Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

January 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

NUTSHELL:  An abused orphan is invited to attend an occult prep school.  Insert hijinks here.

GOOD THINGS:  Well it’s nicely done really and John Cleese is in it for a while.  It’s a very, very nice adaptation.  Yes, I read the book – so sue me.

BAD THINGS:  Lead character is sort of blah.  Cute as a button, but really an observer rather than a hero.

FEATURES:  Every British actor in the world, (even Rik Mayall but I think he was cut out)  upstarts Daniel Radcliffe, Ruper Grint and Emma Watson, he lovely Zoe Wanamaker

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Fear of being trampled by pre-teens in the ticket line

NOTABLE:  I love it when Alan Rickman is in an entirely different movie than everyone else.  In this one he’s in Die Hard IV: Fly Harder or something.  Every time he’s on screen, you can’t help but be entertained.  Alan Rickman super villain uber alles!

BEST PART:  The supercute Hagrid

BEST LINE:  I’m sure it was something Alan Rickman said that was great but more for his eye rolling and grimacing than the actual line.

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

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