My younger brother (aged 13, code name ‘Russell’) was kind enough to send me a review of the latest harry potter film which I thought I’d post here this morning instead of writing something up myself – I’m too tired after all the excitement last night!
A new year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry, Ron and Hermione brings more magic with the dark Azkaban guards and more magic to our cinemas as the new director – Alfonso Cuaron – creates a masterpiece that will surely rival others in the Oscars. OK maybe the new Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) isn’t as good as the late Richard Harris, but we can’t complain for the odd mishap as most of it was pretty good. Professor Trelawney (Emma Thompson) and Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) have made good appearances as new teaches. The ever outstanding performances of Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) have added to the flavour of a great movie. The role by minor characters (Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom and The Fat Lady (Dawn French)) was played with what seemed enthusiasm. And now the main three characters: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grin) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Harry is growing up and becomes angrier, as is shown with Aunt Marge and after hearing what Cornelius Fudge and Prof. McGonagall have to say on Sirius Black. Ron and Hermione are growing older as well with having arguments about pets, storming out of lessons and throwing punches at certain people. A certain map also finds it way into the story, and I’ll now have to say
Having seen it yesterday I’m not sure if I’d call it a masterpiece or Oscar worthy but it was definitely an improvement on previous installments with the Disney style sets being dropped but unfortunately none of it was filmed in Durham. Its always a shame when so much of the story is dropped to make it fit into a 2 hour film but this time I think they did a pretty good job.