Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Freaking Give Me Some Answers Already!
Here’s the deal Sirus Black, played brilliantly by Gary Oldman, has escaped prison. As the right hand man of Voldemort, now as you may recall Voldemort is the super evil baddie that wants Potter dead, Sirus Black is out for blood. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban delivers more of what Potter fans have come to love, but this time with new director Alfonso Cuaron.
Much like the previous installment, while entertaining, one is left feeling that this film is too transitional and holds too much back from a thirsty and eager audience. In the end you are left wanting more, perhaps too much more. Too many questions are left unanswered and some may find this a bit taxing.
Gary Oldman’s Sirus Black, pardon the pun, adds a darkness that was missing from the other films, as even the mere mention of Black puts everyone on edge where they stay through most of the film. In a sense, this does add in distinguishing the film from its predecessors and casts the film nearly in the direction of psychological horror and suspense.
Overall, the magic, if you can pardon the pun, that has made Potter so successful continues to shine. The direction is a departure from Chris Columbus and Cuaron’s style helps add to the films darker tones. Impressive special and visual effects, an engaging story that will keep most fans looking for more and acting performances from the young cast, that are showing some signs of improvement all contribute to make this Potter installment a good time. As someone who hasn’t read the books, I keep wondering if we will ever have some of these secrets revealed.
Story A- (The story is a bit darker, but also a bit more fun.)
Acting B+ (Gary Oldman really brings up the grade.)
Enjoyability Grade B+ (I need some real answers soon people.)
Home Theater/HD Factor B
Overall Grade A