Takes risks that are well paid off
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001); 152 min., imdb rating: 7.2. For the first in the series, takes a great risks at having a runtime of 2 and a half hours. Seeing as people didn't know what to expect, they might not want to waste an hour and a half with a movie that might or might not suck. But, this movie took that risk and it was good they did. I can't imagine them fitting the whole first book into an hour and a half movie. It would suck! *Percy Jackson, the Lightening Thief* *ahem!*. eDUCATIONAL eNLIGHTENMENTS: The Harry Potter series was a big hit even before the movies...but the movies helped out a bit. Kids may like reading the books if they saw the movie and enjoyed it. pOSITIVE rOLE mODELS: Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermoine Granger all risk their lives (on multiple occasions) for each other and for the greater good. Ron also learns that it's not nice to pick on people just because they're smart(even if they CAN be a bit of a know-it-all), because, they might be a lot cooler than you thought, and he and Harry are rewarded for being nice to her by finding out that without her smarts and know-it-all, they would be dead VERY early on in the movie. vIOLENT vEIL aND sCARY sITUATIIONS: Harry and company encounter many a life-threatening situation and many a scary obstacle and/or creature. Including: A full grown, 10 foot or so, cave troll; A nasty, humongous three-headed dog, humorously named "Fluffy"; A grim reaper-esque, hooded shadow creature drinking Unicorn blood; Giant chess pieces trying to kill them; A two-faced man(one in front and one in back); A cute dragon that never gets violent. Also, children under 8 may- may!- WILL get the heebie jeebies from seeing the hooded figure drink the (silver) blood of a dead Unicorn and slowly hover towards Harry in a, slow but normal, dreamlike pace. nYEH nONSENSE (oR sEXUAL sTUFF): Some romantic tension between Ron and Hermoine can be found...kind of. Also, Ron and Harry go into the girls' bathroom to save Hermoine from a possible imminent demise(there are no girls in there other than Hermoine, who is fully clothed). oBSCENITIES aND oBSCENE pROFANITIES: 1 use of d*mn, h*ll, and *ss. dRUG dANGERS: Hagrid drinks sometimes. We see some characters smoking pipes. nEGATIVE rOLE mODELS: Harry, Hermoine, and Ron are easy(if not HAPPY) to immediately put the blame on Snape(a teacher whom none out of Slytherine is very fond of) for trying to steal the Sorcerers' Stone and bring He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named back. They also break many, many, MANY rules to save the day and get their proof. They sneak out after curfew, read restricted books from the library, lying to the faculty and students, and-to be quite frank- just being delinquents. And RARELY do they get a suitable punishment. cONCLUSION: With amazing special effects, surprisingly strong performances by such a young cast, and a magical story and twists, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers' Stone is a magnificent movie that will take you into a whole other world, and because of this, I'm especially grateful it's 2 and a half hours! Check out my other reviews of the series (including an upcoming one of Deathly Hallows part 1), Don't forget to check out my other reviews, please feel free to leave a compliment if you found this helpful, till CHAMBER, I'm T-Rod, and I'll catch you later!
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Positive role models