NEW YORK – Everyone is just wild about the new Harry Potter movie in today's Foxlight.
The New York Post calls "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (search) a magical mystery tour. USA Today calls it an "art film" because it's so pretty. And all the critics say darker is better. Well, maybe not for younger kids.
Star Daniel Radcliffe (search) is also a lot more comfortable this time around -- thanks to post-puberty hormones.
"He's a lot more of a teenager in this one. He's a lot angrier, a lot more intense, a lot more lonely. Um, a lot more vulnerable I think," Radcliffe told the Foxlight.
One of the things that's a little vulnerable this time is a script loaded with a lot of Potter baggage. Most reviews are glad this version -- with a new director and grittier look -- isn't completely faithful to the book. But there a lot of footnotes spewed in a big treehouse scene near the end that had my mugglehead spinning.
And what about this 14-year-old actor's future?
"Ideally, the first thing I do after 'Harry Potter' will be something completely different from Harry Potter. I mean every actor wants to do something that's different from their last role," Radcliffe said.
Asked whether he'd do something in drag, the teen star responded: "Maybe that, yeah! Why not?"
The real drag for Harry this weekend will be how well "Shrek 2" (search) continues to animate the box office.
The movie casts a wide spell on more than 3,800 screens this weekend.