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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.…
Production value up the wazoo, endlessly bombastic John Williams music; and pretty much a perfect cast.
It is, in fact, the immediate likability of that cast...these kids, which serves to counter the film's major shortcoming.
Namely: its fastidiousness.
Steve Kloves' screenplay is faithful to a fault... He takes an episodic children's novel and effectively transforms it into an episodic kiddie film. It feels, in fact, like watching an entire season of television in one sitting. Its central "story" has so little momentum that you're really just watching a series of events unfold on the way to a rather pedestrian plot twist and an abrupt climax.
And yet... It works.
In the sense that this is exactly what the legion of…
When you consider how often other movie series get reboots and retcons it's pretty amazing that Chris Columbus and team were able to nail the visual & written aesthetics and the casting so perfectly from the very start of the Harry Potter series.
The fairly minor problems this movie has, namely, spotty special effects (I would love for Warner to revisit the special effects on this film and give it a touch up to match the quality of Chamber Of Secrets) and kids learning to act on screen, pale in comparison to the fantastic world that is set up in this movie.
The movies may get darker as the series progresses (like the books) but I think there's something to be said for the timeless look that Columbus imbued the first couple Potter films with. Yeah, it's not gritty or edgy but I suspect that this and Chamber Of Secrets will hold up well in years to come.
I honestly don't know which fucking movie this is. I picked one of them at random because I watched about an hour of one of them on cable once and turned it off because it was fucking idiotic. The one I saw has these kids running around a maze outside like the Shining, and Ralph Fiennes dressed up like a lizard. I don't get this shit, what's all the hype? Seriously?
I know that many people consider the Christopher Columbus Potter movies to be inferior, but I quite enjoyed the first one. First of all, Columbus nails the look of the film, which is beautiful. Sets are amazing, and while a few of the effects are a tad dated, none of them look bad. We also have a great cast; the kids are good considering their age and lack of experience, and the adults are wonderful. I have special love for Richard Harris, who does such an incredible job with Dumbledore, making him warm and caring, but never letting the audience forget that he also has great power. It's a shame he didn't survive to play the part in all the films, as he was excellent in this one.
My cousins and I used to watch and rewatch the Harry Potter films (it was only the first four at the time) and pick a certain character and act their parts out as the movie was going on in the background.
I haven't seen this one in at least five years, but I realized after today's viewing that I still know every one of Ron and Hermione's lines by heart (I'd always choose one of the two.) I even remember the specific pronunciation of their lines.
Obviously not the greatest film of all time, but it means more to my childhood than any movie out there. Brings a smile to my face every time.
I am sad to say this is probably the worst of the series but I have to give it credit because this is where it all began. The film was aimed at kids watching and therefore didn't have a thrilling script or the darkness and peril entailed in the later films of the series. The acting was wooden and awkward at times as the actors were so young. Not the best.
While some shots and effects may not hold up too well today, the original film in the HARRY POTTER series is an incredibly nostalgic film for me and a terrific way to start this amazing franchise. The story is very well told, the atmosphere is mesmerizing, the cinematography is gorgeous, the casting is wonderful, John Williams’ musical score is beautiful, and I think it’s an all-around very entertaining adaptation of the book. I really do forget how great the set pieces were.
Qué recuerdos! :3
Part 1 of my illness-ridden Harry Potter marathon
So here we begin, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The first thing I noticed about this first installment is that the dialogue is bad. I mean, like, really bad. There's not a character in the film that doesn't speak in exposition. The director, Chris Columbus, seems to be taking a very faithful approach to the source material, and that is without a doubt to the film's detriment. The filmmakers are trying desperately to cram each and every tiny detail into the story and make sure the scenes play out exactly as they did in the book.
Now, I get why they did this. The logic, I'm guessing, is that it is…
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