Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews
October 3, 2012
As well as stronger storytelling and direction, "Azkaban" represents the series' improvement due to it's darker tone, characters and special effects.
November 26, 2014
Oh it brings great sadness to me that this is the final HP film to utilize the talents of John Williams. This is probably his weakest score of the 3 early films but it is still superb.
Same cast as always with a few new additions (New Dumbledore!). The acting is top of the line. Perhaps the filmmaking art slightly declined with this film. Some of the storytelling is a little complex for 1st timers. That being said, Harry develops a lot in this film.
Another wonderful experience.
July 29, 2014
10 out of 10:
Things get much darker in this film. New characters and more rescuing the prisoner of Azkaban.
September 2, 2014
In "Azkaban," director Alfonso Cuaron does away with the colorful aesthetic of Chris Columbus's movies, and in the process crafts a more compressed, well-acted addition to the series.
November 12, 2014
The story becomes darker in this installment which makes the Prisoner of Azkaban a more mature and serious film, to the contrast of its two predecessors.
August 16, 2007
It may seem too dark too soon for the franchise, especially since Voldemort doesn't even play a role in this story, but so dark feels the average 13 year old that it appropriately and eerily reflects a focused reliving of a certain aspect of director Alfonso Cuaron's life. His filmmaking is so excellent that I'm forced to look past the placement in the franchise, rather absorbing myself into an artists craft who is desperately needing to grow as a filmmaker. John Williams ups his game for Cuaron's bold vision, delivering his finest score since A.I.
October 29, 2014
While it may be more dark and complex than SS and CoS, it's still the best of the first three Potter films. Prisoner of Azkaban is yet another unforgettable installment that does not disappoint book fans.
October 11, 2014
Alfonso Cuaron takes over the director's chair from Chris Columbus, and he creates one of the best films in the series. After Richard Harris died shortly before the release of Chamber Of Secrets, questions floated over who could be as great of a Dumbledore as him. Michael Gambon steps into Dumbledore's robes quite brilliantly, and remains so until the final film. Also, the casting of Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and David Thewlis as Remus Lupin are two of the best casting decisions in the entire series. They uphold their characters perfectly. Plus, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson brilliantly portray Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they transition from preteens into teenagers. 10/10.
October 6, 2014
Wonderful! These movies really know how to capture that feel of whimsical adventure. I'd also like to applaud their attention to certain magical elements without feeling the need to explain it or emphasize it. It's there, but it's in the background, serving the story without showing off. On to fourth year!
October 5, 2014
John Williams might have been contacted by the Higher Beings when he wrote the soundtrack to this one. The music is just so good. Beyond that, the darker tone and darker humor really works great with me.
September 30, 2014
Different Dumbledore actor and altogether different Dumbledore, too! This guy sounds 239820398 times more peppy than his late great predecessor. This is also a "brightly colored" Harry Potter film. Great story, great energy, the series is back on track.
September 30, 2014
"THE WIZARD AND THE PRISONER"
- 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity). It's the third installment of the 'Harry Potter 'saga based upon the popular novels of J. K. Rowling. In this film Harry attends his third year at Hogwarts, where he is informed that a dangerous man escaped the Azkaban Prison in order to kill him. A brilliant storyline full of wonderful characters, amazing effects and moments of suspense. I'm a big fan. Reprising their roles are Daniel Radcliffe (the Woman in Black), Emma Watson (Noah), Rupert Grint, Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Robbie Coltrane (From Hell), Alan Rickman (Die Hard), Maggie Smith (Hook) and Julie Walters (Billy Eliot), and added to the cast are Gary Oldman (the Dark Knight), David Thewlis (the Island of Dr Moreau), Timothy Spall (Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street) and Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhoe).
It's almost Harry Potters (Radcliffe) third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After running away from his uncles house, he goes to London where he spends the rest of the vacation at the Leaky Cauldron. There he meets his best friends Ron Weasley (Grint) and Hermione Granger (Watson). Together they get on the Hogwarts Express, where they share a compartment with a sleeping professor. On the way, the train stops abruptly and a dark cloaked figure climbs on board. It's a Dementor, a guard from the Wizard Prison Azkaban. As the creature comes toward Harry, the new Defense against the Black Arts teacher Remus Lupin (Thewlis) wakes up and saves the day.
At Hogwarts, Harry and his friends learn that Dementors will be guarding the School because a dangerous man, called Sirius Black (Oldman), has escaped from Azkaban. As the year progresses and the students attend new classes such as Care of Magical Creatures given by Rubeus Hagrid (Coltrane) and Divination given by the crazy Sybill Trelawney (Thompson), the trio unravels that there is a connection between Sirius Black and Harry...
August 1, 2014
Best of the Harry Potter movies.
September 23, 2014
There's a paradigm shift with this film and it brings the Potter franchise to the next level.
July 12, 2010
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron takes over as director, though Chris Columbus stays onboard as producer. While some fans have been displeased with this film, feeling that Cuaron wasn't as close to the novel and excised several important elements, I found it to be a good film, despite the fact that several major plot points were left out. Still, the film is good.
Harry returns to Hogwarts, finding out that Sirius Black, a former servant of Voldemort, has escaped the wizarding prison Azkaban to find and kill him. Harry also encounters Dementors, Azkaban guards who have been placed around Hogwarts for protection and can take joy away from anyone who gets to close, while he also meets the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin.
Unlike the first two films, this film is darker, while we also get a different look at Hogwarts under Cuaron's direction. Michael Seresin's cinematography adds to the dark feel of the film, at times making unsettling and very dreary. John Williams's score is also a little different, with it being a little darker, though a little jazzy feel at times. This would be the final Potter film for Williams to score, since he would than go onto score other films.
David Thewlis, Gary Oldman and Timothy Spall are welcome additions. Thewlis depicts the mysterious Lupin, adding a great sense of mystery to many of the character's scenes. Oldman depicts Sirius Black, where he wonderfully goes against type. This time Oldman doesn't depict the usual villainous character, but instead someone who turns out to be Harry's godfather who escaped Azkaban for another purpose, partly to protect Harry. Spall depicts Peter Pettigrew, the true servant of Voldemort, wonderfully playing upon the weak feel of the character.
Michael Gambon takes over the role of Albus Dumbledore, following Richard Harris's death. Gambon depicts Dumbledore differently, though he pays homage toward Harris with an Irish accent. Gambon is jazzier, but still creates a memorable and terrific Dumbledore.
While the film drops some important plot points: the creators of the map, how Black escape Azkaban and how Pettigrew managed to fake his death, the film is still well made. While it is my least favorite of the Potter films, it is still good film. The film has real heart, while you can tell that Cuaron really enjoyed making the film. The film is different, but still enjoyable. Well done.
August 12, 2013
Prisoner of Azkaban is where Harry Potter evolved into a more mature and creatively driven franchise, eschewing all the wide-eyed innocent hijinks of the first and, to some degree, the second film. The characters feel more fleshed out and the story feels more unpredictable and tense. The film does occasionally fall into the trap of its predecessors with the who-dunnit scenario and Daniel Radcliffe's acting does get a bit irritating at times. However, this is still a great film and my favourite of the Potter films overall.
September 10, 2014
Amazingly breathtaking,Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban goes into Harry's mysterious past,and gives us a great experience,and not only because it's directed beautifully by Alfonso Cuarón,but because it's the best adapted Harry Potter film.
December 28, 2013
Alfonso Cuarón's magnificent directing helps propel this Harry Potter to one of the better movies in the franchise.
September 5, 2014
Alfonso Cuarón's contribution to the Harry Potter franchise is a more mature and in all honesty better put together film than the previous two installments that while taking the series to darker new territories still manages to feel like a natural progression from Chris Columbus' two films.
September 3, 2014
You can pinpoint the exact moment the Harry Potter series matured - and this is it. Under a new director, the movie benefits from sharp comedy, wit, and added livelihood to a world that made the previous movies seem lifeless. As such, The Prisoner Of Azkaban stands as a raging monolith in franchise's repertoire.