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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…
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.…
I didn't rewatch this by choice, it just happened to be on at a buddy's house and I was sitting on the couch with nothing better to do. I felt like I had been transported back in time, as not only was the film being played on DVD, it was also a full frame DVD.
The biggest realization that I had this time around is the fact that Harry Potter is kind of a douche. He really does nothing but touch someone on the face, but he is still considered this big hero. Everyone from the teachers to his peers are doing things to help him out, but in the end he gets all the credit. Harry Potter can suck it.
A good start to an epic franchise. Excellent use of magic and story.
I recently decided to do a Harry Potter rewatch with my significant other, and decided that it would also provide a good excuse to resurrect my Letterboxd! Let's have it.
I had fond memories of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone going in, although I certainly didn't think it would be a good movie. When I first saw this Chris Columbus flick at 8 years old my only metric for the film's success was how closely it followed my beloved book. The film's slavish devotion to it more than appeased me, but leaves me wanting quite a bit more now.
Which is basically to say that the failings of the Sorcerer's Stone book are the failings of the movie as…
I don't know why I did this
Er was een tijd dat de fantasyfilm het achter geschoven kindje was van Hollywood. Zulk soort films waren te duur om te maken en de special effects waren te kitscherig om overtuigend te zijn. Dus nadat er in de jaren 80 enkele gefaalde pogingen waren gewaagd om dit genre – middels films zoals Conan the Barbarian, The Never Ending Sory en Willow – bij het grote publiek aan de man te brengen bleef het gedurende de jaren 90 lang stil.
Totdat producent David Heyman maar liefst 1 miljoen pond neertelde om de rechten van een boekenserie te bemachtigen. Die boekenserie was natuurlijk de geliefde Harry Potter reeks.
Sindsdien wordt de wereld vrijwel iedere kerstperiode bestookt met een fantasy film uit…
I watched this with my daughter on a chilly autumn night on the downtown brick streets of our quaint and small town. It was a beautiful night under the stars; perfect for a Harry Potter viewing.
This movie is not perfect; neither is the book. But it is a good movie for a certain age with a positive message about love and friendship. My oldest child began reading these when he was six or seven and voraciously read through the entire series. We were among those that would line up for the midnight releases of the books. So, the movies have a sentimental place in my heart. They are "the movies" and "the books" of a certain generation of young people.
Being the first one out of the gate, Chris Columbus had his hands full creating this world. But he succeeds in setting the stage for what's to come, making this one of the most memorable films of the franchise. The astounding adult actors are the real stars, IMO. And the majority of the film's success is due to John Williams' magnificent score. Luckily, the child acting improves after this movie (seeing that it really isn't great), and so does the CGI (it was bad even for the year 2001, TBH).
I'm looking forward to continuing my full rewatch!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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