Wednesday, 21 October 2009

(500) Films of Empire - Day 33

471 - Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban - 3 stars
The only chapter in the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise, and justifiably so.
Benefitting from a streamlining of the plot and story, and wonderful skilled direction from Alfonso Cuaron - it's as close as we were ever going to get to Del Toro doing Potter.
This was the first of the films to be "darker than the one before", with the terrifying Dementors, werewolves and Gary Oldman!
The three child actors finally start to get comfortable in their roles, with Emma Watson proving to be the one who will most likely break free from the franchise.  They have wonderful support from the best of British, including Emma Thompson, David Thewlis and Alan Rickman.  He is superb as the villainous Snape.  I could listen to him speak all day, as he can make "three hundred and ninety four" sound like Shakespeare.
But can anyone explain why Michael Gambon is playing Dumbledore as Scottish in this film?


  1. So what's your running total?

  2. Have a couple of blogs still to post but I'm up to 61 now. Have a trip to Brighton at the weekend to see a 30th anniversary screening of Alien. Can't wait!