Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rated PG 141 minutes 2004

Post-modern formalists and traditional structuralists both seem to agree that this is the most fun and most wizard-tastic Harry Potter movie so far. Director Alfonso Cuarón focuses on the human elements, unlike his predecessor, Chris Columbus, who focused only on the cold, hard cash that long ago turned his soul into frozen stone. Cuarón thus makes the characters people we care about, and the plot a source of interest. He gets these effects not only through good, old-fashioned storytelling, but also through an intimate and drifting camera, and some thoughtful costuming. It doesn’t hurt that his leads are starting to grow into their roles, particularly Emma Watson, who, as Hermione, is now good enough to steal the show from Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry and Rupert Grint’s Ron. But nobody tops veteran David Thewlis’ turn as cursed dark-arts professor Lupin. He’s sad and human and sort of not-pretty in a pretty way. Tragically, this is the only Potter film that Cuarón has signed on for, so the series could go back to the effects-dependent slime pool from whence it came.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.harrypotter.com

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Producer: Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan, Callum McDougall and Tanya Seghatchian

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Timothy Spall, Julie Christie, Peter Best, David Bradley, Alfred Enoch, Pam Ferris, Dawn French, Jimmy Gardner, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Josh Herdman, Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray, Chris Rankin, Jim Tavaré, Jamie Waylett and Paul Whitehouse


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