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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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½ January 17, 2017
The only film in the franchise that can truly be called "Magical": The Prisoner of Azkaban is beautifully filmed and emotionally compelling under the guiding hand of storyteller Alfonso Cuaron. It is simply the best of the Harry Potter films.
½ January 11, 2017
La rígida escenografía de las primeras dos es desplazada por un estilo más fresco. A los anticuados ambientes, fieles al modelo convencional de magos y brujas, se les ha dado más naturalidad y belleza. Hace uso de virtuosas tomas de largo recorrido (de imposible recorrido, cómo las harán?). 5/10
½ January 9, 2017
Completely different from the first two in tone and style. The geographical and topographical changes were jarring, but ultimately made the place of Hogwarts more realistic. Story for some reason felt less mysterious and wondrous than the book. The big reveals were just kinda shown, rather than showcased. Overall more like a series of good-looking scenes with no discernible relation and then some exciting parts and then an ending...
January 8, 2017
Really good movie, Gary Oldman does a great job.
January 1, 2017
WHAT I LIKED: What sticks out for me about 'The Prisoner of Askaban' is how the script and stylistic direction all just feels a little more sophisticated than in the previous two films. Everything is less goofy and on-the-nose, and that's partly down to improved performances and writing, but also Alfonso Couran's refreshing visual style and tone. Yes this is definitely the most stylish Harry Potter to date, but it also features some great characterisation for our leads (who's cast continue to excel in their roles), and a further exploration of the franchise themes.
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.
½ December 31, 2016
Superb film. Very dark and creepy.
December 14, 2016
A step in a great direction. Brilliant story telling filled with twist and turns. A must for any fantasy fan.
½ December 10, 2016
after of previous two movies we thouht what's next? and appear this a jowel of the cinema alfonso did a great job with this third movie
½ December 6, 2016
This movie was simply awesome! A Star of a new era for Potter movies.
December 4, 2016
Arguably one of the best Harry Potter movies to date, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban manages to be not only darker than its predecessors but also more visually dazzling, funnier, and more intriguing with some stellar performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon who makes just as good an Albus Dumbledore as his predecessor Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis in the role of Professor Lupin and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.
November 28, 2016
Continuing the Potter series' welcome journey from bright and childlike to dark and spooky, the Prisoner Of Azkaban was, for me, a significant improvement on the previous instalment, The acting is better, as the principal cast mature before our very eyes, both physically and emotionally, the story is better, being more compelling and giving extra depth to the characters, and the more frequent dark scenes create a genuinely creepy and foreboding atmosphere. Malfoy continues to be an utterly pointless irritation, and his comeuppances simply don't justify his presence. All his dialogue is cribbed straight from the 'How To Be A 1 Dimensional Bully' Handbook, and cutting him from the film would save not only time but also improve the pace. It has no big flaws aside from that, and is a very solid film for all ages. Kids deserve to see it for the magic and the scares, adults deserve to see it for its depth of character and genuinely touching moments.
½ November 28, 2016
23%
Too boring and almost uncomprehensible for all those who haven't read the book.
November 27, 2016
5 out of 5 stars! They definately hit the ball out of the park on this one. The new more sleek stylish look is great. The director and screenwriter took the most liberties with this story than any of the other films, but it seems like most of them were necessary liberties, to help the story make more sense in the film medium. This is easily in the top 3 books and films of the series.
November 23, 2016
This is an another awesome sequel!
November 20, 2016
Thanks to Alfonso Quarón, the franchise got the chance to go towards a scary and adventurous journey through Hogwarts. Saw this movie since it came out and kept watching it since then. The reason why I keep watching it is because of how great it really is.?
½ November 18, 2016
After two films director Chris Columbus decided to walk away from directing Harry Potter films, so in the search of a replacement Warner chose my fellow countryman Alfonso Cuarón to make the third chapter of the saga, the film that is remembered as the best of the 8 films and the lowest grossing of the all: "Prisoner of Azkaban".

In his third year in Hogwarts, Potter and his friends face a new menace, but this time it comes from outside the walls of Hogwarts: A highly dangerous criminal has escaped Azkaban, the most secure prison of the magical world, and is on the hunt of Potter.

Changing the person that sits in the director's chair is a more than wise decision for a franchise as it injects new blood as each chapter goes on and Cuarón manages to take this child friendly franchise and give it a mature style. "Prisoner of Azkaban" suffers from an improvement in the acting department (the trio fells more confident in their respective roles), the cinematography is gorgeous (even if it's palette is mostly grays or grayish blues) and the best of the franchise, the script is more condense and less faithful to the source material (which is something this franchise desperately needed), Williams' score is the best of the franchise (it may not be as iconic as the one he made for "Philosopher's Stone" but is more powerful and overall more involving), the story is the more subtle of the 8 films as it is 100% focused on character development unlike its predecessor, Cuarón's directing manages to create a perfect balance of whimsical and spooky tone and his attention to detail gives more personality to the world plus his camera work is as remarkable, to say the least, as always; the new characters are welcome additions (Gary Oldman is just freaking perfect in his role and is the most fun presence of the film), the special effects are seamless, and the pacing issues of Columbus films are mostly gone. But needless to say, this film has problems. The ending is a little frustrating as it just introduces a huge problem solver (downright Deus Ex Machina) that eliminates any tension (which is why it is never used again) and this is the chapter that starts with the plot holes (from now on every Potter film will break/bend the rules stablished for this world or start to include convenient artifacts just to be forgotten on the next film).

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is hands down the best Harry Potter film as it is the one film of the franchise that focuses on character development rather than world building or mindless action intertwined by a generic plot. It is as captivating and charming as the first film but it's more mature and it has a far superior crew behind cameras that managed to inject new blood to the saga (this film is so well made that it manages to hold its own regardless of its two predecessors).
November 18, 2016
filled with amazing action and magic
November 17, 2016
The Prisoner of Azkaban is certainly regarded as one of the most intriguing books within the series and it seems as if the movie succeeds to be just as beloved.
½ November 15, 2016
What makes Harry Potter stand out from other franchises is that the books/films smartly mature in tone and theme as their audience does. Prisoner of Azkaban sets that concept off with the believable connection Harry builds with the richly dense Professor Lupin and his compassionate godfather Sirius. But don't be fooled, the dialogue is still weak, as is its continued "kids outsmart the grown-ups" scenario utilized from the first two films that I personally cannot stand.
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