Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was probably one of the most looked-forward-to movies of the summer. I personally, with a couple friends, would often squeal over the fact that it was almost June 4th. In the end I was sadly disappointed with this movie.

This movie goes more for special effects than the true plot of the book. While none of the movies could really be exactly like the book, this one took the cake for being way off. Scenes were added, changed, and generally didn't flow together. Anyone who has read the book is aware that Harry gets pretty beat up in this third book. Several times he passes out, and each time it was followed with bad special effects and the echo-y "voices from beyond."

The one good thing that could be said for this movie is definitely the play-up on the dementors. One of the most terrifying creatures of the Harry Potter world, they lived up to J.K. Rowlings' standards. Each time they arrive, they are heralded by chilling ice that freezes anything nearby. While this can be cool, you can only take things so far. I think the flowers freezing scene took it a little too far, and in some other scenes, they just looked like ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings.

New casting in this movie is the newest Professor Dumbledore played by Michael Gambon. He had a lot to live up to when in comparison with the original Dumbledore played by Richard Harris, who unfortunately passed away. Richard Harris played Dumbledore perfectly, he had the right voice and acting style for the role. Michael Gambon tries very hard to live up to this image, but can't do it just because he isn't the original. Differences are very apparent throughout the movie. Also casted in this film was Remus Lupin the werewolf turned Defense teacher, played by David Thewlis. While he played the role admirably, I still feel, he just wasnt quite there with the part. He didn't have the look of Lupin that seemed to be portrayed through the books. Lastly, there is Sirius Black, Harry's godfather who has been framed as a conspirator in the murder of Harry's parents. Played by Gary Oldman, who is also a very good actor, but I still feel his overall look just didnt quite fit the character.

  I will admit, I might be a little bit harsh on this movie, just because it had been so hyped up, and the book was my favorite. An ok movie, rated pg, I give it Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


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