Sunday, August 26, 2012
My son wants to finally watch the these movies back to back after playing the Lego game. This also gives me the chance to re-watch from the beginning and take a fresh look at these movies all over again. This firs movie written by Steve Kloves and directed by Chris Columbus premiered in 2001. J.K. Rowling had script approval for every movie so she could tell the writer and directors what was ok to cut out of the movie and what they should keep in. When I was through watching this movie I must say it is serviceable as a opening movie to a longer story, and needed that Chris Columbus touch of being whimsical early on before it gets darker.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, and Richard Harris as the original Albus Dumbledore, these actors and roles are the ones that matter because they last through the whole series. It opens with Dumbledore and Ms. McGonagall waitng for the arrival of Hagrid with baby Harry Potter to be left with his muggle Aunt and Uncle after his parents are killed by Lord Voldemort and Harry surviving the battle with a scar. Fast forward to Harry's 11th birthday and receiving letters from wizarding school Hogwarts. After trying to stay away from the letters Hagrid tracks down Harry and tells him all abut his parents and that he is there to bring him to Hogwarts. On the train he meets Ron and Hermione who become his friends by the end of the movie. It is a story of is first year in the school and serves as a set up for the entire series.
Unfortunately it feels like a set up to bigger better thing to come. It does drag a bit and the children actors are not great yet but not bad either just there. You can tell there are great moments to come from these kids just not yet in this movie. The direction is good for the story nothing to great, the stand out scene for me in this movie is the living chess scene. It is by far my least favorite of this series, it just goes on a bit to long for me. I do not think however that it could have been trimmed more without the pay offs toward the end of the series. Watchable yes, re-watchable hard.
Rating - 2 1/2 out of 5 Stars
- Stephen Operach