SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his third year at Hogwarts, authorities are looking for a convict who could be hiding somewhere near the school. The third entry in the series introduces a visually creative director, and it shows. There’s a certain edge but it’s all getting a bit repetitious by now and there’s not much tension. Emma Watson should grab everyone’s attention this time round; her Hermione has turned into more of a leading character than Harry himself. Unfortunately, Gary Oldman’s entrance as the prisoner of Azkaban becomes somewhat of an anticlimax.
2004-U.S. 142 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Novel: J.K. Rowling. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths… Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Christie, Julie Walters, Timothy Spall.
Trivia: Gambon replaced the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore; Ian McKellen was allegedly considered for the part. Followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).