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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Something wicked this way comes. 2004/5/31 141 min.
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Synopsis

With the release of the first three movies in the Harry Potter series, there has been a growing demand for a movie that can match the popularity of the series. The Prisoner of Azkaban release was met with overwhelming fanfare, making this movie a must see. It offers a unique take on the series as well as a stunning look at Harry's past and his eventual fate in his new life as a teenager. We here are three great reasons to see this movie.

Alexei Pesarman directed the movie from a screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. Pesarman has developed interesting ideas of his own that make the story come alive, allowing audiences to connect with the characters in a way they have not before. In addition to this, he has included both the series' and his own Harry Potter voice talent, bringing a level of professionalism to the production that cannot be matched by any other director.

Three popular films, which have all worked together, has made Azkaban one of the most well-known films of all time. A film that mixes great character development with excellent acting, Azkaban delivers the entire story with style. Both the main characters and supporting characters are well developed and deliver powerful performances. The main characters however are an exception rather than the rule, with Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape being given fairly short shrift compared to their predecessors.

While the characters of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville are familiar from other Potter films, this one includes two new characters who play vital roles in the story, Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy. While none of them are entirely original, they do add an important part to the overall theme. Overall, all of the characters are given excellent treatment and make for a very good viewing experience.

The overall theme of the movie is one that is bound to become popular with fans of the series. This is because while Voldemort returns, he is only for one night, and Harry and his friends face an enemy that is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And even though the plot is not nearly as complex as that of the previous films, the overall theme is kept intact. This brings a huge fan base to the movies, all of whom eagerly await the next installment in the series.

Being available in two versions (regular and widescreen) means that this film will fit into any type of home and on any type of TV, making it easy to enjoy for any budget. Besides this, the widescreen format allows the viewer to see the movie in the true full-screen resolution that comes with most DVD's. When compared to the regular version, this movie looks and sounds sharper, more detailed, and adds the feeling of the theater to the viewing experience.

Considering the advance of technology in the last couple of years, it is only appropriate that the movie is presented in the most sophisticated and highly detailed form of digital presentation. All of the action and scenes are presented in stunning detail, giving the best picture quality available. As such many of the extras that are available in the regular version of the movie are not present in the widescreen format.

Alexei Pesarman's screenplay for the movies is filled with witty banter, clever twists and turns, and a multitude of characters that are interesting to watch on screen. The film is rich in humor and fast paced, adding to the atmosphere of excitement that fans of the series are sure to enjoy.

Original title Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
TMDb Rating 8 13311 votes

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