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Old November 19 2010, 09:19 AM   #1
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Of the 6.5 Harry Potter films made,what 3 are your fave ones and why?

Ignoring that HPatDH Part 1 is only half a movie, of the 6.5 Harry Potter cinema films made so far, what are currently your 3 favorite films and please separately say why for each one named (as in for the acting, script - story, direction, special FX, music score and/or any other factors you consider most relevant).

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Old November 19 2010, 12:38 PM   #2
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Haven't seen 7 yet but I'm sure it's going to be AMAZING.

#1 Azakaban; great story, amazing direction/visuals
#2 Order Phoenix; my favorite book before 7, good story, good action, decent direction/visuals
#3 Goblet Fire

Looking back on it, the first movie is pretty terrible, just horribly slow and boring. Second one is moderately better with more action. Six has no action, and what little action in the book is shockingly truncated!!!

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Old November 19 2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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Sorry, just wanted to be a spoilsport and say that I don't think the last book needs 2 movies and most certainly none of the other ones do either.
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Old November 19 2010, 06:43 PM   #4
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1) Azkaban - great directing, haunting visuals, interesting story that's different from "oh noes we must stop voldemort!". The sense of Hogwarts history and mythology. My only complaint is that they should have had more on the background of the sirius/lupin/potter/pettigrew foursome
2) Half Blood Prince - mature feel, and had an interesting dark melancholy tone.
3) Order of the Phoenix - Here by default. Solid movie, the first half does a great job of building up the tension. the 2nd half is sort of a letdown, but I don't like the Columbus films and Goblet feels kind of "hacky" for reasons that I'm still not sure why... Order is just solid. Not great, but solid.
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Old November 19 2010, 06:57 PM   #5
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Sorcerer's Stone: I loved sharing Harry's sense of wonder, and even tho' he's going to become a very powerful wizard, he's not the best in his class -- yet.

Prisoner of Azkaban: It was really interesting to learn about the "criminal justice" system in the wizarding world; I liked that Snape shielded Harry, Ron and Hermione from Werewolf Lupin. And I loved the rescue of Buckbeak and Sirius.

Goblet of Fire: Quadri-wizard tournament was interesting. Voldemort returns, cranking up the stakes.
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Old November 19 2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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I don't get the logic in ignoring DH Part 1 (even though I haven't seen it yet), but here's my top 3 fav HP films thus far:

Half-Blood Prince
Although his directorial style is much less whimsical and much more gritty than Alfonso Cuaron's, David Yates shares with Cuaron an understanding of how to translate HP from page to screen that is incredibly profound, and it's on full display in HBP; it also doesn't hurt that screenwriter Steve Kloves - in returning to the series after taking a hiatus on Order of the Phoenix - once again demonstrates that he truly is a fan of the novels and understands how to successfully adapt the plotlines while also simultaneously cutting down on significant amounts of tedious exposition. There are a few things that probably could've been included, but the fact that they're absent doesn't negatively affect the film - or the way that its story unfolds - in any significant fashion.

Order of the Phoenix
As much as I like some of Steve Kloves' script adaptations, the way that Michael Goldenberg adapted OotP was absolutely BRILLIANT. David Yates' first directorial foray into the HP world is also pitch-perfect, and perfectly suits Goldenberg's script; the only thing that, in hindsight, probably could and should have gotten more focus is the 'Snape's Worst Memory' sequence, but that's really neither here nor there.

Prisoner of Azkaban
There are so many things that I love about Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of Prisoner of Azkaban that I could spend an entire thread talking about them, and the only reason his film is ranked third on my list of favorites is because of how brilliantly David Yates was able to adapt Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince; the stylistic choices that Cuaron made in adapting Kloves' script - including the inclusion of shrunken heads aboard the Knight Bus, the decision to have Emma Watson's Hermione actually punch Tom Felton's Draco Malfoy as opposed to the slap that is described in the novel, and the use of the Whomping Willow to indicate the passage of time and the changing of the seasons - lends PoA a whimsical quality that surpasses even that of the first two films. Another thing that make's Cuaron's HP film stand out is that it actually inspired J.K. Rowling to retcon her own text in order to match the way he'd adapted said text.
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Old November 19 2010, 09:29 PM   #7
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1) Half-Blood Prince
2) Deathly Hallows, Part 1
3) Order of the Phoenix

I'm sure that after Part 2 comes out, it'll be on top and knock the others down a notch.

As for why these three? The directing, the cinematography, the acting, the content... everything.
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