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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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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.
½ November 14, 2016
This is where the series started losing a bit of its relativity to its source material (being the books). The plot here feels rushed, the characters aren't as likeable as the previous films, and everything is somewhat dark and moody (where this sort of stuff should only be happening by movie #5). Nevertheless, it's still an enjoyable film. It's just that it obviously shows that it went in a different direction than its predecessors.
½ November 14, 2016
Thematic, well-acted, and still a technical triumph, The Prisoner of Azkaban is top tier cinema thanks to Alfonso Cuaron's artistic and sophisticated direction
November 12, 2016
Puntaje Original: 8.5

Realmente impresionante, Alfonso Cuarón lleva esta saga a otro nivel con esta magnífica producción.
November 12, 2016
The one with Gary Oldman. Probably the darkest Potter movie and where the franchise found it's feet.
November 8, 2016
Perfect progression. What this one lacks in innocence, it compensates for with teen angst, hormones, fear & action. Who doesn't love time travel?
Super Reviewer
November 6, 2016
As the trio gets older the films become a little darker and more mature. Watching the Harry Potter series within days of each other can be a tough adjustment. Especially considering how family friendly the first two installments are, but no matter the subtitle, Harry Potter films always maintain that fun atmosphere.

Harry and his buddies have turned 13, his first year of his teens, and this film subtly tackles some common issues that an early teen has. Not only is Harry dealing with the angst of trying to be independent from his muggle family, but he then is forced with coming to terms with an estranged family member returning to find Harry, Sirius Black. All the films have relatively the same setting, characters, and tone, but Prisoner of Azkaban is clearly a part of a maturation process for Harry. There's something to be said for a film that takes its franchise in a totally new direction (i.e. Fast Five), but I also can't help but think this film was missing a few familiar plot points.

Alfonso Cuarón took the reigns from Chris Columbus and he brought a refreshing take on the Potterverse. Just by simply looking at the advancement of technology in CGI and in the unique camera movements/shots, this was going to be a different Potter film. Cuarón brought along Michael Gambon as the new Dumbledore, after the unfortunate passing of Richard Harris. As great as Harris is, his calming presence may not have worked as Dumbledore here. Gambon fits in well as a more demanding and mysterious headmaster than in the previous two films.

With that said, Voldemort's lack of presence is definitely felt. I enjoy the late-game twist in the film's villain and I understand we don't necessarily need him every film, but there was barely any mention of him. Yes, that's the way it is in the book, but for me, it degrades the score a bit. The focus here is more on Sirius Black and Professor Lupin. Both of which have unexpected twists and turns that make the third act quite the whirlwind. To me, this film plays more as a part 1 of 2 to the Goblet of Fire, because we only get a glimpse into Pettigrew and his relation to the dark lord and Harry's parents.

Either way, Prisoner of Azkaban is a welcomed changeup in the film's franchise and one that, on repeat viewings, only gets better. I mean, who doesn't love time travel, Hippogriff's, a long awaited punch, a little quality time with Harry & Hermione, and one big twist right? It's a slower pace and a darker tone, but Prisoner of Azkaban is no slouch of a film.

+ Cuarón's different style

+Gary Oldman enters the picture

+Fantastic visuals/cinematography

+Hermione & Harry team-up

-No Voldemort presence

8.7/10
½ October 26, 2016
"Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban" is as enchanting as the first two films in the series and the story is far less stagnant.
October 16, 2016
The novel obviously has more exciting details, but I got to admit that this film was way more touching than the first two ones.
½ October 15, 2016
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban proves the more mature the Harry Potter franchise continues to be, the more surprises awaits that you are willing to be sucked into.
October 15, 2016
As a kid, I always thought of this film as the "okay" film in the franchise. Watching it again as an adult and watching it after studying about the director Alfonso Cuaron, I see it as an amazing film and one of, if not the best in the franchise. You can immediately tell that this is a different take on Harry Potter than the previous two installments. Gone are the days of cute sorting hats and bright colourful quidditch games. This film is much darker in its tone, it's score, it's themes of redemption and sacrifice and even it's colour palette. It's often very gray with lots of dark colours. The acting took another giant step forward especially in the scene in the Shrieking Shack. I also like how the finale is not some all out duel like the previous two. Not that the other two weren't entertaining but this whole segment is suspenseful and intriguing. Overall, you can tell that this film franchise would change for the better once it was handed from Chirs Columbus (famous for his children's films like The Goonies and Home Alone) to Alfonso Cuaron, a director known for making violent gritty dramas in Mexico. Someone with a different style who was more focused on the story, characters, acting, and scene direction than fan service. In the end, what he created is what most fans claim to be the best film in the series.
October 10, 2016
Although it has some plot holes, this is an awesome film that holds up great 12 years later.
October 6, 2016
The best movie in the series. Truly made for viewers from all age groups. FANTASTIC.
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