Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
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The Director Alfonso Cuaron, who also Directed Children Of Men, should have stayed with the wrest of the Harry Potter Films. This is the only one of the series that feels so Breathtakingly easy to watch. Unlike the other films in the series, this one is just about life, of the character, the relationship and their struggles. Really captured that Atmosphere of the book perfectly. They tried to do the same for Half Blood Prince but failed Miserably.
I generally like this movie: Professor Lupin is really likeable, the movie is a little darker than the ones before, I like the atmosphere and the story itself.
My only problem with this film is this: The last part of the third book (from the moment when Ron is bitten by his rat up to the very end) was for me one of the most gripping and exciting parts within all the Harry Potter movies. It was okay in the film, but not nearly as scary as in the book - plus, Peter Pettigrew was absolutely ridiculous.
Sirius Black also differed from my imagination - but by now I think he's cool.
All in all I like the movie but Pettigrew was a disaster.
After seeing all the films in the Harry Potter-saga, this one remains my absolute favourite. This film is the only one in the saga that stays very close to the original material. It really feels grown up compared to the first two films and added an air of 'grimness' the following films developed further on.
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This movie ranks #24 in 50 Greatest Sequels
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This movie ranks #58 in All-Time Worldwide Box office
This movie ranks #173 in All Time Box Office
This movie ranks #466 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #471 in Empire 500