Short review: Potterheads approved!
Longer review: I should start by saying that I would read JK Rowling’s grocery list with passion, so it is coming from an extremely biased place.
Whenever anything related to the Harry Potter fandom gains momentum I get scared, it feels as if someone is playing catch and throw with the best memories of my childhood. The Cursed Child almost took it to the limit but with the Fantastic Beasts it looks like us Potterheads can do a collective sigh of relief because -it’s simply brilliant
Let us start at the start, the Warner Bros symbol and Hedwig’s theme before the title cards almost made me cry with joy. The movie opens in NewYork when Newt Scamander lands there with a suitcase full of magical creatures. A Niffler escapes and when Newt goes looking for him, he runs into Jacob Kowalski a No-Maj (American lingo for muggle) and Tina Goldstein, a demoted auror. Newt’s timing could not have been worse, as at the same time, some strange and mysterious forces are attacking New York city and the magical community is clueless.
There isn’t so much as a plot and it isn’t as eventful as the original movies and there are some things that did not make much sense to me, perhaps it was intentional considering it is the first of a series of fantastic beasts movies. Visually it could not have been any better, all the creatures looked utterly magical and it was hard to take eyes off the screen most of the time. There is a light-hearted nature to the dialogues all throughout. Same goes for casting, all the main and supporting cast looked so perfect in their roles. I especially loved Eddie Redmayne and Carmen Ejogo and shall we take a moment to appreciate the fact that the President of MACUSA is a woman?
I had to remind myself from time to time that this isn’t a harry potter movie and Luna Lovegood or Neville Longbottom is hence not going to magically appear.
The story takes its time to get to the point so the ending felt a bit rushed, also with all the harry potter movies it was impossible not to feel that you were a part of the world of magic and that factor was really missing but perhaps it is expecting too much! There are mentions of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, and Grindelwald to make your heart stop for a moment. There are some surprises which might or might not depend on how you feel about certain actors.
I would definitely recommend this movie even if you aren’t a fan (!) of the HP series. It can stimulate your imagination and leave you feeling as if you have witnessed an outstanding display of fireworks or northern lights or a meteor shower.
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