I’m gonna make this movie review short and sweet because if you’re a Harry Potter fan, or would like to pique your curiosity about the HP universe, then Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is something you gotta see.
The plot begins with something like this:
The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. (from IMDB.com)
What I loved:
- It’s the Harry Potter universe, really, what’s not to love? It felt nostalgic and magical. It reminded me of my childhood days when I would dream about getting my Hogwarts letter.
- The Fantastic Beasts! Curious and interesting little buggers. I wish they had spent a great deal more time in talking about the beasts themselves, but I’m sure that’s what the actual book is for. HAHA.
- Newt Scamander is awkward AF. It’s adorable and Eddie Redmayne could not have brought the character to life in any better way.
- All the casting surprises! I’ll say no more but JUST.WATCH.IT.
What I didn’t like so much:
- The color scheme, I guess? There were a lot of times I was squinting because of the muted color palette. The film is set in New York but it’s like they shot the scenes in London. LOL.
- As much as I love Eddie Redmayne, that Brit accent makes a lot of things that come out of his mouth hard to understand. He mumbles a lot, too, so keep your ears peeled when he starts explaining some things. But then again, that’s the charm of how he portrayed the character.
I’ve got no major complaints about the film, really. It was entertaining, fun, adventurous, a good combination of the brilliance of the Philosopher’s Stone days mixed with a bit of the dread from the Deathly Hallows.
The characters were compelling and intriguing,and there’s no telling what’s inside awkward Newt Scamander’s mind. The comedy provided by the No-Maj Jacob is not too trying hard and you’ve got a little reminder of Hermione Granger in Tina and Luna Lovegood in Queenie.
It’s a wonderful film. Perfect for those hardcore fans who have been missing the Harry Potter world and a great introduction to those who are in it for the entertainment. 🙂
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is opening in cinemas today (November 17)! Catch the film now, you won’t regret it. (P.S. Thank you to Earl from Thefanboyseo for the invites to the media screening. You’re the best!)
*Images from IMDB.com
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