Brett (Artpig)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is lowkey one of the best of the entire franchise of Potter films. They start off really strong with this one. It captures the nice warm essence of Harry Potter (you know before it becomes all dark and gritty later on.) It's a breezy and warm love letter to films like The Goonies and sticks to the tone of the book almost perfectly.
Christopher Columbus created such an amazing and iconic world here through his nostalgic and whimsical tone. He hits the exact right beat here, creating a film that feels equal parts Spielbergian and Disney- he's responsible for getting this franchise off the ground and ruining any chance of Percy Jackson being able to resonate this well (which is a shame because that source material is wonderful as well.)
Harry Potter is kinda the next Star Wars phenomenon of the 2000's. It's one of those perfect things thats gonna inspire the next generation to want to be creative and tell stories.
This movie is literally 2 and a half hours of true bliss, with real tension throughout but never becomes cloying or manipulative in any way. It's just as sweet, sincere and heartfelt as it could be. It really feels like you are getting lost in a world of pure imagination, and its one of those few perfect films like Jurassic Park or Mary Poppins that I could probably watch on repeat.
"I'm not going home, not really."