Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is an orphan boy of ten years who lives with his uncles Vernon and Petunia and his terrible cousin Duda. Abused by his relatives, the boy sleeps in a closet under the stairs, in addition to picking up from his cousin the whole time. On his eleventh birthday, a strange thing happens: he is taken by a jumbled giant to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he meets Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint). Little did he know that as a baby he had defeated the cruel and feared Voldemort-and that Voldemort was waiting for revenge.
Directed by Chris Columbus, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the adaptation of JK Rowling’s first work and his plot is based on explaining the origin of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), his family history, his entrance and adaptation in Hogwarts and his Mission to confront and defeat Voldemort. Despite being a good plot, the feature is lost in over-developing each part of the story, and we have as a result a film too long and with too much emphasis on less important points.
The characters of Harry’s uncles, Vernon and Petunia, are extremely stressed, as is the character Dudley. All these incarnate cliches of the boy’s disgruntled relatives, but since they only appear in the first part of the first act of the film, such an emphasis is unnecessary.
The technique of the hero’s journey is well used in the film, with well defined but exaggerated points in time. When we arrive in the middle of the film, we do not hear or speak of the philosopher’s stone, added to the title of the film.
On the other hand, the friendship between the main character and his supporting characters is well emphasized and developed, which saves the plot from its negative points. I would like to emphasize that Emma Watson is perfect in the role of Hermione, managing to take on the character very well.
Because it is a 2001 film, one can’t expect super special effects but the animations contained in the film are good.
As far as the soundtrack is concerned, we have something very fantastic, childlike, interesting. It becomes indispensable in the installation of the emotion of each moment of the plot. The mixes of noises and ambiance are not amazing, but they are reasonable.
Although long, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is rather a good attraction for the family, but it is far from being one of the best films of all time.