Another enthusiastic AZKABAN review plus the awesome French trailer with new footage!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another gushing review of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. I am dying to see this flick! Every single piece that has leaked out from the early screenings has been passionately positive, not to mention the perfect feel from both of the US trailers... Well, it's got me giddy. Speaking of trailers, I have a couple links for you folks. Over at Apple's Japanese site they have the Japanese trailer for PRISONER OF AZKABAN and it has little bits of footage not in any of the US trailers so far. Nothing big, but a few new bits.
The real super cool trailer is the French trailer. This has a bunch of new stuff, including more Dementor action, more Hippogriff and we get to hear Sirius Black speak! There's even some new Lupin stuff... Oh, and no giggling about Hermione's boobs! I saw SNL, too... OK, you can giggle a little bit. Pervs. This trailer isn't pretty Quicktime, but streaming's better than nothing! Give it a look!
Click here to head on over to the fantastic everything Harry Potter site, The Leaky Cauldron and view the trailer!!!
Here's the review from a lucky so-and-so that got to take a peak at this flick early... If you haven't read the books, I'd advise not going any further. You'll be sorry if you do! For those Potter freaks like me, have at it!
Hey Harry, I've been so lucky to see the new Harry Potter movie, and thought you would like a review, since it's one of the bigger summer flicks this year. Here follows, gonna attach it as a word doc as well:
Hey Harry, Mori and co. I’ve been so fortunate to see the new Harry Potter movie. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban here last week. And I can tell you this movie is great. Getting rid of Columbus was the best idea someone had in years. “Spending more time with my family” my ass, someone high up at WB or maybe Heyman, realized what shit flicks the two first were and fired his ass. Now to the review, spoilers will appear.
A quick recap of the story for those who haven’t read the book. Harry returns to his 3rd year at Hogwarts. Beforehand he finds out from Ron’s dad that Voldemort’s 2nd in charge Sirius Black has escaped from the wizard prison of Azkaban placed somewhere in the north sea. And no he’s back to get revenge for the overthrowing of his idol and leader. Later we find out that Sirius Black was Harry’s dads best friend at school, and that he was the one who told of there whereabouts to Voldemort. Now it’s Harry who wants revenge. The bad guy is captured (not who we think it is, how could it be? This is Harry Potter), but when they get outside the full moon screws everything up. Because the new DADA teacher is a werewolf. And Harry and co. are almost killed by the fear creatures that are the dementors.
Well as half the people on the planet I’ve read these books, and I love them to death. Actually I’ve read each of them (except the new one) 5 times. This movie has the right feel of Harry Potter. It got that magical touch that the others lacked. Also this one has no scenes that made you want to vomit (think Hagrid-loving end scene in CoS). And the CGI looked cool, not goofy and out of place (think troll scene in PS/SS). The dementors are the coolest, they’re absolutely terrifying. That Quidditch scene in the rain, storm and thunder, where the dementors come flying after Harry, while he hears the voices of his parents before Voldemort killed them, it’s fantastic. Not a word was uttered during it, no persons moved during it. Everybody was in absolute awe of what was appearing on the screen, completely transfixed by it. This ranks up there on my top 10 all-time movie moments. The introduction of the dementors is amazing as well. When they enter the train in the middle of nowhere, and everything starts freezing, this scene has tension you can’t believe. Luckily our new favourite guy is around to save the day. That’s right the new Defense against the dark arts teacher is for once not a baddie (or just a sucky teacher as was the case with Lockhart). You’ll love the movie-Lupin as much as everyone loves book-Lupin.
The wizard city of Hogsmeade is not like described in the books, but wonderful to look at in the snowy landscape. The candy shop is every sweet-tooth’s wetdream.
Cuaron is so right for this franchise, god I hope he’ll be back for Order of the Phoenix. He gets all the magical and emotional moments just right, it’s never cheesy as in the first two. But I don’t think anyone who has a little princess would doubt that he did this wrong. He even gets a decent performance out of Dan Radcliffe, he isn’t the wooden guy just standing there saying his lines in this one. He is Harry Potter. Rupert Grint gets do more acting in this one, besides just making stupid faces. And Emma Watson (to reawaken an old AICN catchphrase) is the sexiest tomboy beanpole on the planet. And if you’re against people drooling over teenage girls, you can say she will be the future sexiest tomboy beanpole on the planet. Here’s to hoping I’ll be around her when she turns 18. Well she proves she’s the one of the 3 with the biggest acting potential.
Once again the adult acting is superb. Michael Gambon gets Dumbledore right, unlike the old drunk guy who didn’t bother reading the books. Alan Rickman owns everyone as Snape. He’s character is so complex and full of hatred in this one, it’s magnificent. Only downside of the adult actors was Emma Thompson who was a bit to over-the-top for my liking. But she’ll be a sure hit with the 10-12 year olds. Also the Dursley’s are growing a bit tired, good idea with cutting them from the next one. And also the only CGI effect looking slightly bad is the poofed up Aunt Marge.
Now after expressing an insane geek loving for this movie, I’ll come to the more sad parts. The movie still isn’t perfect. I mean how could it be with Steve Kloves still writing? There are still a lot of lame jokes in this one to appeal to the aforementioned 10-12 year olds. He almost, luckily only almost, butchered the shrieking shack scene, my one favourite scene from the entire series. He left out some background information, and the scene didn’t flow as well as in the books. Thank god the acting by David Thewlis, Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman saves the scene. And I’m happy I had read the book, because otherwise I think the time travel scene at the end would have been very hard to follow. Though one of the strongest scenes in the movie is when Harry realizes it was him and not his father who saved them from the dementors. The look on his face as he jumps up and screams the “expecto patronum” to get his anti-dementor thing to handle the situation is powerful. And it’s topped off by the look on Harry’s face when he finds out what shape it has taken.
The movie is great, not fantastic. I would give it 5 out of 6 stars. Cuaron really has made this franchise worth its great name. There was a lot of uproar in the HP community about the teens wearing muggle cloths outside of school, but when you’re watching this movie you barely notice, and it just feels normal. Cuarons cinematography is amazing; the always moving camera gives the movie a feel of action and tension, unlike the standstill close-ups of Columbus. Finally a movie that lives up to the book.
If you use this please call me Pim De Kaysergracht.
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May 3, 2004, 5:49 a.m. CST
I mean, what type of street rock are those dudes smoking under that water tower? Nothing in Newell's career thus far warranted the vision that an HP movie requires.
May 3, 2004, 6:45 a.m. CST
HPANA(http://www.hpana.com/news.18041.html)has a new trailer, the french one with lots of new scenes,the quality is pretty bad, but the trailer is brilliant!
May 3, 2004, 7:08 a.m. CST
This movie is going to be fucking sweet.
May 3, 2004, 8:17 a.m. CST
He made Donnie Brasco and Dance with a Stranger - these are dark films. And frankly, the less a director knows about CGI the better. He is an unusual choice, but maybe a director like Newell will focus on good character and plot development, sharp scripting, great performances and just let the techheads worry about realising Quidditch and trolls...
May 3, 2004, 8:50 a.m. CST
I wouldn't call "Donnie Brasco" a dark film. It's dramatic, the tone and atmosphere are serious in nature, but it's not necessarily dark. None of Newell's work is shot with half of the visual flair that Cuaron brings to the table (even pedestrian stuff of his like "Y Tu Mama" is more visually appealing than Newell's most fantastical work -- which to date is limited to an episode of Indy Jr.). It's not like I'm rooting against him, I'm just worried. He is unproven with this sort of work. Also, "letting the techheads" handle the CG work is not a solution. They aren't directing the movie. They're filling in ink after it's alrready been framed.
May 3, 2004, 8:57 a.m. CST
Chamber of Secrets performed poorly, and let's face it, Joe Public and his legion of ankle gnawing hell spawn don't give a shit if the director is great. In fact, the public out cry is probably going to be against Cuaron; for changing the tone of the films their kids adored. It's really freaking me out how fanboy opinion seems to be directing the course of a lot of films now days. Thank god George Lucas doesn't pander to us as well or Chris Cunningham would be directing the next star wars movie with Walken as Vader... (something I think would rock...) I blame Harry for the production of Van Helsing... vampires... werewolves... blockbuster... it all fits.
May 3, 2004, 9:01 a.m. CST
chamber of secrets made $261,970,615, man what a flop. :|
May 3, 2004, 9:13 a.m. CST
by Indiana Clones
You mean stops attention defecit morons from tuning out and thinking about tits instead of watching the boring still film, yo.
May 3, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST
by Indiana Clones
That needed saying again.
May 3, 2004, 9:53 a.m. CST
The man did one of the greatest Cold War paranoid fantasies ever, AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK (which is just about as far away from RED DAWN as you can possibly get while still keeping the same subtext). The man deserves your fucking respect.
May 3, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST
by Chet Hudson
You mean Harry Potter is FOR KIDS? No shit? Instead of re-reading these things for a sixth time, why don't you go the library and check out something a little more mature, like the Hardy Boys?
May 3, 2004, 1:32 p.m. CST
now that the books take an ugly turn, or rather a turn for the dark side of the force of magic or wizardry, it's good that they have a bona fide filmmaker to capture the mood. and you pedaphiles can just climb back down the spider hole you came from and stay down there.
May 3, 2004, 5:41 p.m. CST
May 3, 2004, 7:57 p.m. CST
How long was that in theaters, like 30 minutes? And good job with the reiew, buddy. Although I think you missed spoiling a few other plot points. Thank you you never wrote a review of The Sixth Sense or Unbreakable. Or Empire Strikes Back, for that matter. "So Han gets frozen and carbonite and then Vader tells Luke he's his father. Wow."
May 3, 2004, 10:21 p.m. CST
I can't wait for this movie! I had refused to read the books because of "Potter Mania" but I was a librarian in a small town where a LOT of kids were home schooled by their religious parents. They nagged me for my opinion until I had to read the first one just to be informed (God forbid that the actual parent would do that research for their child!) and I've been hooked since. This is my fave book of the series and I think this guy's got it right. The french trailer gave me goosebumps! YAAAYYYY!!! Sorry, I had a bit of a geek attack.
May 3, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST
This is one of the most sincere reviews ever, and I certainly hope it turns out to be such a great film, as presented. I had a few doubts about David Thewlis, but I'll give him some credit from now on. The only thing that bothered me was that you made no comments concerning Gary Oldman's Black...perhaps not what you expected or not remarkable at all?mmmm...we'll see...
May 3, 2004, 10:36 p.m. CST
She's not a child. She's a teenager, well past having hit puberty, and in the old days she'd be considered an old maid if she hadn't been married and squeezed out some puppies by now. In Canada, the legal age of consent is 14 if I'm not mistaken. Finally, I dare you to find a non-Biblethumping 14-year-old girl who hasn't already lost her virginity to a guy over 17. Just because you're a prude who doesn't think teenagers should have sex doesn't mean that you're right. Nature dictates when we're ready, and most women are ready when they're about 13 years old. That's a fact. She IS quite attractive, and I can only wish that she likes girls, too! You boys don't own the market on admiring youthful beauty, you know.
May 3, 2004, 11:02 p.m. CST
What a whiney ass of a critic
May 3, 2004, 11:56 p.m. CST
Maybe it's just me, but that seems awfully disrespectful. If you're not a fan of his performance, you can say so without tapdancing on his grave.
May 4, 2004, 1:03 a.m. CST
Referring to Richard Harris (Sir Richard Harris if you happen to be from Denmark) as "the old drunk guy" would be ignorant and insulting if he were still alive. Now that he has passed away it borders on blasphemy. I always felt that he completely embodied the character from the book. He did so to the point that I would picture him as Dumbledore when I read the later volumes. I understand that everyone will have their own opinion of how well he filled the role, but it still seems like a huge insult to a great actor to refer to him in this manner.
May 4, 2004, 2:07 a.m. CST
Saying only religious people don't have sex outside of marriage is insulting to non-religious and religious people alike. Saying that all non-religious teens have sex is stupid, ignorant, wrong and ugly. Guess what? Kids ARE over sexualized today via media and too little at-home parenting, but that does NOT make it okay. Hell, if I travel to Tailand I can pay for teen and pre-teen hookers so by your own Canada justification it must be okay. (FYI read books by Andrew Vaches on this and other similar child slavery topics). Being sexualized at an early age isn't helpful to a satisfactory and balanced sexual adulthood - just ask any atheiest childhood development specialist. The other issue here is that the reviewer wasn't talking about Watson's "sexuality" with another consenting teen but with him, presumable an adult since he needed to wait until she was 18. I know lots of non-Bible thumping teens that are willing to be a little bit mature about sex and sexuality and wait for emotional maturity to come along with physical maturing. THEN you cite old age sexual practices as a justification for current sexual misbehavior. Wow, stupid again. In days gone by, men used women as they saw fit, even sexually, even at ages far too young to be "consenting." Today we call that repression, abuse and usage of the young or the female. Many in society are trying to change belief systems such as those. Just because you long for lesbian abuse doesn't make it ANY more "okay" than other kinds. Good day.
May 4, 2004, 4:22 a.m. CST
by The Dude Abides
This is what they say about you guys on the Harry Potter website. Now I ask you, can we not have serious disuscions that everyone can read without all the NC-17 language? Go ahead, bring out the trolls, you know the ones, the guys that can't leave their parent's basements for fear of ridicule. Oh wait, those are the same people that criticize movies before the pre-production phase ends. Ha! Of course, you can't have an artist without a critic.
May 4, 2004, 7:19 a.m. CST
What has Cuaron done but allow a bunch of teenage actors to film in their own clothing? Evidently dressing like your character is too much trouble?
May 4, 2004, 11 a.m. CST
DO NOT diss Richard Harris!
May 4, 2004, 11 a.m. CST
DO NOT diss Richard Harris!
May 5, 2004, 12:54 a.m. CST
[Charlie Brown style] Wah wah wah. wah wah wah wah wah! Wah wah WAH WAH WAH! Wah wah wah! --- Puh-Lease, spare me your sanctimonious blather. I'm not exactly a spring chicken, and it was the same way for us in my generation, and the generation before mine. This puritan "save the children from sex" mentality was spawned by Christians in the 1940's and 1950's. Prior to that, women had a pretty good run in the 1920's and 1930's in America, and were able to choose a lover when they wanted to. How dare you compare a young woman of 14 choosing to exercise her sexuality to abuse? So it's wrong for a woman to be sexually free when she feels she is ready? I'm sorry, but I lost mine when I was 14, and most of the girls in my class were on the same schedule. Let me guess- You're a daddy or a puritan mommy, and you simply can not bear the idea of your lovely little princess getting boned by a cute 20-year-old college guy when she's 15 years old, even if it is her choice. All this "physical maturity" and "emotional maturity" stuff is horse-hockey. A woman knows when she's ready, and most guys are pretty sure when they are prepared to handle sex. The social aspects of it are all manufactured taboos, and have NOTHING AT ALL to do with the real built-in psychology behind human sexuality. If your morals dictate that people not have sex until they hit some magically-numbered age, so be it, but my original point stands: Pedophelia, as defined by any dictionary or law of the land, is sexual interest and contact with pre-pubescent children, and NOT sexually mature teens. Pedophelia IS deviant. Being attracted to a beautiful human being who has entered their physical adulthood is not, and it is in fact only natural. The perverts are the people who want to suppress it. Don't you DARE tell me I wasn't sexually mature when I was 14, either. I had breasts, I had a period, and I had orgasms. I was there, pal. We learn by doing, and if you think a person is just going to be magically "ready" when they hit 18, you're kidding yourself. We're the only country with a ridiculously-high age of consent in so many states. You aren't stopping them. Teens are having sex, and it's not because of the media today. It's been happening throughout history, because it's human nature. If you can't deal with it, that is your problem. Don't put your hang-ups off on me. Honestly, I think your problem is that I'm into women. It must have hit a nerve or something.
May 5, 2004, 12:59 a.m. CST
I get it. Regularly. And it's VERY satisfying. Even better than the men I sleep with. When's the last time you had a good schtupping? I suspect it's been a while.
May 5, 2004, 2:04 a.m. CST
..Just so you fucking assholes will leave her alone. She's The PERFECT Hermione this much is true, but the oxygen thieving virgin porn trolls on this site and many others can't seem to get past the fact that she's uh...female. High Profile Underaged Female playing a Beloved Fantasy Character to be exact. The only saving grace she has is that the failed abortions who drool over her imagined clit are probably so frightened by actual females in thier presence that they couldn't possibly act upon thier Emma Watson rape fantasies. It would serve all of the repugnant pedophile wannabes if she just decided to quit acting all together and become a teacher.
May 5, 2004, 7:19 a.m. CST
What the hell is wrong with you people???? Emma watson????? She's a child for christ sake. I think every theater in your area should be told to watch out for you sick basterds. Oh and for the record, last years Peter Pan was the biggest pile of horse shit i've ever had the misfortune to sleep through.
May 5, 2004, 9:36 a.m. CST
Ok folks, I'm not too far off of my youthful days, but puberty has made its mark on me as well (Notice the pelt of chest hair) but I seriously doubt anyone at the age of fourteen is ready for sex...In America. I'm not a puritan, not even christian, jewish or any other "Normal" religon, i'm pagan. A belief sturcture that is all about expressing your mind and body to it's full extent, but fourteen is too young in America. If a girl that young gets pregnant, she could die, especially with how skinny most females try to be these days. If she gets Ghonnera, the Syph, herpes or even AIDS, her sex life is over. Well, over if she is responsible enough to not risk spreading to anyone else, and would a person of fourteen put aside sex for the rest of their life? And I don't care what protection you use, I'm not risking it no matter how many condoms I put on. I know it's going to happen, but maturity is reached when you realize what you want and what you need are different things. No one at fourteen needs to get laid. I'm 21 and in Afghanistan and I don't need to get laid (though it would be nice) because I have a duty to myself and the others out here. Never has it been hard to get some action in the states, But I specificly waited until I was seventeen because by then I knew I could handle the responsibility which came with it. Anyway, this new Harry potter movie will be great. Azkaban was one of the better books, and the first two have been done really well. I hope that the new director and Dumbledore will live up to the tasks at hand and turn this into something that is lighted and created in the model of the books paramiters
May 5, 2004, 9:39 a.m. CST
And bring back Cuaron for 5!
May 5, 2004, 1:15 p.m. CST
I know the guy who wrote this. He's a 15 year old kid from Holland like me. And he just wrote this for the fun and giggles of seeing people believing it. So he's not a plant, just a big fat liar. Oh and you who wrote something about Denmark. You got the Team Easy-On reference? He has seen the show with english subtitles, and shown 'em to me. Some online friend of his did this for him.
May 5, 2004, 6:30 p.m. CST
I meant "lesbian abuse" as the abuse of somebody under the legal and moral sexual age. Lesbianism between consenting adults is fine by me. Holly clearly DIDN'T read my post, as she said. Let me summarize: Adults having sex with kids or teens is wrong and against the law and is harmful to kids; this is agreed upon by many religious and non-religious people.
May 6, 2004, 12:15 a.m. CST
I can only assume you are trolling, but in case you are serious I suggest you stop relying on your friends at NAMBLA for information about the history of teenage sexuality in our pre-1940s society and the ratio of virgin to nonvirgin 14 year old girls in the present day, you obviously havent the faintest grasp of what you speak of, which is why you dont proffer any statistics to backup your stupid claims, and must have been living under a large rock indeed to think that premarital virginity was regarded as LESS desirable in the pre-birth control, pro-Christian years before the 1940s. And that little detail 'birth control' is one very good reason that its NOT considered okay to sexualize young teenagers even today, sex involves the risk of becoming a PARENT which is something very few 14 year olds are equipped to be from both legal and emotional standpoints. That 14 year old age of consent in Canada is a very old very OUTDATED law and I would be amazed if it didnt change in the next few decades. Kindly exercise some self control and keep your unappetizing chickenhawk fantasies regarding girls young enough to be your daughter OFF the talkback in the future.
May 8, 2004, 3:49 a.m. CST
How could anybody possibly trust Pim...
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