Another rousing review of 'Prisoner'

  May 3, 2004 at 2:20 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via Ain't It Cool News)

Before all the professional reviews of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban come out here is another review from someone who has actually read all the books and has seen the movie from Ain't it Cool Newsopens in new window.

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According to the reviewopens in new window this movie is the best from the franchise & should keep all fans happy (includes spoilers).

This movie has the right feel of Harry Potter. It got that magical touch that the others lacked. Also this one has no scenes that made you want to vomit (think Hagrid-loving end scene in CoS). And the CGI looked cool, not goofy and out of place (think troll scene in PS/SS). The dementors are the coolest, they’re absolutely terrifying. That Quidditch scene in the rain, storm and thunder, where the dementors come flying after Harry, while he hears the voices of his parents before Voldemort killed them, it’s fantastic. Not a word was uttered during it, no persons moved during it. Everybody was in absolute awe of what was appearing on the screen, completely transfixed by it. This ranks up there on my top 10 all-time movie moments. The introduction of the dementors is amazing as well.

The movie is great, not fantastic. I would give it 5 out of 6 stars. Cuarón really has made this franchise worth its great name. There was a lot of uproar in the HP community about the teens wearing muggle cloths outside of school, but when you’re watching this movie you barely notice, and it just feels normal. Cuarón's cinematography is amazing; the always-moving camera gives the movie a feel of action and tension, unlike the standstill close-ups of Columbus. Finally a movie that lives up to the book.


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