The new Potter film is as good to the story as it is to the eyes, adapting the core story elements of its novel into a form more suitable for a visual medium. The film feels like a perfect continuation from Order of the Phoenix, which is to be expected given the director, but also manages to come across as the logical maturation of Prisoner of Azkaban.
Cuarón does a great job with immersion, but he leaves out far too many integral plot details. Harry Potter fans like to whine about every tiny little cut that the film adaptations make, which has always gotten on my nerves: this is one huge exception. There’s too much story cut out of this movie, and I really can’t think of a reason why. The book of this one was a bit longer than Chamber, but the movie is a bit shorter. Adding these details back in could have made the film the same length at most, and probably still a bit shorter. Why the cuts?