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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on December 7, 2004

A perfect piece of storytelling that surpasses its predecessors in every category.  The music is better, the special effects more convincing (impeccable, really), the story is tighter, the laughs are funnier and the joy is more heartfelt.  Even the closing credits are superior.  Cuaron’s direction is bold, putting his individual flair into the film while remaining absolutely true to Rowling’s world.

I find it much easier to relate to our three heroes as adolescents than as younger children, and this is aided by the fact that we get to see them in regular clothing and not flapping about in their robes all the time.  The decision to cut material from the book is of course an unavoidable one, but I feel there is only one misstep in this area — it is never explained why Harry’s Patronus is a stag, and that information gives the Patronus scene a lot more emotional impact.  It would have taken only a couple of minutes to work that into the script, and at the same time could have explained more about the Marauder’s Map.  But I suppose it would be known to the fans already and was deemed to be unnecessary info for the newcomers, who ought to be sufficiently enchanted to go and read the books anyway.  Rating: 10 

I look forward to Cuaron’s future work (apparently he’s doing a sci-fi picture next — quite a versatile director!)  I’m really worried that Mike Newell is going to fuck up Goblet of Fire.  We shall see….


One Response to “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (rewatch)”

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