Sunday, July 10, 2011

1588 - Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone

Like a lot of geeks out there I'm revisiting the Harry Potter films leading up to the release of the final.  Only seems fitting.  Not unlike the books themselves it's amazing how much this series has evolved over the course of the films.  The visuals especially, while the latest installments have lent themselves to a dark foreboding look this film is pure storybook.  For what it's worth I think the series shift makes sense.  Although the tone of this film is rather cheesy at the best of times.  The acting just isn't quite there the way that it is later, nor are the special effects.  Of course I'm judging these films from the vantage point of ten years past their releases, and that's really just not fair. 
This film is more or less just an introduction to the world and the characters, and I think that it does a wonderful job of that.  It's a difficult thing to do in letting the audience know that there will be seven installments (more in the end) and still have them worried for your characters, knowing that they'll, in all likelyhood, be around. 
I'm looking forward to revisiting these films over the course of the next several days.  Especially towards the end when things start getting real!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Special Widescreen Edition) 

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