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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.…
With this being my 200th review, and the Christmas season upon us, I thought I'd sit down and finally go through all of the Harry Potter films. I finished them all within 48 hours and I have to admit I would totally do it again.
The adventure begins as Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He soon finds that he was for one reason or another able to defeat an evil magic while still in infancy. But as the year goes on, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) discover that this evil may not be gone forever.
I have a feeling this movie is probably difficult…
Wizard People, Dear Reader
Thoroughly mediocre entry that is elevated by its successors. The casting would pay off in later entries, but the main trio is still trying to find their footing in this freshman effort. Faithful to the book to a fault, which isn't helped by a sleepwalking Chris Columbus at the helm. Luckily, later directors would be given the freedom to bring their visions to the projects, resulting in even J.K. Rowling herself preferring those films.
Screened with the Wizard People, Dear Reader audio track by Brad Neely.
"The third-floor corridor on the right-hand side is out of bounds to everyone who does not wish to die a most painful death."
Hasn't aged gracefully, and the Columbus Potter movies were never the most interesting and well-paced. But, there's undeniably magic and tons of nostalgia for all the boys, girls and gender-neutrals who grew up with Harry Potter like myself.
Plus the ending always leaves me a little teary. I'm not going home, not really.
The film that kicked off the film francise of a hit book series. Probably the only thing that saves this movie is the world building it's doing. Everything is new to us and it's neat seeing the world of magic. Although, revisiting it hurts it a lot. It's too kiddy for where it ends up down the line. This film is more of an introduction than anything. Even the battle with Voldemort was bad. Another thing the movies have such a hard time with is why is the movie named so if we don't learn much about what it's named after. Yeah we know someone's after the Stone, but why? What does it do? And then when Harry gets it they just destroy it? Why not do that in the first place?!
I watched this way back in 2001 before reading the books. As a movie it was highly entertaining. There were however some difficult terms etc to follow. Muggles for example.
Looking back at this Chris Colombus movie it is easy to pick holes but it launched the rest of the franchise (and made me read the seven books)
It was fun to see these characters again, knowing where the series would end up. I forgot that Harry Potter movies used to end with the house points being tallied.
I don't think I fully appreciated how funny the beginning of this movie is as a kid. I don't think it registered as joke to me when the Dursleys move into a tiny shack at the end of a thin peninsula in the middle of a raging ocean in an attempt to escape the barrage of owls and Hogwarts acceptance letters. I think I just took that at face value, not as something hyperbolic. It tickles me in a way that wouldn't have back then that the Dursleys are so…
The film version of an audiobook.
It is hard to fault a verbatim adaptation of a children's book for being unoriginal, but that's exactly how it feels. Chris Columbus does a great job of bringing the world of Hogwarts to life, however there is very little substance to his entries.
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