Ian Hobbs’s review published on Letterboxd:
*previously a 73*
“It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live.”
I think that after all these years I’ve just come to terms that this entire franchise is perfect to me. Not every film is perfect mind you, but with so much nostalgia and love that I have for these films, I just feel the need to rate them so high. I don’t think that I really appreciated what Sorcerer’s Stone was until this last visit. A wonderful and magnificent foundation for one of the most extravagant worlds created that couldn’t have worked without the love and the passion that every single person behind it put in.
I really fell hard this time for it, hence the higher stars, and maybe it’s an inflated rating but honestly it just feels like it belongs there. Chris Columbus had the biggest job in the world trying to lay down everything for this to work and I’m just so happy he did. Not only is he able to fully allow this world to start and flourish on its own, but he takes him time with everything so it doesn’t feel like it’s all being shoved in, it comes naturally. The audience sees this world as Harry does; so new and young experiencing true wonder for the first time.
Every little thing that the film has is meaningful and builds this world from the bottom up in such a satisfying way. This is the story of a young boy who grew up neglected and basically alone and what Columbus and company do with allowing him to build himself up through magic just works so well. The film is so small when you compare it to the others, but as the first in the saga, that’s its job. Every little moment has heart behind it, and the way that everything happens so fluidly that it makes for just a great film.
Something that I realized a lot this watch was a sense of warmth that the film has. I love how the film is lit with candles and lanterns that give it a warm feeling to it that just makes the film feel like home. I know that not everyone feels this strong of a connection to it, but the combination of the wonderful performances from the young actors and the entire world building that the entire crew did marvelously just lets the Sorcerer’s Stone become something so genuinely good and wholesome, I find it hard not to revisit it and fall in love all over again.