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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A 2004 movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Dec 19, 2010
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This film is definitely not my favourite of the potter films, but that isn't saying much, seeing as I love each and every one of them. I would definitely have to say that this film is the transition period from the old, childish Harry to the new, adult, more mature Harry. Like the second film, this film introduces a few new characters, but it still develops the old characters.

The acting, once again, is absolutely impeccable. This isn't only from our main cast, but from our new additions to the cast, including the incredible Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. Gary Oldman is just naturally such a powerhouse actor that he can make a small supporting role like Sirius Black so rich and strong and developed. I don't think any other actor could have done the job and quite frankly, I'm glad nobody else did.

This film also introduced Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, after the tragic death of Richard Harris. Personally, I like Michael Gambon, because his performance was a tad grittier than Harris'. When I think of Dumbledore, I think of someone who embodies the proper kindness and caring, but also has a dark side (especially with what is revealed in the seventh book). Gambon portrayes the proper book-dumbledore perfectly, and he is definitely one of the best actors in the movie, probably the entire series.

The visual style is definitely upgraded from the first two films with the addition of Hogsmeade (especially Honeydukes Sweet Shop) and the Dementors. The thing I like about the visual style and the CGI of these films is that it helps the stories without overpowering or substituting them. There's just the right amout to keep the audience entertained while not pandering to the lowest common denominator.

A lot of the big changes from the first two films are definitely due to the change in directors. Changing directors always bring in big changes, for better or for worse. This has worked out horribly in the past (like Joel Schumacher's Batman), but this change in directors is definitely for the better. Not that Chris Columbus wasn't good, but this director was definitely better. He engineered the transition between the old wave and the new wave, but he was replaced after this film by David Yates (correct me if he directed Goblet of Fire).

If you haven't seen this, you should definitely rent it at least, but not before seeing the first two. It's a direct continuation of the first two, taking place in Harry's third year at Hogwarts, and there's some stuff that you need to know to understand the plot of this. It's worth a rental, if not worth owning (definitely if you own any of the other DVDS).

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December 19, 2010
Great review
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Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A brilliant film without regard to being part of the HP series. It captured the darker and moodier facets of the novel which made it perhaps more mature than the intended audience (of early teens anyway).
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
For Harry Potter fans, the next step is to go back and read other great classics, such as all of Tolkein (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) and C.S.Lewis (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) Don't just rely on the movies!
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Cute children's novel, cleverly done!
review by . December 31, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
is easily the best of the Harry Potter films. It has an emotional richness that rises above some of the silliness of the other films. Prof. Lupen as the new teacher and Sirius Black are both strong and complex characters, both with their inner demons and hidden strengths. Lupen and Potter's talks are amongst the most moving moments in the entire series - talks about finding a mentor and retaining one's confidence in the face of fear. John Williams' soundtrack is excellent and really sets the mood. …
review by . June 03, 2004
Pros: Great FX and cast.     Cons: Plays as a setup to the next film, may be to scary for some.     The Bottom Line: A classic tale that will delight fans of the films and books.              One of the most anticipated films of the year, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ” has arrived this summer instead of the fall debut of the previous chapters. The film is based on the third book series …
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy-adventure film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series, and is written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris ColumbusDavid Heyman and Mark Radcliffe. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The supporting cast features Michael GambonGary OldmanDavid Thewlis,Timothy Spall and Emma Thompson.

The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It was also the last Harry Potter film to be released on VHS. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards — Original Music Score and Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards held in 2005.

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