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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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March 21, 2017
Again, another good sequel. They stayed fairly true to the books which was nice.
March 20, 2017
This is a breath of fresh air in comparison with it's predecessor's, mainly because of the much needed new approach taken by director Cuaron. The problem however with making the series more 'mature' & dramatic with each new instalment is that ultimately the films rest on the performances of it's main protagonist. In this case, 'Prisoner Of Azkaban' only serves to prove that Radcliffe is not an actor though he strives to be considered so. Decent enough support from Thewlis, Oldman & Rickman despite their stark screen time fail to give the film any other credibility outside of it's production design & CGI. The Dementors however are the best part of the film, making them a more formidable villain than Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort in the latter parts of the series.
March 19, 2017
Being the third installment in the series, this is where a movie series typically starts to drag out. However, that is not the case this time because Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the best installments in the series.

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.
March 15, 2017
This is the film where the franchise finds its footing and everything in it really works. there are things missing from the novel that could have helped the film but everything is well acted and made and the paceing is great. Gary Oldman is the stand out of the film with his potrayal of Sirus Black as does David Tewelis's role of professor Lupin . Michael Gambon becomes Albus Dumbledore and leaves much to be desired through the rest of the series due to Richard Harris's passing inbetween the production of film 2 and 3. Overall one of the best of the series and a great film.
March 11, 2017
Probably one of the poorest directed of the movies just felt like it was trying to be dark but other times lighthearted and instead of blending them failed at it...
½ March 10, 2017
Better than the other two, the third installment is much more looming and maturing. This is easily the best in the series with vivid story telling.
March 5, 2017
The tone changes from lighthearted to dark, the CGI improves by a lot, and the story-line becomes more interesting. The acting and the set pieces remain of the same caliber, so it's a step ahead of the first two HP movies.
½ February 20, 2017
This was my favorite of the Harry Potter movies.
February 12, 2017
This continues the story of Harry Potter and is a better than the first two films. It has a darker tone and is more character centered. It is not as kid friendly as the other two. The acting is better as the actors continue to get older. The special effects and music are great. A lot of the new characters are great and you really root for them. A lot of good twists and turns as well. A great installment into the Harry Potter franchise.
February 3, 2017
one of my fav Potter movies great to travel and twist
January 22, 2017
Brand new tone, and camera visuals
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
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