Monday, June 9, 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Bechdel Test: Pass
The Entire Film Series
Rating: 5!
Ranking within the Series:
7th out of 8

Considering that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone) came out so close to the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, we're lucky that it did as well as it did. There are a bunch of other movies that have come out that sputter and die after only the first one or two (Alex Rider: Stormbreaker was a tremendous failure apparently and Percy Jackson is trying really hard to keep up with a movie series). 

A few of the things that helped was that the casting was pretty much perfect. They managed to find the right people to fill the roles and kept them. They didn't recast the main characters, which would have failed miserably, and when they needed to replace Dumbledore they got another stunning actor.

HP 1 succeeded in giving us the atmosphere of the Harry Potter world. It stars off crazy fantasy; it just throws you into a world with an old man in a robe, a long white beard, and glasses and has him turn off the street lights with magic. It's all mystical and slightly spooky. And they made you want Harry to get to Hogwarts. The cast of the Dursley family was wonderful and really helped you hate this place.

Hogwarts was very well done, as well. Everything about the movie was filled with childhood fantasy which I am so happy for. Harry Potter is something that you grow up with and The Sorcerer's Stone does a great job at giving you a bunch of 11 year olds trying to balance new people and a new setting.

It's also fun to see how well the trio gets along and so quickly.

This is one of my least favorites out of the series; I like the grittier fantasy of the later movies but the cast and crew and get exponentially better even by the time The Chamber of Secrets came around. If you haven't seen Harry Potter or even just this movie, watch it. It's really good and gives you a nice start for the characters. If you haven't seen the series, please start here. It is childish, whatever that really means, but you won't get the full story. They are hardly separate stories and even compliment each other: 1 and 7, 2 and 6, 3 and 5, with 4 as the turning point. Seriously, they mirror each other. Go check it out.

If you don't like Harry Potter then cool. If you bash Harry Potter then

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