[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
A few hours ago, in this very January the 14th of 2016, Alan Rickman passed away at 69 years of age.
Do not mistake me for having just rewatched this movie, for I haven't. If there is one thing I cherish in the Letterbox community is the freedom of speech that seems to be granted on reviews. So, for lack of an even better medium (as if possible to ask for one) of expressing my deep sadness at this moment, I've taken a movie that meant a lot to him (and to me) as a means of a tribute (do not mistake me for being gifted at that either, as bellow I'm sure to prove).
I haven't watched many movies…
Wow what a nostalgia bomb. I probably watched this 100 times on VHS when I was 10. Still remember every line, I didn't remember this being 2 and a half hours. It flies by because it's get but god damn is it long. What's the deal with Prof. Quirrell's turban is he a muslim or something?
I find it rather hard to be very critical of this one - partly, I confess, from nostalgia. And oddly enough, nostalgia I shouldn't even be feeling, because I only saw the film once as a kid. Even so, John Williams's evocative soundtrack stuck with me in a powerful way, and the beauty of Harry and Hedwig gazing out the window of Hogwarts as this music played - that is forever etched in my mind.
That said, yes, it can be a bit plodding. the young actors are clumsy and somewhat flat - Radcliffe especially. He brings to bear the Dickensian training - over-earnest, over-twee - and doesn't really get into the head of the more complicated young Harry. Speaking…
It may not be the strongest film in the franchise but Chris Columbus sets an appealing, magical tone making Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone fun for all ages and one of my nostalgic favorites.
me dad's a muggle, mam's a witch
Still a classic one. It has been some time but the rewatching it was fun.
I'm rereading the series in conjunction with the films. There's nothing *wrong* with the film at all. Although it's faithful to fault. It's essentially a play by play of the book, which is both respectful and detrimental. So little is done with its own flare, that one would be better off just reading the book again.
Aw, little unpubic Daniel Radcliffe.
(Altho I have to say - Christopher Columbus' direction does not really stand up to rewatching as an adult at all.)
Unlike the other Harry Potter movies, this film has not aged well. While I can overlook the acting of the child actors, I cannot overlook the cheesy and corny special effects and some creative decissions that had to be undone by the following movies.
Had this style continued, the whole HP series would look way inferior than it does today.
The beginning of an obsession. Craziness.
Complete list. :-(
book to movie adaptations. i've read and watched all of these.
(some came from graphic novels/plays)
will update frequently b/c…