Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery,
Release Date: 4 June 2004 (2004-06-04)
Running Time: 142 minutes
MMPA rating: PG
The Good: Unexpected plot twists, Last 20 minutes were great, Much better acting than the previous movies, Great John Willaim soundtrack,
The Bad: A little too dark for my taste,
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
Harry Potter is at the Dursleys' for the summer, spending his time studying new spells undercover. When Uncle Vernon's sister, Marge, comes for a visit and infuriates Harry by insulting his parents, he accidentally causes her to inflate and fly away. Harry loses his temper and threatens to curse Vernon but flees, fed up with his life at Privet Drive. The Knight Bus appears and delivers Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge tells him he will not be arrested. During the summer, his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger go to the Leaky Cauldron too. Harry also learns that Sirius Black, a convicted supporter of Lord Voldemort, has escaped Azkaban prison and is likely intending to kill Harry.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione head back to school on the Hogwarts Express. They unknowingly share a compartment with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin, who is sleeping. When the train abruptly stops, Dementors (the guards of Azkaban) board, searching for Black. Harry faints when one Dementor enters their compartment, but Lupin repels it with a charm, but before Harry faints, he hears a woman screaming. He asks who screamed, but they say no one screamed.
At Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore informs students that the Dementors will be guarding the school while Black is at large. Professor Lupin is introduced, and Hagrid is announced as the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher. Lupin's lessons prove enjoyable; he focuses on practice, not just theory, and encourages less confident students such as Neville. However, Hagrid's first class goes awry when Draco Malfoy deliberately provokes the Hippogriff, Buckbeak, who then attacks him. Draco's father Lucius Malfoy has Buckbeak sentenced to death on court. Watch the movie to what happens next.
Plot: 8.2/10- The main idea for the plot was very good and the mystery part worked well, if the pacing was better it would have been a much better movie.
Action: 6.8/10- There actually a few action scenes in the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Acting: 8.4/10- The entire cast was much improved with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Gary Oldman giving the best performances.
Special effects: 7.5/10- Although the movie was made in 2004 the effects are still decent today.
Soundtrack: 9.4/10- John Williams' soundtrack was even better than the previous movies.
Comedy: 7.0/10- There were a few humorous parts but some of the comedy fell flat.
Would I Watch This Again: If I become a fan of the other movies I would probably watch this again.
Overall: 8.1/10- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is large improvement over the previous installments and is a very good movie.
Closing comments: The Prisoner of Azkaban
Recommended for: Fantasy fans,
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Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone Review
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Review
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