It was a real nostalgia trip for me to re-watch this film, and I was ready to emerge disappointed, but to my surprise this film actually holds up pretty well. At the center we have some pretty diabolical child acting, but if you look past that you’ll find a genuinely well executed family film that is a solid introduction to the world of Harry Potter before it turns dark. It is by no means perfect and there are some pretty big blunders, but the production design alone is commendable, and although Alan Rickman is severely underused he is still perfect.
What I admire most about Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, aside from the fact it feels as though he was branching into maturity with his writing, it’s that this is not a straight forward film. There are times when I’m smiling and laughing at the happiness the characters are experiencing, which are counterbalanced by moments where I’m having my heart ripped out and handed to me in a fucking paper bag because of the crushing honesty found in the dialogue. This is genuinely a fantastically written, funny film that is utterly heartbreaking, but you love every minute and want more.