Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

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  • Director: David Yates
  • Writer: J.K. Rowling
  • Cast Included:  Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Allison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller… 
  • 2h13mins

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

 

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

 

 

 

 

I loved this film but I have to give it 4.5 stars instead of 5 because I felt like the first half of the movie was almost a bit unrelated to the second where the main conflict appears more visibly, so to speak. It’s like in the first part the conflict is only grazed. It’s there from the beginning but it should have been more… more? Newt spends most of the first half of the movie looking for his creatures (which is completely understandable of course and it makes sense) but I think maybe they should’ve spanned it out more into the second half. (By ‘main conflict’ I mean the obscurus at the end that turned out to be you know who…(no, not Voldemort)). 

Newt Scamander is the type of person who prefers the company of magical creatures and animals than people – which I can strongly relate to. He was a bit socially awkward I think, looking at people from the side, commenting on how ‘he annoyed people’. He does grow more ‘open’ to people by the end of the movie I think. At least, he shows some interest and concern for them. (Eddie Redmayne did such a good job!)

Now, regarding the creatures:

  • I loved pretty much all of them except the weird flying things because they would freak me out in real life, the over sized dung beetles which would also freak me out in real life…. because normal size bugs in general already freak me out, let alone the over sized ones…. 
  • But favorites were definitely the Occamy(s), Frank (a Thunderbird) and the Niffler (a.k.a. – a mole-like creature which has a very deep pouch (like a Kanguru’s yes) who likes shiny things).

The plot and the setting were great ( I love the 1920’s in America) and the cast did a fantastic job as well.

Here’s some fun facts:

  • Fantastic Beasts has been confirmed to be a 5 part movie series.
  • The sequel comes out in 2018 and is already in pre-production.
  • 1926, the year in which the film is set, is also the year Voldemort was born.
  • There’s an ‘original screenplay’ book version available on Book Depository:

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Have a nice Sunday and please do go watch this wonderful movie!!

 

 

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