Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • PG
  • Alfonso Cuarón (2004)
  • US / UK
  • 135 min
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The franchise holders took a real risk by handing this third Harry Potter film to a Mexican director who's best known for the smart, sexy but low-budget road movie Y Tu Mamá También and, more telling, the Oscar-nominated A Little Princess. But the decision has paid dividends. Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this instalment, which has boy wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) contending not only with Gary Oldman's escaped convict, but also with the difficulties of becoming a teenager. But there's still plenty of fun to be had, with ghosts, ghouls and gadgets galore, the most striking gizmo being a shape-shifting triple-decker bus that, were it real, would solve London's traffic congestion at a stroke. David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall join the list of cameoing celebrities, while the young leads are all growing into their roles. The film has the odd dull patch, and there are scenes weighed down by too much plot, but, by and large, this adventure is on a par with its predecessors, and, in many respects, is even better. Potter fans will not be disappointed.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. With dangerous criminal Sirius Black on the run from Azkaban, Harry Potter begins his third year at Hogwarts surrounded by heightened security. But is Black the real threat, or is there someone even more deadly trying to get close to Harry?

Cast and crew

Cast

Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley
Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger
Emma Watson
Prof Albus Dumbledore
Michael Gambon
Prof Minerva McGonagall
Maggie Smith
Rubeus Hagrid
Robbie Coltrane
Prof Severus Snape
Alan Rickman
Prof Lupin
David Thewlis
Prof Sybill Trelawney
Emma Thompson
Sirius Black
Gary Oldman
Mrs Molly Weasley
Julie Walters
Mr Arthur Weasley
Mark Williams
James Potter
Adrian Rawlins
Lily Potter
Geraldine Somerville
Uncle Vernon
Richard Griffiths
Aunt Marge
Pam Ferris
Aunt Petunia
Fiona Shaw
Argus Filch
David Bradley (2)
Fat lady in painting
Dawn French
Draco Malfoy
Tom Felton
Madame Rosmerta
Julie Christie
Cornelius Fudge
Robert Hardy
Peter Pettigrew
Timothy Spall
Sir Cadogan
Paul Whitehouse
Shrunken head
Lenny Henry

Crew

Director
Alfonso Cuarón

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 28 May 2004
Certificate PG
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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