Monday, 3 November 2014

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Review

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Release Date: 29th November 2001 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
1492 Pictures
Heyday Films

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 152 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $974,755,371 

Plot Summary
Rescued from the 
outrageous neglect of his 
aunt and uncle, a young 
boy with a great destiny 
proves his worth while 
attending Hogwarts 
School of Witchcraft and 

Daniel Radcliffe - Harry
Emma Watson - Hermione 
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus 
Richard Harris - Albus
Maggie Smith - Minerva
Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
Ian Hart - Professor Quirrell/
Lord Voldermort (Voice)
Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
Richard Griffiths - Vernon Dursley
Fiona Shaw - Petunia Dursley
Harry Melling - Dudley Dursley
John Hurt - Ollivander
Zoe Wanamaker - Madame Hooch
Warwick Davis - Filius Fitwick/Goblin Bank Teller/Griphook (Voice)
David Bradley - Argus Filch
Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
John Cleese - Nearly Headless Nick
Leslie Phillips - The Sorting
Hat (Voice)
Julie Walters - Molly Weasley
Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley
James & Oliver Phelps - Fred
& George Weasley
Richard Bremmer - Lord
Sean Biggerstaff - Oliver Wood
Devon Murray - Seamus Finnigan
Chris Rankin - Percy Weasley
Jamie Waylett - Vincent Crabbe
Joshua Herdman - Gregory Goyle
Adrian Rawlins - James Potter
Geraldine Somerville - Lily Potter
Ray Fearon - Firenze
Verne Troyer - Griphook

Executive Producer/Director - 
Chris Columbus
Based on Book "Harry Potter 
and the Philosopher's Stone" - 
J.K. Rowling
Screenplay - Steve Kloves
Producer - David Heyman
Production Designer - Stuart 
Costume Designer - Judianna
Cinematography - John Seale
Second Unit Director/Visual Effects Supervisor -
Robert Legato
Creature Effects/Special Make-Up Effects Artist -
Nick Dudman
Special Effects Supervisor - John Richardson
Visual Effects Supervisor - Nick Davis
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Jim Berney
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Roger Guyett
Animation Supervisor: ILM - David Andrews
Film Editor - Richard Francis-Bruce
Music - John Williams


2002 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Stuart Craig and Stephen McMillan
Best Costume Design - Judianna Makovsky (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)

I haven't done any of the reviews of the Harry Potter films except for the last two I've posted. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE known to Americans as THE SORCERER'S STONE was good to start off the series of all eight films together, but never I consider as one of the best first movie instalments. I can't really admire the first movie of its short deficits, I'm sure it's nostalgic and it's given a lot of good charm and value for a Muggle who hasn't seen the movies like especially the first two for a long time. But there's more to be done to praise the ingenious aspects of the film, like Chris Columbus' direction as he brings a lot of joy and pace to his first two features. Alas, before the actors that played Harry, Ron and Hermione reached their maturity and adulthood, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were in their youth when first playing these three heroes. At their age, they are a bit stiff but they haven't done anything like this before and that goes to Columbus for perfectly turning these children into future superstars. 

For the grown actors who were portraying the Hogwarts staff, Alan Rickman is at the first time being extremely significant for capturing his moody essence as Snape and as for Robbie Coltrane, he is good for just being Hagrid and already the first to be casted in the ensemble. With the accent and naivety of the character, he knows how to capture it perfectly. The best actor of this picture would definitely be the late Richard Harris for his original portrayal as the all-wise and powerful Dumbledore. Such tragic it was when we learned of Richard's passing and Michael Gambon would go on to succeed the character in the next six chapters. 

I'm not exactly sure this film would be in the quality of good or bad, it does introduce the world and characters of the books to the big screen. This 13 year old movie is still worth-watching to this day, even to the non-readers of the book series.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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