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June 9th, 2004

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06:20 pm - My yahoo review of POA

I don't know about you guys but I was sorely disappointed with the way the book was transfered into script form. Here's my rant on Yahoo.

Review by Padfootuptonogood

Title: How Alfonso Cuaron broke my heart...

When my friends and I set out for our local I Max theatre we all head high hopes for the latest movie. Unfortunately, though the acting is subperb (Except for Dumbledore, whom I was sorely disappointed in, and Gary Oldman's Sirius Black falls flat.), the visuals amazing (though used in several wrong places), the direction acceptable, and the sex scenes mind blowing (Just joking!!!!) this movie had butchered my favorite book in the Harry Potter franchise.

From the beginning scene where Harry is in bed practicing magic (Everyone chorus along now: WTF?) Cuaron's amazing ability behind the camera comes into play. As the movie progresses on and everyone's most hated aunt is blown up...Hee,hee,hee...Heh. (Spoiler: I love how she floats in the background when Harry runs away) Daniel Radcliff's Potter is more realistic. I found myself relating to him, remembering how 13 was, and marveling at how true to life the characters are.

However, after the Knight Bus picks up Harry and drops him off at the Leaky Cauldron after a fast paced incredibly relatable driving experiance (Beware little old ladies...) my complaints begin.

Harry is brought before Fudge, who yells at him, then gives him his school books so that he may leave for Hogwarts the next day. Then Arthur Weasly tells Harry about Sirius Black and makes him promise "not to go looking for him." Grr...

Then, the dementors and such on the train were creepy. My only complaint about them is that you see under their hoods, something only those about top recieve the Dementor's kiss have seen. The patronuses are what really have ticked me off. Instead of a "silvery wisp" it is a great ball of light that takes form only once in teh movie as a stag for around 10 seconds. At most.

The werewolf in the movies is also messed up. Insted of looking like a wolf, it looks like a very scrawny blusish tinted human with a dog head. Padfoot, or Snuffles, is another diappointment. He's a vicious looking dog with tufts of fur sticking out at odd places.

I'll stop complaining now. I'm restraining myself. *Deep claming breaths* *Tears apart yoga book* I feel better now. LOL ;D

Despite some incredibly annoying, unforgivable, and anger inducing scenes (or lack there of), the movie isn't terrible. However, the problem lies herein. If you haven't read the books, you will barely have a clue as to what is going on. Since the Marauders & other relationships and generally very important information is left out, it is hard to figure out what are the catalysts for most of the character's actions.

The other problem lies in the act that is you have read the books and liked them, soo much is missing (Christmas, leaving Hogwarts, Quidditch matches...) that you will most probably be soo infuriated that you will end up in my predicament: I like the movie overall if I completely disconnect it from my love of the third book. If I compare the too I find myself about to pull hair out in frustraion and thank the gods that Alfonso Cuaron is not directing the next movie, Goblet of Fire, which will probably, if the movies keep coming out as far apart as the books, be released when I have kids and they're are ready to leave for college. And I'm not even thinking about marriage yet.

Summary: Though disappointing in comparision to the book, if you compare Prisioner of Azkaban to the last two movies it is a spectacular movie. Even though, well... read above to see complaints.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Yet again the Hymn of the Navy, still by the Navy Brass Band

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