This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the
HARRY POTTER AND THEPRISONER OF AZKABAN(2004): It is arare thing in thisday and age tohave children (andadults) lining upfor a book. Thanksto the talents of J.K. Rowling andher beloved Harry Potter series, childrenof all ages have focused theirenergy on reading books and attendingthe subsequent films as activeviewers, criticizing and questioningthe choices of the directors andactors. The third in the series, ,certainly gives Potter-followers plentyto talk about. Under the directionof Alfonso Cuarón, the series takeson a very dark undertone. Little detailsof decay, which were not includedin the previous installations, areadded, tarnishing the magical andthrilling world that director ChristopherColumbus gave us in the firsttwo films. The location of certain setsis also altered, disrupting the familiarityviewers had come to expect.These sacrifices of consistency, however,are worth the new, more maturevision we are given; as the charactersare growing up, so is their worldview, so be aware that very youngchildren may not appreciate thesomber and scary tones. Overall Ienjoyed this film, though my heartwill always ache for the innocentworld of .
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