nauru wrote:Does the Harry potter series get any better? (read: Way, way better than the first film by an enormous margin) I've been told that the first films are lousy because they are pitched to a much younger audience, and that later in the series the plot gets much better (read: much darker) and the characters far more complex.
To answer the OP's question, in my personal opinion, yes, they get way better. I agree the first film was trite and uninspired, and I didn't find the second or fourth (#4 is my least favorite) any better. The third film is the most filmically complex, inventive, and playful (and is my favorite).
After David Yates took over direction of the series with #5 you get the "darker" and "more complex" Potter films. In my personal opinion again, Yate's films are not necessarily more complex, they just move away from being event-driven (or bullet-point outlines of the major events of each novel) to being almost completely character-driven, and therefore moodier and broodier. But I think the switch fits the source material and makes the later films more-than-decent adaptations.