Robert Shupe’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the first film in JK Rowlings much beloved franchise.
The movies all came about after one of the single most book phenomenons we will see in our lifetime. As a result this movie had a lot of pressure. It lived up to that pressure and then some.
Rowling insisted on a British cast and this served the movie well. The adult roles were superbly cast and gave the very young cast members a chance to grow into their characters and also grow as young actors. It is hard to see anyone else in these roles now. Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, and Richard Harris were cornerstones in this film. Then seeing a young Daniel, Emma, and Rupert for the first time back in 2001 was a joy. Chris Columbus also knows how to work well with child actors.
Visually this movie was impressive. It creates a new world and immerses the viewer into it. The visuals also live up to repeated viewings. Watching Quidditch for the first time was a sign of great things to come.
Personal Interlude: It was also great to see Warwick Davis as Flikwick. If you ever get the chance to meet him at a convention you won't be disappointed.
It followed the book quite nicely. JK Rowking is very protective of her work and the films reflect it.
Point to Ponder: This has to be one of the most dangerous schools to ever attend. With trolls, three headed dogs, and forbidden forests who needs loud coaches and tough teachers. Plus, their screening of teachers does make you wonder.
John Williams delivers another score that fits perfectly.
There are times that the young acting is kind of over the top like during dining room panic scene after the troll is announced. That was to be expected and was not enough to take away from the overall magic of the film.
Rewatching the film(s) with my daughter was a blast. Sharing films to a new audience is part of the joy.
Peace. Go back and visit some old friends.