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.
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 little over a year ago, the Potter franchise had come to an end, but a little over 10 years ago, the Potter phenomenon had just begun...
I don't think anyone expected the franchise to grow to reach such high heights as it has nor that the fanbase would have garnered such a huge and devoted following when this came out in 2001. I remember loving this and the book when they came out back in the day. Like many kids in my day, I was a big fan of the Potter franchise but as I got older (like around the fifth film) my Potter Boner eased down and I thought the were pretty fucking dumb looking back at them.…
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.
I am not a Harry-Hater. Not at all. I am what you would call very neutral in the matter, you may refer to me as Switzerland.
While pretty much every single actor in the film made me want to scream, and claw at my face, I resisted.
The reason for that is to be found in the story. Take it for what it is, a children's film, and it's actually not half bad. Certainly better than most of the Disney sequels I've been torturing myself with.
Anyone ever suspect Hagrid of molesting the kids?
First off, its Harry Potter and the PHILOSOPHER'S Stone (damn yanks).
The year is 2001, as the first cinematic adaptation of a Harry Potter comes onto the big screen it so coincided with my first year in Secondary School which I feel is rather apt. So essentially we have both started at the same time and therefore I have grown up with Mr. Potter and co at the same time.
I think the Philosopher's Stone gets a bit too much stick, I mean yeah the acting from young stars isn't that great but it is there first foray into it so therefore can be forgiven. But if you come away from that and just appreciate the magical experience that is Harry finally finding his real family.
Yes the CGI looks pretty ropey and suspect now but thats a given really with technology and graphics but what still remains is film fun for the entire family.
I remember seeing this the first & thinking it was pretty good but not great.
It wasn't until I saw the third film that I felt invested in the characters & the story and thats when I started to read the series of books.
It's hard to review this film separately from the others knowing what's to come, so I won't, but I will rate it.
A fun and light adventure that is mostly forgettable. Acts as a good setup for what is to come.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
home alone guy
Harry's acting - 1 out of 5
Ron's faces - 4.5 out of 5
Hermione's bitchiness - 1000 out of 5
First off. This was one of the first movies i ever saw at a movie theater. Became obsessed and i'm still a huge fan of the books and filma. Plus: this one and the chamber of secrets and the prisoner of Azkaban were the only ones i really thought were amazingly adapted.
It’s not that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a bad film, just that it feels like a film that is very far away from what the series became, so much so that watching this unashamed kids movie, from the director of Home Alone, with its bogey jokes and slightly schematically told and overexplained plot, is a bit of a shock to the system ten years later. That said, it’s a real charmer, and sets up the world of Harry Potter in a bright and engaging fashion.
Where Columbus really gets it right is in the film’s design. Hogwarts itself is imposing and impressive, dwarfing the films young stars and immersing both them and us in this magical world.…
2001 or 2002