Join me in for the first step into the magical world of British character actors, child-sized horror-mystery, and wild swings of tone as I watch and comment on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I like the series quite a lot and this film is no exception. Your mileage may vary.
I’ve never read any of the books, so I stick almost entirely to exploration of the movies. But I analyze the plot and compare it to myths and folklore and the other films in the series. I complain that prophesies are used incorrectly in modern film, that Hermione is an author avatar that doesn’t even make sense. And I compare the characters here with their development (or lack thereof—or even regression) in the later films. And I touch on visual effects, consistency, setup-and-payoff, and mommy logic.
I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the film right with the Warner Brothers backlot logo, on the countdown.