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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.…
The film that began many a child's love affair with Harry Potter, from the dreams of being a student of Hogwarts to the Quidditch recreations to just being a witch or wizard. We have all at some stage done re-enacted these fantasies, for a number of us it will have been with this series in mind. Upon reflection this is a far more enjoyable trip than I have had previously, the child actors are good but lack the credibility of adult actors or child performances since. They aren't however bad enough to detract from the film. An incredible cast of assembled Brits is an absolute treat to behold and these are performances which will remain in the hearts of many,…
Okay, so Slytherin wins the house cup, but Dumbledore is all "just kidding. I'm giving Harry Potter and all his friends points for no reason. Gryffindor wins!" Which is kind of bullshit.
Es una peli de niños aprendices de mago, que viajan en un tren secreto a un castillo encantado que está lleno de fantasmas, profesores malvados y trolls. Y todo eso envuelto en una oscura trama por desvelar.
Es casi, casi, casi perfecta.
First time I ever saw this. It was magical.
I didn't particularly care about these until maybe the fourth movie? Anyway, I went to this with my mom (who I think likes these books better than I do).
Though oddly, I used to watch these on a loop whenever I was making people their xmas presents (back when I did jewelry and stuff, before I realized I was making crap no one liked anyway, sort of the 24 year old's equivalent of presenting people with macaroni art). I have no idea why I just told you that.
The magic and the charm are done right, but the heavy dark elements of the story are not well made and feel lame. It's still a nice adaptation of a great novel.
One of my very first experiences of going to the cinema. It's incredible how big of a pop culture piece this was, remember the craze? I'm sure you do. Well, it's way worse than I remember. Super long and clichéd to death. I've never done this before, but I'm halfway through the movie and I turned on multiple display on Windows just so I can write this on my laptop while I semi-watch it on the TV. I get that it's for kids and all of that, but it's just not enjoyable at all for an adult without an emotional connection to it. I'm planning to watch all the movies on the series this week, and before starting this one…
Could not watch because iam a devoted christian who's opposed to witchcraft
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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