Here's an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version ofHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter's world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure--involving the titular sorcerer's stone--doesn't translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film's fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book's fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can't wait for Harry's return. Ages 8 and up.--Doug Thomas
An Unusually Accurate Film Adaption of a Book! To be honest, I sometimes get sick of Harry Potter mania. You hear about it all the time, and not just from kids. But, I have to admit that I'm a bit immersed in it all myself, and I'll see it through to the end.
This one is not the best of the series in terms of story, but the movie deserves all the credit in the world for being very faithful to the book, warts and all.
I do wish all film adaptions of books were so accurate to the source material!
True Enough to the Book I must admit I saw the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before I read the book. My oldest daughter introduced me to Harry Potter. Previous I had been clueless to anything Harry Potter.
Having now read the book, I feel that the movie does Harry Potter justice in form and feel. Obviously you cannot capture the entirety of a book in a 2 hour movie; they are different medium. But I do believe the movie is as compelling and fun as the book.
The actors are spot on. In fact, now that I am reading book 2 in the series I can't help but picture the actors from the movies. They are convincing, lovable and memorable. Especially Hagrid!
I don't know how the rest of the series will turn out, but having seen 3 Harry Potter movies and read 2 books, I think they compliment each other as well as can be expected. Each adds a new dimension to the other.
A must see for hardcore Potterite, and casual fan. You will enjoy the immersive fantasy world whether you have read the books or not.TERRIBLE YOU JUST CANT TELL THE STORY IN 2 HOURS READ THE BOOKS INSTEAD THE MOVIE IS AWFUL WOULNDT KILL YOU TO READ ONCE IN A WHILE