Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Reviews
Harry Potter is a 10 year old boy who lives with his abusive uncles, but his pitiful life changes drastically when a tall bearded man reveals to him that he is a wizard and offers to take him to the wizard world where he belongs. The amazed Harry decides to follow this man in order to receive magical education, but little does he know about the dangers of this brand new world.
Let's get something clear: The first 4 chapters of this saga left a big mark on my childhood so undeniably there is going to be a little bit of nostalgia and bias (I'm sorry I can't help it). Every iconic franchise needs a solid beginning in order to build a successful franchise so I am more than happy to report that the first chapter of this saga is a more than solid one. "Philosopher's Stone" has enjoyable performances by its adult cast (I particularly love Alan Rickman as Snape) while the child actors try their best and they have their moments but overall it's what you expect from child actors, the CGI has aged well, it has tons of creative ideas, the characters actually have personality and go through some character development, the score is possibly John Williams' best work of the 21 century (yes, including the prequels), the story itself isn't quite spectacular but still is filled with solid and creative ideas, the production design is jaw dropping, and its entertainment value is quite high. But regardless of my nostalgia, now I see the problems I didn't when I saw this in theaters. Chris Columbus direction is extremely bland that it feels like the film is on autopilot as he just filmed pages of the book but without adding any new substance (this truly was the perfect project for Terry Gilliam), the script could have use some rewrites as it has many unnecessary scenes that are just there for world building (I get that you need to do that in your first installment of a new world but you can do that on the first act), the ending desperately needed more detail, and it has major pacing issues.
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" manages to introduce viewers to a creative world that has capture the imagination of an entire generation (myself included in said generation) and could do the same for the upcoming ones, regardless of the pacing issues. A captivating, charming and highly enjoyable start for a saga that has potential.
A very good movie, which offers a fantastic start to the Harry Potter Franchise. They almost couldn't adapt the books any better. Because it's the first part, it is mostly for children, but that's fine!
Final Score: 92%