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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanwhat did you think?


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#1 coffee

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 12:22 AM

I just returned home from the 11:57 showing of it. I would be interested in hearing others reviews if you have seen it. I'll post mine later, as right now, I should be getting some sleep, or else I will be exahausted at ballet tomorrow morning! :yawn: I will say one thing though. It was...different. The changes in production staff (I can't remember exactly which position was different) was quite aparent. Good/Bad...I don't know. I still have to think about it.

#2 Helene

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 01:44 PM

Besides being the most uniformly dark of the five Harry Potter books to date, the film of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who also directed Y Su Mama Tambien and Great Expectations, while the first two were directed by Chris Columbus, who directed Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. It's not surprising that the tone and production design are markedly different. Harry's ascent/descent into adolescence was written deliberately into the fifth book, but from the reviews I've read so far, it's one of the main themes of this movie. (Can't stop the actors' physical growth.)

BTW, the fourth film is being filmed now for release in 2005, and the announced reason for changing directors to Mike Newell, who directed Four Weddings and a Funeral and Mona Lisa Smile, was that pre-production for this movie conflicted with Cuaron's directing duties for Prisoner of Azkaban. The fifth movie is tentatively scheduled for 2007 according to imdb.com, but I haven't read who the director will be.

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 01:51 PM

I think I remember reading something about the 'trio' of the actors that play Harry, Ron, and Hermione being changed in either the 4th or 5th movie. With so much time in between each movie, I can see why that would be necessary. Do you know anything about that? Who will be replacing them?

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 02:15 PM

According to the page for the fourth movie on imdb.com, the cast that's listed as of today is:

Cast (in credits order)
Daniel Radcliffe .... Harry Potter
Emma Watson .... Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint .... Ron Weasley
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Robbie Coltrane .... Rubeus Hagrid
Frances de la Tour .... Madame Maxime
Michael Gambon .... Albus Dumbledore
Brendan Gleeson .... Mad-Eye Moody
Jason Isaacs .... Lucius Malfoy
Alan Rickman .... Professor Serveus Snape
Maggie Smith .... Professor Minerva McGonagall

They always have the caveat that any movie still in production could change, but it's filming now, and it's likely to have leaked if anyone had been replaced.

The only person who's listed on the site for the fifth movie is Jason Issacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy. But it hasn't begun production yet.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 09:22 PM

I've also heard that the three lead actors may be replaced in the later movies simply because of their ages, but don't understand the reasoning here. There are countless examples of older actors playing younger characters in film. Actors in their twenties routinely play teens, so what's the problem with keeping the Harry Potter "trio" as is?

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 05:40 AM

Originally the studio had planned to replace the kids as soon as they outgrew their roles or if puberty wasn't kind to their looks, but now they realize that all three have made a connection with the audience and are eager to keep them for all the movies.

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 05:45 PM

Oh good! I love thoes three! And in Hermione's case, theres no problem with puberty changing her looks. She is getting to be very pretty. :)

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 07:24 PM

And Daniel Radcliffe is starting to look like a teenage Roger Rees. Not half bad! And he's developing the acting chops, too!

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:56 AM

ooohhh! i just saw it last night!.. i love all harry potter movies, so 'm biased and will say i love it anyway!... but really, have a friend who absolutely disliked the first two, calling and it childish and for children, but liked this one... she said it had more substance and not so much of a kiddy thing!... and yes, hermoine is looking better and better with each movie.. i saw a picture of them at the premier and she looked so growned up! ... now, over to the movie... yes, it is darker than the others... and you get a few surprises , like the landscape on which hagrid's house is situated... i understand that alfonso cuoron wants the audience to be more familiar and able to explore the landscape around hogworts... the landscape was just breathtaking... and a few unexpected twists for ppl who have not read the book ( like my friend, who spent part of the movie with her mouth half open!) .. scotland was agood place to shoot this film and well worth the wait! ... and i also hope they don't change the actors!

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 04:18 AM

I just saw the movie last night, and I absolutely loved. I didn't find it that daark though, but that's probably because i read the book so many times, and i knew what to expect. I really hope hey don't change the cast, i think they're the perfect Harry, Hermione and Ron! Btw, did anyone else notice the chemistry between Ron and Hermione?? I bet they'll end up together by the end of book 7.

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 05:27 PM

Its possibility, but its kind of blatant. I'll bet that its Harry and Hermione that end up together in the end.

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:04 PM

In an interview, Daniel Radcliffe said that he thinks that Ron and Hermione will end up together, and that his character will die.

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 09:21 PM

ALL actors wanna have a big death scene! But Emma Watson just gets prettier and prettier, and stronger and stronger as an actress, and Rupert Grint, unquestionably my favorite, goes from strength to strength. Tom Felton acquires subtlety, and chinks in his character's armor to a better nature are suggested. (Playing stinkers is SO much more fun than playing sympathetics! :innocent: )

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 05:50 PM

I saw this movie over the weekend. Not having seen either of the first two nor having head any of the books, I wasn't sure what to expect, although it is probably not possible to have lived in the English speaking world for the past decade and not know quite a bit about Harry Potter and friends. Cultural osmosis is unavoidable.

Very well plotted--the story actually made sense, which is generally not the case for big movies released in the USA during the summer. The special effects served the story--things didn't blow up just because they could be blown up on film--and the production design was terrific. Even the score by John Williams, whose biggest fan I am not, helped knit the entire movie together.

I missed a lot of course--including some of the smaller roles played by very skilled and experienced actors.

Among those are: Aunt Petunia, played by Fiona Shaw, Lily Potter, played by Geraldine Sommerville, Mrs. Molly Weasley, played by Julie Walters, Cornelius Fudge played by Robert Hardy. I will see it again, but if someone could point out approximately when these chacters show up, what they do or what they look like (whichever is more distinctive) I would appreciate it.

Some nice cameos--Dawn French as the Fat Lady in Painting; and funny bit parts--Lenny Henry as the Shrunken Head.

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Posted 15 June 2004 - 09:34 AM

To the best of my memory:

Fudge is best seen in a short scene after the Knight Bus deposits Harry at the Leaky Cauldron. To Harry's great surprise, Fudge welcomes him; Harry expects to get booted from Hogwarts for having performed magic outside the school.

Mrs. Weasley also appears briefly at the Leaky Cauldron, as the family swoops into breakfast.

Lily Potter is, I think, only seen once or twice waving in a photograph.

Aunt Petunia shows up in the opening scenes with Aunt Marge.


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