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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

2004
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Directed by
Alfonso Cuarón
Starring
Richard Griffiths
Pam Ferris
Fiona Shaw
Harry Melling
Adrian Rawlins
Geraldine Somerville
Lee Ingleby
Lenny Henry
Jimmy Gardner
Jim Tavar
Robert Hardy
Abby Ford
Oliver Phelps
James Phelps
Chris Rankin
Julie Walters
Mark Williams
Devon Murray
Warwick Davis
David Bradley
Robbie Coltrane
Matthew Lewis
Sitara Shah
Jennifer Smith
Tom Felton
Bronson Webb
Josh Herdman
Genevieve Gaunt
Kandice Morris
Alfie Enoch
Dawn French
Annalisa Bugliani
Tess Bu Cuarn
Violet Columbus
Paul Whitehouse
Ekow Quartey
Rick Sahota
Jamie Waylett
Sharon Sandhu
Danielle Tabor
Julie Christie
Freddie Davies
Peter Best
Ian Brown

25thframe.co.uk review of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

25thframe rating:    

The stars are starting to look a little older than the 13 they are supposed to be, but the acting, script and direction are getting far better. Chris Columbus passes the directorial duties for assumed in the first two Potter movies to Alfonso Cuaron, and a better film by far is produced. The Third book (the Prisoner of Azkaban) is by many fans regarded as the best of all the Potter movies, being darker and having the best and cleverest of the stories.

Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts for their third year. Before they return Harry runs away from the Dursleys, who have always treated him badly. Just in time before he has to spend the night on the streets the ghostly Night Bus picks him up. After a quick spin about London they drop him off at the Leaky Cauldron Inn. On the bus Harry learns about the escape of Sirius Black from Azkaban prison.
Once back at the School it's the usual story of the three lead characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione, getting into trouble and uncovering the mystery of who and where the Prisoner of Azkaban is. There is a bigger role in this movie for all involved, the rivalry between the gang and Sliterines Draco Malfoy grows ever deeper, with a lovely turn by Hermione.

This film in general is much improved over the last two, especially the awful Chamber of Secrets. The dark and moody styling seems to fit this latest Harry potter, although I don't think it would have worked for the previous two movies, this has darker source material, and Harry is getting older and wiser, and possibly more mischievous as the books progress. Although this is an enjoyable film it is still guilty, as with the last two, of being disjointed. Having never read the books I don't know the stories at all, but even I feel that at times bits are missing or being left out, the viewer is being left to sometimes guess how the story progresses from one scene to another, whereas the books explain it.