Sunday, July 10, 2011
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: My Favorite Film and Book
The third book went into a deeper explanation of the Marauder's Map, the map was created by Remus Lupin (Mooney) Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius Black (Padfoot), and Jame Potter (Prongs). The four of them named this map after their names of their animagus. My one problem with all the films, is that directors and screenwriters never did a good job of explaining the back story of Harry's parents and their friends. In the third film Lupin sees him using the map, and confiscates it from him. There is never any explanation in the film to the viewer that about how the map was created or by whom. This is only one example and this continues to happen throughout the rest of the films. Paying attention to history is important, it helps the film viewer to have a better grasp of why things happen.
With that said, this is still both my favorite book and my favorite film. I love this film because the director Alfonso Cuaron unlike Chris Columbus understands the material so well, and does a good job creating the story of Sirius Black. I know many people are divided on this film because Cuaron took this film in a very different direction. Some will say that it doesn't handle the material well, but there are flaws in all the films with regard to misuse of the material. I think Cuaron knows the subject matter well, and creates a well acted, visually stunning film. There are great moments of levity and darkness, and the film balances them very well.
The one piece of this film that I did not love was the re-cast of Dumbledore. Richard Harris was the perfect Dumbledore; he was stoic but clever and witty, he never raised his voice and felt just the way Dumbledore was imagined by JK Rowling. Harris past away, and the role was taken over by Michael Gambon. Gmabon is a great actor, but was too animated in the first few films, he yelled, and just did not capture the spirit of Dumbledore. Unfortunately I thought he finally got it right in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
As friday comes closer I am getting more and more excited about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I think David Yates (the current director has begun to understand the material well, and will create a great concluding chapter.