June 15, 2004

Potter mania

Went & saw the Prisoner of Azkaban today. It was a great movie, Alfonso Cuaron is a superb director. Finally we get to the real stuff, the first 2 books are fillers anyway. The movie is the best I've seen after Return of the King, and my only complaint was that it was rushed a little. An additional 20 minutes would have done it good. I've read the books, so I had no problem following it, but for those who are not familiar with the story, it could turn out to be slightly confusing.

The atmosphere of the movie is just great. There are little touches here and there which stand out, and even Chris Columbus would have not done a better job for this movie. He was great in the first 2, but this one needed Cuaron. And the acting is definitely better this time. The kids have grown up, and are getting better. Also, the new cast members are great, even though most don't have much screen time. Gary Oldman is really good as Sirius Black.

I give it 4.5/5, and would have given it 5/5 if it had been a little longer. I heard that they are thinking of splitting the next movie into 2 parts, Kill Bill fashion. That's good, 'coz the fourth book is much bigger than the third.

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