I seem to be having a really long streak of rotten movie karma. Tonight I went to see Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. I thought the first Harry Potter movie was okay, and the second was rather better than the first, so I figured I’d give this one a go.
Now, let’s get things straight – Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban is by no means as bad as the last two movies I’ve seen. Given the choice between going to see it again, or suffering through Van Helsing or The Day After Tomorrow again, I’d, sit through Harry Potter. But I would sit through it – see, it’s really, really boring. The pacing is just terrible. In an effort to fit the book into 142 minutes the screenwriter skipped great chunks of the story, yet failed to inject any excitement or sense of forward motion into the first 120 minutes.
I hope King Arthur fares better.