|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
||[Jun. 1st, 2004|10:24 am]
Saw this yesterday and generally thought it was a massive improvement on the previous two films. Hogwarts looked much better, for example, and they'd finally manage to imbue the film with a feeling of magic through a few Tim Burton-y touches. I suspect that Black/Lupin slashers will not be disappointed (some lovely interaction between these characters), but where was all the Snape I had expected from the reviews? He was hardly in it at all!
I'm glad that they finally had the courage to change details from the book to the screen, enabling an adaptation rather than an awkward re-enaction *but* there were a few things (the origin of the map, for example) that were missed out! Why? There was one perfect moment at the end of the film, where Harry goes to see Lupin. The map is there. It's an excellent opportunity to talk about the animagus link between the friends, and the meaning of the stag that Harry sees, but for some reason it's left out. Argh!
Nevertheless, I was relieved that they're starting to make better HP films... just as the plots of the later books start getting very messy... !