Prisoner of AzkabanDefinitely, the Prisoner of Azkaban is my personal favourite out of the three Harry Potter movies so far. It had more grit and feeling than the other two. I went to the theater with an open mind, determined not to compare the movie and the book because you’re bound to be disappointed anyway.
And I liked it, but not in an OMIGODIT’STHECOOLESTMOVIE ever! Because I’m a little too old for that. Anyway, the LOTR trilogy is one of the coolest movies ever - so there.
They changed directors for PoA and Cuaron did a good job in condensing the book into a 2 hour plus movie. I’m not even bugged that he flipped some of the story chronology around. I mean, there’s only so much you could fit into a movie. Cuaron chose to concentrate on the main storyline and fritter down the rest.
There is a distinctive difference to PoA compared to the other two HP movies. I appreciated the fact that we got to see more of the environment outside of Hogwarts. The rolling hills, the vastness of the lake, the wide, serene emptiness that surrounded Hogwarts were a good contrast to the inner turmoil inside the castle. I also like the touch of going through the inner mechanisms of the Great Clock when Hermione and Harry went back into time. I was told that Cuaron had his own personal touch – the Mexican shrunken heads? And oh yes, loved the Knight bus and its occupants! I swear, we have drivers like that here. And a lot of shrunken heads too.
Casting was great – Sirius, Professor Trewaley, Lupin and even the Fat Lady were what I had imagined from the book. This brings up an important point: I think anyone’s impression of the movie would be greatly influenced from what you had imagined for yourself after reading PoA - which makes every personal review valid, really. Rowlings created the world of Harry Potter, Cuaron interpreted it for the big screen. Did it work for me? A heartfelt yes.
And oh, Padma (Parvati?) is such a cutie! She needs more screentime. *adoration*