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Vulcan Stev’s Family Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Daniel Radcliffe …  Harry Potter
Gary Oldman …  Sirius Black
Rupert Grint …  Ron Weasley
Emma Watson …  Hermione Granger
David Thewlis …  Professor Lupin
Michael Gambon …  Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman …  Professor Severus Snape
Maggie Smith …  Professor Minerva McGonagall
Robbie Coltrane …  Rubeus Hagrid

Synopsis from IMDb: Approaching his third year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter has had enough of his muggle relatives. He runs away from them (finally) and enters his third term facing trouble from more than one side: for using magic outside the school and from the news that a notorious criminal, serial killer Sirius Black, has escaped the wizard’s prison at Azkaban and apparently is headed for Harry. The school calls in supernatural help against Black in the form of Dementors, but unusual things continue to put Harry in peril. He is thrown into a confusing panoply of shifting allegiances and shifting shapes where nobody is who or what they seem. Who is the real criminal? What is the real crime? Who is telling or knows the truth?

VS – 1.5 pointed ears
Aside from the rapidly aging actors (which although distracting is understandable).  This movie takes Rowling’s universe on a decidedly darker turn.  Whether that’s the author’s doing or the director’s, I don’t know.  According to PIT #1 the story does take a decidedly darker turn in the books.  Far be it from me to question the MPAA but I think this movie should’ve garnered a PG-13, of course this would’ve undercut the target audience.  Also I don’t know if it’s my tv or not but the film seems to be shot nearly monochromatically.

Little things stand out to me during repeated viewings.  Shouldn’t Peter Pettigrew’s footsteps on the map be rat tracks?  When Harry is practicing the patronus charm, why does it work on the Boggart?  I mean even though it’s taken the form of a dementor it is not a dementor.  The pumpkins at Hagrid’s  are awfully large and orange for spring.  Am I being nitpicky? perhaps but inconsistencies that are so easily fixed or explained on screen always nag at me.

Mrs VS – .75 pointed ears
This is a scarier movie than the first two.  I don’t like watching this movie unless I’m sitting next to my hubby.   

PIT #1 – 1.5 pointed ears
This movie is where the series begins to take a departure from the novels.  Nothing major in terms of the plot but it is a trend that gets worse as the series progresses through the novels

PIT #2 – 1.5 pointed ears
This is an OK movie.  I get the sense that the producers assume you’ve read the novels.  To my perceptions there were places where stuff could’ve been explained in the movie better.

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
I like Harry Potter.  The time travel sequence is a little confusing.

6.25 pointed ears out of 10.  Again this is best viewed as chapter three of an ongoing saga.  The movie relies on much exposition from the previous 2.  Not a problem just an observation.


February 17, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , ,

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