Christopher Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Columbus had most success with the first two films in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, along with Home Alone, winning a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. —Wikipedia
As an introduction the the series, this film does its job. The beginning is magical. There are few other moments as wondrous in the series as the introduction to Hogwarts, but soon after the awe begins to wash away, the film grows more and more tiresome. However, it is not a problem with the source material; the book deals with the plot marvelously. It is the adaptation where the problems arise.
Hindered by less than satisfactory direction, the plot becomes unbelievable and tired. It appears as though the filmmakers tried to fit the story within a standard Hollywood blockbuster narrative. Plot-wise, the trio’s actions and conviction in this film that Snape is after the stone seem unfounded and eventually ridiculous. The film suffers from a mediocre and unimaginative production design. There are a few elements that are spot-on, but the majority of the magical world is boring, seeming as though the art department based its designs off stereotypes and cliches. Some of the special effects are similarly not well executed this takes one out of the story. One of the best atributes of the film however, is the amazing casting. Every character fits perfectly and this helps set up a great series.
MY RANKING OF THE SERIES 01 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN Alfonso Cuarón 02 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 David Yates 03 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE David Yates 04 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX David Yates 05 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE Mike Newell 06 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 David Yates 07 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE Chris Columbus 08 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Chris Columbus