An adaption of J.K. Rowling’s first installment of her wildly successful Harry Potter Series, was directed by Chris Columbus (also the director of the other 4 movies.) He had a big job to do, as so many readers loved the book so much there could have been a revolt had he made a disaster of it.
Released in 2001, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” (sometimes referred to “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,) takes place in a magical world and children make up most of the cast. The movies itself is dark and at times a little scary. In fact, there are parts near the end that I would say would be too frightening for a little child.
The movie was well done and stayed close to the book, however, it was quite long. There were plenty of things that could have been left out or shortened. Three hours is a bit much for anyone (let alone a child) to sit through.
The graphics of the movie were amazing. The action was well-done. The cast was phenomenal and all of the actors were great choices for their roles. Taking place for the most part at a school for magic, there is so much adventure and action. The author’s wonderful imagination was really brought justice in the production of this film. Other than it being too long and potentially a little scary for the littles, the movie did not disappoint lovers of the book.
Whether you have in fact read the book or not, this movie with its dark undertones and wonderful cast is sure to still keep your attention and take you on an adventure. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is a great family movie for kids over eight or nine years old.
I would recommend it to my friends and family, just as I am recommending it to you.