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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I just edited this to hide my actual thoughts inside a LJ cut, since someone reminded me that some people out there don't want to hear anything about the film before seeing it.

Quick, 3:40AM impression of the midnight screening of the latest Harry Potter film: brilliant! A very richly textured film, with loving attention to detail, some of the most effective fades to black in recent memory, beautifully rendered creatures, a lot of light comedy, seriously creepy monsters, and winning performances. The kids are better than ever, and Emma Thompson is quite effective in a small role as the professor of divination. The actor replacing Richard Harris as Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, did a good Harris impression, but his screen presence wasn't quite right. The whomping willow was a major character, and the animators handled it nicely; the hippogryph looked quite solid, and in flight, it was graceful. Rickman's Snape was great. I'm even praising the ending credits sequence, the most elaborate I'd ever seen on film.


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