I disagree however, and think that Voldemort is the near perfect antithesis to Harry, the face of hope. Ralph Fiennes was a great choice to play Voldey, and his line delivery combined with the creepy atmosphere surrounding him gives him a really strong screen presence throughout.
As far as Death Eaters go, none of them get much development. Bellatrix is probably the best - HBC is great and her character has a legitimate personality. Lucius is intimidating in Film 2, but by the final few he's just become pretty pathetic. Peter Pettigrew is another one who is honestly pathetic. I wouldn't say he's a bad wizard as such, but he really doesn't do much past the fourth film. Again, the rest of them don't do very much at all, but they work as some decently intimidating henchmen.
The Weasley family as a whole is another set of people that I want to talk about. I like how they essentially serve as Harry's family during this series, with Molly in particular being a very much motherly figure to Harry. They are very much the antithesis of the Dursley's. I really do like the role the parents in particular take and I think it adds to theirs and Harry's characters quite a lot. Another character who serves as a father figure to Harry is Sirius. Gary Oldman nails his performance and their conversations during Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix are some of my favourites. And when Sirius says 'Nice one James' to Harry just before he dies - it's just heartbreaking.
Right, I think that's it for characters? At least for ones that I care to talk about here. There are obviously others, but I'd be writing this all day, and I've already been writing this all day so I need to move on.
Let's actually talk about this film. I would very much compare this to Endgame in that yes, there are moments from the book that I wish were here and I don't love everything they did, but being the climax of this huge franchise that I love almost everything about as well as bringing a huge level of joy to me every time I watch it, it really does work for me. It isn't a perfect film, but between the great direction, gripping action and well completed character arcs for so many characters, I just love watching it every time. The performances are at their peak here and, whilst I do wish they'd combined part 1 and part 2 into one film, this is a truly epic experience nonetheless.
An Experience Like No Other
What can I say about this that hasn't already been said? The visuals are beautiful, from the production design to the cinematography to the effects, and the story is really well-fleshed out and, despite the alien situations, very human at its core. The performances are all really good and the action sequences are great and build suspense really well. And the ending, oh wow the ending. I was in awe of a film for the first time in seemingly ages. Now is it a flawless film? Definitely not - it can be a slow burn at times, particularly in the middle, and I'm not certain on whether I liked the flashback element of the story. I thought it worked at some points and not so well at others. But still, what an experience, and definitely one I'm looking forward to revisiting at some point in the future.
My Least Favourite in the Series but Still Good
This is my least favourite one. As much as I love Part 2, I really don't think this should have been split into two films. Just make a 3 hour epic the finale you COWARDS. No but seriously, the pacing, particularly in the second half, is just too slow for me to really get into it. I still like the visuals and the story overall, and I would say that the performances of the lead three are probably the best that they've ever been. They've truly come into their own as actors, and it's great to see that. I do wish Ginny got more screentime aswell, but that's been an issue since the 5th film so that doesn't bother me anymore. I still really like where they went with Draco, and the opening action sequence is really enjoyable, and sets the film up really well. So whilst I don't love this as much as some of the others, I still appreciate a lot of elements within it, and at the end of the day I do enjoy it.
The Weakest So Far. Still Great Though.
When I was younger, this was always my least favourite of the films, and I think I was being really harsh cause I enjoyed it a damn lot this time. Now I still think there is too much focus on the romantic aspect, and there are still a few small moments (Snape never explaining why he is the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore apparating in Hogwarts, some choppy action editing) do still annoy me, but there is a lot to love here. Slughorn is a great addition, and we get some much needed backstory for Voldemort. The Dumbledore/Harry stuff is the best its ever been, the Draco Malfoy parts are really good, and this might be the flat-out-funniest of the series. The visuals are also really good here, and it's great to see how they have changed over the series to match the tone. I feel like I haven't mentioned how good the cast are in a while - Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman in particular are both phenomenal here, and the original cast who were once kids and, frankly, not that good, have much improved over the years. Overall, this still isn't my favourite, but I think I was way too harsh to a genuinely great film.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
A Really Funny Action-Comedy
I didn't like the original Deadpool film as much as everyone else seemed to. I mostly didn't like that, for a film that mocks a lot of superhero films, it's plot was very generic. This film doesn't really fix that problem necessarily, but it did fix the other problem I had with the first film - the villain. Cable is a much more memorable villain than Ajax, and his story, whilst a bit derivative of Looper, is still pretty enjoyable. Reynolds is still as funny as ever, and the jokes are probably slightly better in this one too. I really like the addition of Domino - she brought a lot of great comedy with her - and the R rated action is once again used really effectively and enjoyably. The meta humour was fun and overall, this is a great example on how a sequel can build off what worked from the original to make something just as funny and enjoyable.
The Dig (2021)
A Very Solid Film
My first 2021 release is a pretty good film. I really liked the cinematography here - it felt quite grainy and a bit diluted, which I think matched the time period and the subject really well. Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes are both really good and the character dynamics were what drove the film, and it made it a lot more interesting. All of the plots are developed really well, and the film never feels like its juggling too much. My big issue is that the pacing is way too slow. Scenes drag on way too much, and it meant that I just wasn't as engaged in the characters or in the story as much as I anticipated and wished. Still though, there was enough that I enjoyed so that it didn't kill the film for me. Overall, this definitely could have been better, but there was plenty of good for me to enjoy, and if you think you'll enjoy this then you probably will.
My Least Favourite Book Makes a Pretty Great Movie
This is actually my least favourite book in the series, and one of only two films that I'd prefer to watch over reading the book (the other being Prisoner of Azkaban). The big thing here is that it manages to condense the 100 pages of Umbridge dishing out rules from the book into a short but sweet montage, and it makes the pacing a whole lot better. Umbridge is a fantastic villain to hold our attention while Voldemort plots away, and Imelda Staunton does a great job. Luna is also a fun addition to the group, and Neville gets some much needed character development (although I wish Ginny had more to do here). Fred and George also add some great comedic moments. This is the first film that David Yates made in the franchise, and he does a good job with the direction. There are some pretty good scenes about how the media controls what people think, such as Seamus arguing with Harry, and the Dumbledore's Army group training scenes are so much fun, and give us more time with the vast array of characters that this franchise has set up. I still don't love the story, and I think it could and should move stuff forward some more surrounding Voldemort, but overall this is another great addition into the franchise.
Late Night (2019)
An Average Comedy
This has got to be one of the most aggressively average films I've ever seen. The jokes were fine, the performances were fine, the story was fine, the character work was fine. The only things that stood out were Emma Thompson and John Lithgow who I thought were both pretty good, but except for that the emotional arcs were quite underdeveloped and I just couldn't sympathise with Emma Thompson's character at all. Overall, there are worst ways to spend 100 minutes, but would I recommend it? Probably not.
A Fantastic Sci-Fi Thriller
Back in July 2020, I watched the Luc Besson film 'Lucy' and I really didn't like it. The plot was nonsensical and empty, the characters got next to no development, the editing in of random footage felt really out of place and it felt very unfocused thematically. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is everything Lucy should have been and more.
I genuinely loved every second of this. First of all, I have to talk about how well the characters are developed. I managed to legitimately care about this guy and him wanting revenge for his wife's death. The action is genuinely fantastic - it felt very Kingsman esque, but I arguably enjoyed it more here. The production design really helped to immerse me in this era and the performances were all really impressive. The story was well developed and explored its ideas way better than the aforementioned Lucy. It very much feels like a sci-fi version of John Wick but with more focus on the story, which initially seems like a simple revenge story but develops into so much more. It is a bit cheesy at times and some of the dialogue isn't the best, but overall I just really, really loved and enjoyed this, and I would definitely, definitely recommend it.
My Favourite Book in the Series Makes for a Great Movie.
Goblet of Fire is my favourite Harry Potter book, mainly because it really felt like this was the turning point in the series. From here on out everything is a lot darker, and it still keeps some lighter moments to keep the tonal shift gradual. And whilst this isn't quite my favourite of the films, I still think it's pretty great. The visuals aren't as good as Cuaron's but they're still really interesting. The Triwizard Tournament is a really interesting setup for a film, and whilst the tasks aren't exactly great spectator sports (watching an empty maze and an empty lake doesn't sound particularly fun for everyone else) but they work really well on screen, and Mad-Eye Moody is yet another entry into the iconic Defence Against the Dark Arts Teachers. Ralph Fiennes also kills it as Voldemort and there are some really great jokes in here too. Despite being one of the longer entries, the film never felt boring or like it was dragging at all, and as I said before I just have a fondness for this story in particular. There are some questionable moments (DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE), and I do find it weird that when Mad-Eye is in the next couple of films we are just expected to treat him as a character we already know when, per the twist of this film, we've never actually met him. Overall, though, this is just a great film, and another fantastic (and nostalgic) entry into the Harry Potter series.