Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 223

movie: Harry Potter 3 the Prisoner of Azkaban
starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
genre: Drama, Adventure,
year: 2004
format: TV EDIT

plot: Harry and his friends find themselves in their 3rd year of school, and hiding from escaped prisoner Sirius Black. Their new Dark Arts professor starts to introduce them to their worst fears in hopes to prepare them all for the fight of their lives

This is the third movie in the series as well as being based on the third book of the same name.

And the series starts to take a darker turn, getting more personal with the plot.
The characters are at that age where everything feels ten times more drastic then it really is, which is shown brilliantly with the metaphors of impending doom.  The feeling that you have need to be everywhere at once, and that time is not what it used to be.
I have to admit, watching them on tv has been a challenge in itself, as I hate waiting, and that's what I have to do (unless I break down and rent the remaining films) 

I found the first two in the series to be a bit on the safe side, but then again they were totally geared for kids.  This one was a bit darker, and kept my interest a bit better.   I have never read the books, but I do like the addition of the shapeshifters and werewolves in this film.  
Gary Oldman's character was just mysterious enough to make you wonder if he was playing it as a nod to his role in Dracula?

This is also the introduction of Timothy Spall who is an actor that doesn't get the kind of recognition that he deserves. I would love to see a major North American film take the actor and make him the lead and not just a supporting character.  In this film, he doesn't have much screen time but he does steal his scenes.

what do i think i learned from this film?
You can't always take things at face value. Not everyone is what they appear nor are all situations what you would expect them to be.  You have to know when to go with your gut instinct and when to think thinks through.  

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