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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Let the Magic Begin.
Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school's kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths -- and about the villain who's to blame.
It's quite nostalgic to revisit the magical world of Harry Potter after so many years, yet surprising to discover that it still has a charming quality about itself. The first in the 8-part film series, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (also known as Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone) may not have the darkness or complexity of its later instalments but what it manages to retain is the freshness, innocence & excitement one feels when embarking on a new adventure.
Based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone begins the journey of The Boy Who Lived and covers his adventures during his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Completely oblivious to the…
Fast paced, creative and entertaining! Geared to kids but I managed to breeze right thru it!
My favorite character in this series is Snape ;-) Unfortunately he doesn't receive the screen time that he deserves!
The first thing you get when you revisit the first Harry Potter film is just how bad the kid's acting was. Emma Watson, oh dear. She has got better over the course of the films, but boy was she irritating here.
J K Rowling did have some artistic input into the film versions of her best selling books, and it shows. Recreating exactly what was written on paper and bringing it to life has been a filmmakers biggest challenge over the years and fair play to Chris Columbus here who seems to get almost everything right. It's magical, it's fresh and is a stunning adaptation of Rowling's imagination. A franchise borne to make money, it didn't disappoint Warner Bros. either…
Am I the only one who gets utterly frustrated by those House Cup points and the level to which they are subject to inflation and irregularity over this and all the other films? So I have commenced my Harry Potter marathon to the likes of my girlfriend and I must say that this wasn’t as bad as I remembered. Sure, the lead child actors are pretty amateurish and boring (except for Hermoine and Malfoy), but the adult actors - particularly Snape and Filch - came out strong. If you haven’t read the books, the ending must be very disappointing as it would seem to amount to one big deus ex machina. I thus think the director could have interfered with the original story more; make it less childish as well.
When it comes to modern global franchises, Harry Potter surely has to reign now as one of the main players, given over its collective seven films it's raised enough money to fund the GDP of an average sized nation. After JK Rowling's novel series about the titular boy wizard went stratospheric, appealing to both children and indeed parents alike for balancing youthful magic & a strain of dark, knowing humour, a cinematic adaptation was inevitable. So was born The Philosopher's (or Sorceror's if you're in the US, which makes far less sense) Stone, the first of the Harry Potter series which serves as the origin and introduction to our young protagonist, not to mention launching the careers of Daniel Radcliffe & Emma…
Horrendously dated in terms of its laughable visual effects, poorly acted on every child actor's behalf, unjustifiably overlong, predictable and childish but unbelievably entertaining, enchanting and enduring, the first adaptation of J.K Rowling's whimsical "Harry Potter" novels, directed by Chris Colombus, is a true adventure to behold. Released in the same year as the first installment adaptation of Tolkien's groundbreaking and literature defining novels, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone never fails to entertain, mostly due to the pure adventure/fantasy aspects of the film and the soaring, epic, unforgettable, iconic, everlasting, moving and adventurous score, clearly and most easily the strongest aspect of the film that glues the entire franchise and makes possible the film to be described as magical.…
As a true Harry Potter Nerd I was excited for this series. The very first movie laying the foundation for many more what's not to love.
It's been a while since I had re-watched the first HP outing, and I was upset to realise that it's starting to feel a little dated. The visuals have been surpassed by the impressive CGI of the later films, and the performances of the child actors are a really jarring feature. Yes, it will probably go down in history as one of the great family films, but I think it needs a few more years for the nostalgia-factor to mask its flaws and turn it into something truly special.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
I love Harry Potter, so I want to say that my review is 100% biased. I loved it. I love every single HP movie, or any HP realated thing.
Συνεχίζω να έχω πρόβλημα με το pre-Diagon Alley κομμάτι. Σε καμία ταινία της σειράς δεν δίνεται ιδιαίτερη σημασία στους Muggles και τον κόσμο τους, αλλά εδώ ήταν και η μοναδική φορά που είναι ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΟ να δείξει τη ζωή του μικρού Harry πριν μάθει για την ύπαρξη των μάγων, για να τονίσει πόσο ανάγκη είχε αυτήν την αλλαγή περιβάλλοντος και πόσο “παράταιρος” ήταν στον κόσμο των θείων του. Γιατί όχι μια σκηνή με bullying στο σχολείο ή αναφορά στο βίαιο κούρεμα, πριν τον ζωολογικό κήπο; Και γιατί όχι και μια σκηνή με τον θείο Vernon αντιμέτωπο με ενθουσιώδεις μάγους να τριγυρίζουν στους δρόμους, ώστε να στηθεί λίγο πιο ομαλά η απέχθεια των Dursleys για αυτήν την κρυφή πλευρά του οικογενειακού ιστορικού…
(A könyv 5/5)
"You're a wizard, Harry!"
"I'm a what?"
FUCKKK SUCH A FUCKING GREAT MOVIE!
I had Harry Potter shoes, the swaggiest mother fucker at school, but this film, now that I am older has flaws and little things I didn't notice back then.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grit and Emma Watson look so freaking young. John Cleese is high ranking in the credits although is in it for about 2 minutes. Tom Felton's hair is hilarious. Verne Troyer is easier to spot now, you can tell by his voice and how he walks; he's the elf at the bank who walks Hagrid and Harry to the bank vault. John Hurt as the wand seller is weirder than I thought. Richard…
The movie maintains the feel of the book, and although it caters to the younger audience there are moments of darkness in the film making it possible for anybody to enjoy.
The casting choices are as near perfect as possible, with the actors looking incredibly close to the descriptions given in the book which for fans is a plus, some scenes from the book are missing but the movie moves at a good pace and is thouroughly enjoyable.
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