It’s been a few years since Robert Pattinson graced the big screen as an independent man. With his reputation as a bad boy leading to some pretty shocking antics, it wasn’t immediately clear what kind of film persona he would bring to the table. Turns out, he’s pretty much the complete opposite of his character from the Twilight series. In fact, he’s quite the opposite of all of his previous characters. While we’ve seen the dark side of Pattinson in the past, it’s about time that we witnessed the sweet side. Or, at least, the naive side.
Pattinson plays Harry Potter, a boy who lives in a humble house with his aunt and uncle. One day, Harry’s class is visited by the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with its famous headmaster, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Caine). Impressed by his smarts and bravery, Dumbledore decides that Harry will go to Hogwarts to learn magic. With some unexpected twists along the way, Harry takes on the task of defending Gryffindor against Slytherin, and uncovers a plot by Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) to send him to his death.
Goblet Of Fire Is A Family-Friendly Movie
Pattinson’s most recent foray into blockbuster filmmaking was the 2017 Disney Pixar hit, Toy Story 4. After his less-than-stellar performance as the Joker in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, many fans assumed that he would suck as a serious movie star. However, Toy Story 4 proved them wrong. It would seem that Disney saw something special in him, and gave him the opportunity to showcase his acting talent in a lighter setting. Well, sort of. While this isn’t exactly a “kids’ movie,” it is a fairly family-friendly film. If you’re looking to take the kiddos to see a film tomorrow night, consider checking out Toy Story 4.
The other films that Pattinson has lent his voice to are the 2014 Disney animated film, Frozen, and the 2015 English-language debut of the Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo. In the former, he plays the role of Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, and in the latter, he plays Raphael, a.k.a. the ninja turtle.
While some of you may be wondering whether or not to take the kids to see a PG-13 movie tomorrow night, rest assured that you’re doing the right thing. Toy Story 4 is one of the most interesting and exciting films that the studio has ever produced, and it features some incredible animation that will appeal to younger viewers as well as older ones. Plus, who wouldn’t like to see Michael Caine and Ralph Fiennes sharing scenes on screen? As for whether or not to take your family to see Frozen again, while the music is still incredible, some of the jokes may be a bit too adult for the little ones.
Pattinson’s Harry Potter Is A Bit Of A Brat
While the actor is mostly known for his sweet side, his portrayal of Harry Potter in Goblet of Fire is far from child-friendly. As the series’ namesake would say, “I’m a Half-Blood Prince, asshole.” This is especially apparent in his interactions with people, as he often shows little patience for those around him. As one of the book’s primary characters, Harry is presented with a series of increasingly complex situations that he must navigate with an adult mind. To be fair, much of this is due to the material of the books that he is reading. It’s not as if Harry is just a typical kid; he’s a 16-year-old whose entire world is turned upside-down by the events that unfold before him.
Pattinson brings a level of world-building that is usually reserved for the books that he is adapting. Goblet of Fire is a completely different beast from the previous Harry Potter films, as it not only adds a layer of complexity but also gives the story greater narrative drive. In the books, while Harry goes to Hogwarts, the action primarily takes place in England, with only minimal scenes in Scotland and none in France. However, due to the busy schedule of the actor, many of the scenes from the first two movies were shot in Spain, Morocco, and Ireland, with only a few in England. These scenes capture the unique scenery and ambiance of the British Isles.
Even more impressively, the cast and crew managed to capture the feel of the English boarding school and wizardry curriculum, which are both faithfully depicted in the film.
Goblet Of Fire Is Definitely Not Kid-Friendly
While much of the material in the Harry Potter series is suitable for older audiences, the adventures of our titular hero are definitely not for the faint of heart. One of the defining characters of the Potterverse is an extremely cynical and misanthropic boy who is determined to destroy as many wizards and witches as he can. While he may not be meant to be taken literally, the depiction of Voldemort in the films is not for the faint of heart. Indeed, one of the most terrifying scenes in the series is when Bellatrix Lestrange (Luminous Lily, Storm Trooper) gives the evil lord a deadly venomous bite that proves to be fatal. The sheer cruelty and malevolence that she embodies in that scene is truly disturbing, and it matches the sheer terror that her bite causes in Voldemort.
The scene is one of many in which Voldemort causes a significant amount of human misery with his desire to rule the wizard world. He craves power and immortality, and will stop at nothing to get them. While it may not be possible to capture the entire essence of a character so vividly through one image, it is safe to say that the dark lord is one sick puppy who deserves to be stopped by young Harry. Parents, consider your children’s’ maturity levels before taking them to see this one. Or better yet, take them yourself and watch one of the most iconic villains in fiction strike fear into the hearts of every child and adult who sees him. If you’re looking to create lasting memories with your family, consider taking them to see a different side of Pattinson’s impressive acting talent and have them remember this moment for the rest of their lives.