USE THE SOURCE
A Video Review of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker
This is the first movie I've seen that is dead on with its source material. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is almost exactly like the book. It is a refreshing change from other successful books made into films where the hacks in Hollywood feel it's necessary to 'sanitize' the material for public consumption. After all if the public could read, they wouldn't be at the movies, right?
The casting of the three young primaries and the teaching staff and everyone else is perfect. Again, as if the book had simply come to life. Daniel Radcliffe, Herbert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris and especially Robbie Coltrane make this movie what it is; perfectly cast from the book.
The special effects are visually amazing and the story is full of wonder at every corner. And wonderment is what it's all about. From the first visit to Diagon Alley to the introduction to the Hogwarts School all one can do is marvel in astonishment at the imagination displayed.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is one of the best and the sequels should follow suite. It's a terrific adventure for the whole family.