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11 July 2011

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Directed by: Alfonzo Cuaron

Screenplay by: Steve Kloves

Genre: Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama, Family

Runtime:129 Minutes
Harry has reached his teen years, and adolescence has certainly arrived. Harry is now more confident and finally takes a stand for himself. New director Alfonzo Cuaron takes the chair and it’s a smart move to change director of the films every once in the while. We still have screen writer Steve Kloves and overall it’s once more a fine production. The great thing I love about Potter 3 here is it’s in-between the dark and light of the films fade into darkness. After this film the story spirals into the darkness as Voldemort has more of an appearance. Azkaban involves werewolves, more of that whomping tree and even time travel, making Harry Potter 3 one of the best in the series. Harry is now 13 and this time he walks out in rage and gets a mysterious purple bus that takes him to an inn of some sort and he meets his good friends Ron and Hermione. Potter 3 is probably the best in the series because it is before things get to become dark and gruesome, and it has the perfect blend altogether.
Harry touching Buckbeak.
So here we are at the third year of school for the gang and now they are in their young teen ages both in film and out. Harry is a little more grown up now and is more confident about things as we see him step up to his step parent at last and even walks out the door on them (after his aunt saying nasty things about his parents and blowing her up like a balloon). Hermione’s character also changes and the scene where she punched Malfoy was brilliant. Then we have Ron who is still his nervous red haired self. I think that’s the magical thing about the Potter franchise. The characters change a little in each film and you literally watch them grow up. And the other thing is the actors are roughly the same age, so we are seeing young talent grow more and more. At the time of this film Daniel Radcliffe would have been 14/15, I am not sure about the others.
Stepping up to the franchise is a few new characters. First we have the escaped murderer [which soon changes] Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). Soon we discover Sirius is innocent and is also Harry’s godfather, and his parent’s good friend. This year the school has another new defence against the dark arts teacher Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) who plays a huge part in this film. Then we have Peter Pettigrew, who doesn’t arrive until late in to the film. Prepare yourself for a lot of plot twists because Potter 3 is full of it.
Sirius with Harry.
What I mean by this is the whole thing with were-wolfs. Several different films have big ass deep meanings of were-wolves, but here Rowling has kept it simple. Half man- half wolf and they transform into werewolves only on a full moon. So it is good they kept it like this. Tales of werewolf’s are different all around the world and in this story, our werewolf is someone you likely didn’t expect [no spoiler].

The film’s first great moment is when Harry blows up his aunt and it shows Harry’s sudden change in character. It’s a hilarious scene when we see actress Pam Ferris float into the air. The next favourite moment is the time travelling scene. Few films can get it perfect, so next to Back to the Future it gets it right. Doing time travel in films is a daring thing, but Harry Potter 3 here did it fine enough. So we see scenes that we just saw moments ago from different angles and Hermione and Harry try to change things that happen. I have also noticed the film’s rotation of characters. Harry Potter 1 has its final scene with Harry only. Harry Potter 2 has Harry and Ron going to the Chamber of secrets, although Harry ends up alone, and for number 3 we have Harry and Hermione. Just an interesting thought really.
Harry and Hermione about to go back in time.
Overall:
Although the film may not have as much action as the previous film, or a climactic ending, it involves a lot of story and character unfolding. This is when things start to get a little more complex as we learn about Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and all the others. Harry Potter 3 has several plot twists which makes it engaging and exciting and whether you’re a Potter fan or not, your going to love it. Overall Potter 3 is the middle film of the franchise and is one of the best Potter films there is.

My Rating: 9/10

1 comment:

  1. Good review, I liked this one but have not seen it in awhile. I plan to view it sometime in the next few days.

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