Talking about the Harry Potter franchise involves using several adjectives. Among them: unique, special, magical, wonderful and all the best qualities that we can hang. Never had a saga been seen in the cinema that would take years to tell a narrative in this way. Each film was bringing new elements that we would see gradually intertwining until they reached their outcome. Specifically, we are talking that it took 10 years to complete.
It is important to remember that the protagonists were children of 11 years. So, we would see them grow and develop before our eyes, both the characters and the actors. If it turned out that you were a minor when it all started, then, this meant that both the protagonists and the plot were maturing with you. A whole feat!
One of the requirements dictated by J.K. Rowling to move his work to the cinema was that the cast was composed of British actors only. It is to be assumed that one of the logical reasons is because the whole story takes place in England, but we can also extract that she advocated the love for her country, which is more than commendable.
In any case, the decision of J.K. was very successful. Not only all the actors are of a high caliber but, as new films arrive, more characters are integrated and you realize that each one feels the role as a glove and you can not imagine them otherwise, it is more, anyone would say that Rowling conceived his work thinking of each actor and actress.
Of all the films, ‘The Philosopher's Stone’ is the most family-friendly. There was a critic who managed to be cited on the DVD by saying that he was 'The Wizard of Oz' of the current times. And the truth is that it is true. It is to see it and remember the magical/children's films of the 90s.
On the other hand, and being the first and as usual, it is the one that established the foundations of everything and how this magical world worked. It is where we will know the meaning of the word "muggle" (normal people; with no ability to use magic), preparations for the first course, we will see Hogwarts Castle and learn the first spell among many other initial contacts. For this, it may be the least interesting movie (compared to the others) but it's still fun.
One point worth mentioning, before continuing, is the Dursely family, who took over Harry when he was left at his door by Dumbledore. The Dursely are made up of Aunt Petunia (Fiona Shaw), Uncle Vernon (Richard Griffiths) and Cousin Dudley (Harry Melling). They have always been horrible with Harry having him almost as a servant.
Speaking of the protagonist trio we must say that, curiously, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter was the greenest of all. He did not do it badly but not as naturally as he should. So, we would say that it is presented just like those popular children/family films of the 90s, which implies fulfilling but not beyond as a role of this magnitude would require (as we would see in subsequent deliveries).
Rupert Grint played Ron Weasley. Here, Ron covered in a great way what was required while being completely credible. And at the same time demonstrating that what J. K. Rowling had created was something special.
Last but not least, we have Hermione Granger played by Emma Watson. If the former gave what was expected, the young actress also got it and beyond. She was sure of herself. As the sequels continued it was the most prominent. Such was her acting ability that, of the three, she has been the most successful in the world of cinema, having achieved the role of Bella for the real action version of 'Beauty and the Beast' of Disney.
This was the film that opened the doors to this magical world; both literally and metaphorically. It is true that the plot is not the best of all times, that the special effects are the worst and that the performance of Daniel Radcliffe is not all that could be expected... But even so, it is an excellent introduction that is fully enjoyed by all the charm that it has in all the sections that compose it.
Genres: Adventure , Family , Fantasy | Duration: 152 min | Year: 2001
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint , Emma Watson , Richard Harris , Tom Felton , Robbie Coltrane , Alan Rickman , Maggie Smith , Richard Griffiths , Ian Hart , Fiona Shaw , John Hurt , David Bradley , Matthew Lewis , Sean Biggerstaff