Film: Harry Potter I, II and III
Rating: 3/5, 3.5/5, 5/5
Rating: (if i did read the books): 2/5, 2.5/5, 4/5
If youve lived under a rock or in the caves of afghanistan for the past 5 years then this review is ideal for you:
In Harry Potter I(The Philosophers Stone) Daniel Radcliffe plays the part of the boy who lived, Harry Potter.
Harry is an orphaned, malnourished boy who lives with his loathsome Uncle, Aunt and Cousin: The Dursleys. His parents were murdered when he was just a baby, tho he was led to believe (by the Dursleys) that they had perished in a car accident.
Long story short, on his 11th birthday he gets a letter from a foreign school saying that he has been accepted to attend. That school is none other than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry, would u believe it, is a WIZARD!
The rest of the film follows along the series of adventures Harry encounters in his first year of Wizard School ending with an encounter with Harrys parents murderer, He Who Must Not Be Named...
The film (based on the novel), packs an all star ENGLISH cast with Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley (Harrys best mate), Robie Coltrane as the enormous, half-giant Hagrid, the beautifully aging Emma Watson as Hermione (the brains of the Harry/Ron operation) and the now late Richard Harris who plays the all knowing Albus Dumbledore.
Its a brilliant introduction to the Harry Potter series to the Big Screen but as with many films that are based upon successful novels, may leave the die hard potter fan dissapointed.
Harry Potter II (The Chamber of Secrets) is a far more darker film than the first one and takes the viewer deeper into the wizardring world. You also find it sticks much closer to the book than the first film, which helps the viewer immensely in understanding the various relationships Harry has developed.
Once again the plot is based on the adventures Harry encounters at Hogwarts.
overall, a much better understanding between Ms. Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter books) and the director Chris Columbus where many scenes show visible evidence of the influence of Ms. Rowling herself.
Harry Potter III (The Prisoner of Azkaban) is my personal best potter film to date. We learn more about Harry's parents, their friends and HOW THEY TRULY DIED.
Daniel Radcliffe actually hit puberty during the filming of this movie and in interviews with director Chris Columbus, the director speaks of the great timing of the fact that Radcliffes voice is breaking (as Harry is said to be going through puberty in the corresponding book).
The film gets darker still, there are more spells to learn, old rivalries are rekindled and Harry trully evolves as a person in both the book and film.
Judging from the pattern of good, better, best, both regular movie goers and potter fans alike are sure to be salivating at the up and coming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, due to be released this year.
Keep watching the review boards where il be the first to let you know about how that flick turns out.