Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews
Not only does the universe get expanded greatly as one would expect from this franchise, but the existing characters truly begin to grow and develop while at the same time showing the true strength of their relationships. This chapter also introduces Sirius Black, an amazing character as well. All of this makes this the first truly emotional chapter of the Harry Potter story.
On top of this, the script is very well-written, the directing is perfect, and the cast gives their best performances so far, making for one truly amazing film.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: This time the plot itself is actually weaker than in the previous film, and whilst it takes itself on fewer annoying tangents, it fails to draw a suspenseful narrative overall. I found the whole story rather stagnant actually, and even if the source material is partly to blame for that, the filmmakers should realise that straight adaptation isn't always the best way.
VERDICT: The execution is vastly improved here. It's just a shame the original foundations have less merit overall.