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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.…
Flawed first film is hampered by Chris Columbus’ clichéd direction that focuses too much on the whimsy of Hogwarts and not enough on the gravity of the situation. It plays like a kids film when the subject matter has far more depth. The acting is borderline bad but at least forgivable.
With all of the young adult book series that have been adapted to film, this is still the most effective.
Kudos to Letterboxd for having the proper title.
It has been a couple of years since I last properly saw this. It was good to see it again, very nostalgic indeed. Interesting to see how far the series came from its humble beginnings.
Nice introduction to the wizarding world - though it of course wins no awards for the acting. The childred are finding their feet, and even the adults are in roles too nascent to do much with. Still, fantastic sets, good music and tees up the series well enough.
I haven't watched this movie without WIZARD PEOPLE, DEAR READER accompaniment in... I don't know how long. That changed last night. It's still really good! And far less hokey/little kiddish than I expected!
Also: Those kids have come a long way, acting-wise.
Quirrel has a headache.
" It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live."
Ναι, έχει γεράσει χειρότερα από όλα τα μέρη,αλλά η ένταξη στον κόσμο της Rowling γίνεται με εξαιρετικό τρόπο,και σε όλη την διάρκειά της έχεις ένα αίσθημα νοσταλγίας,που στην τελική αυτά τα δύο κάνουν για να την αγαπήσεις έστω και λίγο.Αν και ο Columbus σκηνοθετικά παρουσιάζει την πιο αδύναμη δουλειά στο franchise οι ερμηνείες της μικρής τριάδας αλλά και των βετεράνων μαζί με όλο το αίσθημα αθωότητας και μαγείας που κυριαρχεί στην οθόνη,απλά σε κάνει να αγνοήσεις ό,τι λάθος μπορεί να έχει αυτή η ταινία.
Υ.Γ.John Williams μην μας αφήσεις ποτέ!!!
The one that started it all.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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