Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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

"I shouldn't have told you that."

Been a long while since I've seen this one.
Guess I need to go back through them again.

I had forgotten how delightful this was. It's a fun adaptation with a the right note of kid-friendliness without being pandering. Columbus does a great job of setting the right tone throughout the film. It's a great opening movie for the franchise with a lot of great world-building and laying a great foundation for the films to come.

It's also kind of wild to see these three (who famously grew up within these movies) being so young and fresh. Very cool look into the past in that way, even more so than just watching early films of someone. It's like the start of their "movie life." Pretty neat.

The only thing that doesn't hold up well is the really terrible CGI stuff. It was probably fine at the time (some 15 years ago), but now it looks really fake, really clunky at times. It stuck out to me as I didn't remember it being so poor previously. I guess with as big a budget as this film had, it should have been better. But then again... we've come a long way in 15 years. So there's that.

Regardless, I really enjoyed being back in this world again. It was a hell of a lot of fun.

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