Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

Score: 88%

I've talked about my adoration for lots of franchises and studios and how they impacted my love for cinema. Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and countless others are the reasons why I enjoy watching films and writing reviews so much. But if I'm going to go right back to the first franchise that I was truly obsessed with, then it would have to be Harry Potter. I loved these books and I love these films aswell. The rush of nostalgia that came over me when Hedwig's theme started playing, and when the doors opened to Diagon Alley, and when Hogwarts was shown for the first time as they rowed along the lake - let's just say I had a fun, fun experience revisiting this. This alongside Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows Pt 2 were the three that I used to rewatch a tonne when I was younger, so I pretty much remembered everything in this, and I just loved every second of it.

Sure some of the effects are dated, some of the child acting is a bit weak and the film is filled to the brim with cliches story wise, but I still loved this. The world-building is phenomenal, and I love getting to see this world alongside Harry. It makes him a lot more relatable character. Speaking of the characters, this must have the best set of characters. Ron, Hermione, Draco, Hagrid, Dumbledore - it must be illegal to have so many iconic characters in one film. But the clear standout is Alan Rickman's phenomenal take on Snape. His performance is undoubtedly fantastic, but it reaches a whole other level when you know the outcome of his character. The twist is honestly pretty good here - let's just say 8 year old me was very shocked when Quirrell was revealed. Some of the effects are dated, but the action on the whole is really well shot and perfectly captures the whimsy of this world. The production design is immaculate, and I haven't even mentioned the magnificent score from John Williams, which might just be one of my all time favourites. Overall, my love for this film and this franchise will never decrease over time. Looking back on it it probably isn't the most well made franchise of all time, but this franchise is still just a blast to revisit for me, and I would strongly, strongly recommend it.

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