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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…
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…
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.
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.…
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It's the Sorcerer's Stone where I come from, Jack!
This was far better than I had expected: a very imaginative, exciting and well-paced family film with a very good script and well-drawn characters. Harry Potter (Radcliffe) is very likable in his first role as a young wizard, as are his costars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
The film is so long because it's actually two films in one (and Harry's ever-changing, alternating pre- and post-pubescent voice shows it): the first half is Harry's introduction to Hogwarts, the magic school for young people, where all sorts of games and mischief occur. This part is lower on the tension scale, but it's a lot of fun -- beating the ogre in the…
First year student Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts, murders a teacher, and wins the house cup.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Didn't I just watch this just a few weeks ago? Yes I did.
Why am I watching it again? Because of these Buzzfeed articles: www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/wood-4-wood
Expect more HP soon.
I'm having a difficult time writing a review of this film. It both entertains and overstays its welcome. I feel like the move had a checklist of book elements it had to hit, and you can also see the director marking them off one by one. Meanwhile, while the story is fairly thin around all the world-building, the plot does get very interesting during the final act of the film, with a twist that neither my wife nor I saw coming.
The kids are decent actors for their ages, though nothing to write home about. The characterization works well in this story, which is obviously meant to be somewhat caricatured in places. I chafed a little under the general snippiness…
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This was the beginning of my love/hate/love relationship with the series. I remembered liking the movie alright when I first saw it. I continued to watch them and hated it. And, as you can see from my subsequent Harry Potter reviews, I ended up on the positive side.
*** this is a review for 'WIZARD PEOPLE, DEAR READER', an alternate audiotrack for the film which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA459F596674B85F6 ***
i've never seen the first harry potter movie which is kind of insane because i recognized hundreds of images as though they were part of my childhood memory. they were clearly shoved in there: an inescapable part of being alive in the early 2000s.
i want this guy to do all the movies. he paints harry as an invulnerable badass and treats the events of the films with an outrageous reverence. his freakish faux-fandom is nothing short of magic.
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