He also sucks out every bit of character out of all the…characters. Everyone has this weird reservedness (?) about them in his movies, standing around and delivering their lines as boring as can be. Until you can barely tell one character from the other, only visually.
In the books people are way more talkative, Yates has them standing around a bunch and looking all doom and gloom.
This series could have been so much better and more, had we had a competent director and writer pairing throughout. Instead we got this weird botched Frankenstein, where the only real good one is Azkaban due to Cuarons directing.