With the entire successful Harry Potter franchise preceding it, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had a lot to live up to. With J.K. Rowling and David Yates behind the movie this was no problem. It did help that the actors did an outstanding job at portraying their characters. Fans of J.K. Rowling went crazy for the new additions to the Potterverse: Eddie Redmayne as the Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterson as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, Dan Folger as Jacob Kowalski, and Alison Sudol as Queenie. The Golden Trio of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), are now making room for this group of charming misfits.
This spin-off of the original Harry Potter Franchise takes place in the year in 1926, in the great United States of America, as British Magizoologist, Newt Scamander (age 29) arrives with his, seemingly normal, suitcase. The suitcase is filled with a wide variety of magical beasts, most of which escape when it is opened by Jacob Kowalski, an unsuspecting No-Maj/Muggle. Chaos ensues as Newt’s creatures are not the only magical creatures loose in New York, sharing company with a very powerful, dark force of magic called an Obscurus which was also unleashed. The Obscurus threatening (unintentionally) to expose witches and wizards around the world. If doesn’t catch your attention then these two words will: Mating. Dance. You have to see it.
I was quite impressed with the storyline, J.K. Rowling didn’t have to cut anything out from a book this time (a fact which was not lost on fans). The actors were phenomenal at playing their own characters. Not to mention the breathtaking effects that were shown throughout the movie. I doubt it was a very easy movie to make, although with all technology available I may be wrong.With a bit of the plot above you could tell that this movie had a lot of potential: the costumes, the sets, the magic, and the fantastic beasts. With so much going on throughout the movie there were ample opportunities to show off.
The beasts certainly lived up to what we were promised by the movie title. The CGI in the film was simply phenomenal, I could’ve sworn they were real. Not to mention all the magic which occurred throughout the film. So much work was put into the visual effects in the movie that you would believe that it at one point happened. Words fail me as I try to describe the unparalleled work of art that I witnessed. This is without mentioning the wicked costumes. While keeping the style within the era but at the same time giving it a bit of zing.
Each of the characters had their own motivation and their actors gave them each their own personalities. Each of the four main protagonists had something that made you love them. Newt had his charming, yet awkward personality. Tina had her drive and tough exterior which in turn had a rather childlike heart (her little skip towards the end of the movie was adorable). Jacob had his general likable personality and resemblance to Ron Weasley. And last but most certainly not least, Queenie a quirky, light-hearted witch who has as big of heart as anyone.
There is so much that Harry Potter fans are hoping to see in the following four films, including (but not limited to) Newtina, Jakweenie (Jacob regains his memory), and if Credence is still alive (not to mention an epic duel between Grindelwald and Dumbledore) that you have to see them.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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