Monday, August 02, 2004

Movie Review: Harry Potter 3

ToxicPurity and I recently saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I am a big fan of the first two films, despite hating the books, and I had high-hopes for the latest release.  Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed.

While Harry Potter 3 has all the eye candy of the first two flicks - in fact it has more - it is let down in the plot department.  Major plot threads are unresolved and important questions remain unanswered.  The biggest problem is the amount of time the plot takes to resolve.  As with the first two films, the third one takes place over the school year.  Except it just doesn't feel like a year - despite the obvious seasonal changes that occur.  It feels like a week.  To make matters worse the pacing is slow as well.  There are seemingly endless scenes of the three protagonists attending one wizardly class after another.  These scenes, while character building, don't work in such a thinly conceived plot.

On the upside the characters are fun and there are elements that are entertaining but for me this is easily the weakest of the three films.

Rating: 6 out of 10 dementors

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