If you follow my blog you may already know that I love the Harry Potter movies. It took me a while to see all of the films and get what’s going on in the story but once I have I have enjoyed these movies immensely. When it was announced that there would be a new bunch of movies that would be a part of the Wizarding World I was excited but I wasn’t utterly thrilled. When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out I didn’t go to see it in the movie theaters and I tried to watch it in early 2017 but I didn’t finish it. I have not watched it since.
So, imagine my surprise when I turned on the television the other evening and saw that it was playing. I was so excited. Maybe finally I could watch this movie and understand what was happening.
For the next two and a half hours or so I was sucked into a world with awe-inspiring creatures, lovable characters, and purely thrilling magic. By the time the film concluded I was beaming with elation. I loved it! Yes, it’s no Harry Potter film but it still managed to retain a hint of the same magic J.K Rowling presented us within the Harry Potter franchise.
So, here’s my really late review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Newt Scamander is clearly one of the most unique characters I have ever seen in a film and Eddie Redmayne is the PERFECT actor to play him. He brings such an effortless infectiously lovable personality to a character who could easily be annoying if played by someone with less acting prowess. Like Harry Potter, Newt Scamander is a character worth caring about and he’s a huge part of the reason why I enjoyed this film so much.
He, however, isn’t the only good thing about the movie. His co-stars were just as fun to watch as well.
Sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein are fascinating female additions to the story. Both are strong, independent, and perfectly girly in their own ways. Queenie is the “pretty” sister who woos men with a simple glance while Tina is much more shy about her appearance and her affiliation with men, making her relationship with Newt Scamander so sweet.
Ah, they’re so cute together. *floating hearts*
And Jacob Kowalski is absolutely hilarious and clearly my second favorite character in the film just behind Newt Scamander. He is all of us as he participates on this wild adventure in the world of magic. When he has a minor conniption because he has just seen something that shouldn’t be possible we laugh because we feel the same way. But what makes Jacob such a fun character isn’t just the fact that he’s comedy relief but because he’s also just as heroic as his magical friends.
And the beasts living within Newt’s fascinating briefcase were absolutely incredible. There were so many amazing creatures to marvel at and I found myself staring at the screen in mere awe.
I also LOVED the dynamic the story brought by residing in New York City. For as long as we’ve known this franchise the story has always resided in the United Kingdom so to see that there are wizarding factions and organizations all over the world is truly remarkable.
While I have heavily presented how much I love the protagonists of this film Colin Farrel’s Percival Graves is one of the blights to the film’s quality. With a villain as iconic, downright frightening, and intimidating as Voldemort it’s kind of sad to see that this movie doesn’t have an antagonist of the same quality. His creepy motive to recruit Credence Barebone because of his wildly destructive ability as an Obscurial was boring and he simply didn’t ooze the menacing aspect of a feared villain.
Of course, he becomes Gellert Grindelwald, the primary antagonist of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and while I haven’t heard the nicest things about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the character I’m hoping he’s a more convincing villain than Percival Graves.
And the tedious scene involving Newt and Jacob trying to place the Erumpents back in the briefcase is supreme boredom. It’s one of those scenes that you struggle to watch and hope the end is coming soon because it is so very boring and ridiculous. Beyond this scene though, there aren’t many other cringe-worthy moments in the film.
My Conclusion of the Film
What I love the most about this film is how fun it is to watch. J.K Rowling truly is a genius of storytelling and story building. She creates characters worth caring about, her world is fascinating and her creatures are incredible, and I am absolutely thrilled to watch the sequel. To think that the next film will feature Albus Dumbledore in some capacity is exciting indeed.
No, this film isn’t perfect by a long shot but I did enjoy it very much and I will most likely watch it again in the future.
I’m giving this movie 89 out of a 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. If the next movie is better than this I am going to be a very happy camper. 🙂
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a phenomenal day.