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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.…
I wasn't going to watch this when I saw that it was on TV but then everyone was just so tiny and I had to. I had no choice in the matter.
With arguably the best source material available to it, the first Harry Potter has been set up to win, and is a pitch-perfect adaptation of the beloved story, from hair and makeup to casting choices. The instalment invests wisely in its young actors, who bring their best to the film (even if that best isn't the best). The best asset of the film, however, is John Williams' beautiful score, which feels as if it could have been lifted from the mind of Rowling herself.
Without its Harry Potter brand, this movie would've been a bargain bin find six months after its theatrical debut.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having read the book this film is based on this was a huge deal when it came out, it started what became a ten year obsession and as the story grew with more books and then films based on between the age of 12 and 22 my life revolved around all things Harry Potter, this movie is still really good and highly enjoyable
Se relevarmos o fraco roteiro, e a inocência (necessária) dos personagens, temos um filme apenas bom, uma aventura movimentada, e muito divertida. Um bom começo para a serie.
Chris Columbus boasts of a film that accurately and charmingly portrays J.K. Rowling's beloved first novel. Impeccably cast and whimsically shot, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" captures the beauty and the danger of the wizarding world, promising a legendary series of film adaptations to come.
Recently I had decided to sit down and watch the Harry Potter saga all over again with my siblings who had not viewed these films before. Sitting down with them I can tell you I felt like a kid again visiting Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, and Harry's first Quidditch match.
As a kid I had grown up reading the books and watching the movies and I had never felt so alive in a fictional world, and seeing the words transfer over to the silver screen in such great fashion all I could do was sit there with my eyes wide open and smiling away. The score in this film really resonates with me and gives me a sense of wonder, action,…
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