drew’s review published on Letterboxd:
I will never not love this movie. The Harry Potter franchise has always been my go-to escape ever since I can remember, and this movie used to be my favorite in the franchise. Granted, that was years and years ago, but there is still so much childhood magic present in every single frame. I love the actors so much. Even the kids, who still have a lot of growing to do. While I’m not the biggest fan of Chris Columbus as a director, I love his vision for Hogwarts itself. One of my favorite scenes in this film is when we first see the castle in all of its imposing but also warm glory. And I adore John Williams’ lovely score. He was the perfect choice to get this franchise started musically. Yeah sure, it’s got problems (mainly the pacing, the second half DRAGS) but honestly it doesn’t really matter. This movie is wonderful.