Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Review: Prisoner of Azkaban

Okay, let's keep this one brief and spoiler-free...

Capsule: what the rest have said. While I wouldn't go quite so far as to call this a great movie, it's a damned good one, really the movie that the Potter story deserves. Darker, moodier, and generally better constructed than the previous two, this takes the risk of not being quite so word-perfect faithful to the books and makes a much better film that way.

A particular note that I appreciate: this movie really rewards having read the book. While the film is reasonably complete unto itself, one way that it keeps the pacing tight is by just not bothering to explain a lot of the little details. For example (and this isn't a spoiler because only those who know the book will understand it), when the stag appears, they just show it without going into a lot of explication. This is trying to be a good movie first and foremost, while leaving enough details in to be improved if you dig into the original.

Couple that with far more creative direction and cinematography than the first two movies, and CGI that just keeps getting better, and it really works quite nicely. Absolute purists should bear in mind that they do fiddle with the fine details here and there. But they don't do so terribly often, and they manage to preserve the spirit of the story quite nicely. I can only hope that the succeeding films do as well...

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