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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.…
Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?
Kicking off my day of Harry Potter with Philosopher's Stone. I'm going to come outright and say I bloody love the Harry Potter films, I especially love the hammy acting, the ridiculously posh accents all the kids have and just how plain ridiculous they are. The first few films really embody this, I don't know if I'm just lucky but child actors don't ever irritate me, shit these kids are so cute!!
Some of my favourite scenes from the films are the ones with the Dursleys, Uncle Vernon is incredible!
Yeah, so this film always surprises me by how short it is, considering how much they cram in. It's admirable really, but I feel like that if you had no clue about Harry Potter none of it would make any sense.
This film also has the most amount if screen time for my beloved Oliver Wood, HE'S JUST TOO BEAUTIFUL.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
We cant really talk about Young Adult without talking about Harry Potter, can we?
You all know the story of Harry Potter, his personal arc through this opening film is pure wish fulfilment for kids (and probably most adults) everywhere. However throughout this sluggishly paced slog, Chris Columbus and his creative team never seem to mine such obvious potential for the kind of cinematic gold that seems so ripe for the taking. Honestly J.K. Rowling’s opening source novel has been imagined here as about as generic a kids fantasy film as they come – and an extremely badly plotted one, at that. The film is all very pleasant, inoffensive and easy to swallow, your typical family fantasy adventure fluff but…
This is a fun film in an interesting world but I don't get all the hype about it. I guess that the book must be better than the film.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is the begining of a big and lovely universe and everything looks magical and joyful.
Harry Potter evokes such a magical feeling in me and I love it
Also Hagrid is a fucking lad
This movie doesn't have the best child actors by any means, but the movie is still a fun tale full of magic and bogeys.
+ Liebevoll gestaltet
+ viele Charaktere gut eingebracht
+ strotzt vor Kreativität
- Effekte (Troll, usw.) etwas künstlich
- teilweise Dialoge
Der erste Teil des Harry Potter Franchise macht auch viele Jahre nach dem Release noch viel Spass. Er ist noch sehr kindlich und ein schöner Familienfilm.Die Stimmung, dass ein Abenteuer beginnt (wie z. Bsp. HdR Die Gefährten), kommt sehr gut rüber. Ein erster Teil eines neuen Universmus hat es immer etwas schwiriger, da er eine Geschichte erzählen muss und zusätzlich viele Charaktere einbringen muss. Dies gelingt dem ersten Teil von Harry Potter aber ganz gut. Zudem kommt die Spannung nicht zu kurz und es gibt zum Schluss sogar ein kleiner Twist, den natürlich die meisten schon wissen.
Beginning the marathon having bought the lot on Blu-Ray. Thoroughly enjoyable.
'Who told you bout fluffy?' Great cast and fun family fayre in the Potter opener.
Pretty stellar visual design, world-building, and a memorable score, but everything else is just god-awful.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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