It’s time for that review that I promised you guys. Yes, I have watched Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Today I’ll be looking at the good points and bad points of the film (of course, because it’s Harry Potter, I doubt there’ll be too many). So, without further ado, let’s get started!
November 18 2016
What is the Film About?
Taking place in the years before Harry Potter’s great adventures, a wizard by the name of Newt Scamander travels to America to discover and document all magical creatures he might encounter. Of course, it’s kind of based on the textbook that was written for Harry Potter’s classes, but this is the story behind that textbook. The film follows Newt as the magical creatures he’d brought along run rampant in the Big Apple.
There isn’t too much to say about the film, just yet, since it’s only been recently released, but from what I’d heard and read about, it is one hell of a ride (excuse the language). Not to mention, as an avid Harry Potter fan, I must say, this might just be the little bit of magic we need, now that Harry’s story is over.
Ok, so here are the numbers, in case you were wondering. As of 21st November 2016, the movie as so far grossed $261 million, making a profit of $46 million, when its production budget is considered ($180 million). I’m not much of a financier, but I’d say that that is impressive, considering it only took 3 days to generate that much money.
As the opening credits track their way towards us, that familiar and nostalgic tune we’ve all come to remember as the world of wizards and witches brings back those childhood memories and tell us that well used phrase “Once upon a time…”
Ok, so it doesn’t continue, and the Fantastic Beast’s tune starts to take over, but the reminder is still there that this is part of Harry’s expanded world and the subtle hints of the wizarding world we know echoes throughout the film. However, it isn’t the appearance of Harry or his friends that intrigue us this time. It is the world of wizards back in the 1920s, where relationships between magical and non-magical beings are tense and prejudices are at their peak.
Amongst the politics and regulations is a man by the name of New Scamander. Now, as an avid fan of Eddie Redmayne (ever since I saw him in Les Miserable that boyish and adorably hopeless klutz just gets to me every time!) I couldn’t wait to see him play the infamous Newt Scamander. Although, having said that, as soon as he appeared on the big screen, I couldn’t see him as Newt, all I saw was Eddie Redmayne looking awkward and excited to be in America. It took me almost half of the movie to see him as Newt, but I eventually got there.
Now, I won’t give any spoilers, but I must say, when Newt descended into his trunk, I was just as awed as Jacob (Dan Fogler) when he joined him. The wild ride that the film takes you on is nothing short of amazing. It was thrilling to be travelling around 1920 New York, and hunting wild and intelligent magical creatures that you almost wish were real (which they are because no one will convince me otherwise).
Of course, the CGI and the visual effects team should be given some due credit. The work on the film was awesome, and I don’t think I noticed too many faults, in fact, I could almost sing their praises for days for the seamless editing and if there were hidden Easter eggs or mistakes, they were very minimal, and I’d have to watch the film again, once I’m over the awe filter that prevents me from being too critical.
One thing, however, I did notice was the awkward way Newt handled the Thunderbird (because that’s a real bird in the wizarding world of Harry Potter). Either the effects team grew tired of creating the complex algorithms to make the bird look real, or it was just sloppy work, but I must admit, compared to the scene in Newt’s trunk, this was not something that I’d expect from the Harry Potter team.
Now for the plot…I must give credit to J.K. Rowling, she did a fantastic job on the script, and my praises go out to her. It’s not easy being a scriptwriter (believe me I know) but I guess all those years writing novels, and even now snippets of history that are linked to said books, does give her an advantage.
For the most part, the plot was well laid out, and despite my loathing for those “Second Salem-ers” as they’re called, I think this was a real hit. I loved the way the audience travels with Newt as he looks for his lost animals, and how he seems to simply just be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It does feel like his mix up is more coincidental rather than planned (which seems to be the case in most modern action/fantasy/sci-fi films).
My only qualm was the Second Salem-ers. Despite being crucial to the plot, I just felt like their scenes were simply fillers so that the audience could recharge from the hilarious and crazy experience Newt might come up with next. Although, having said that, just like the original Harry Potter films, there will always be that undertone of an oncoming war, so, I’ll give that a pass for now.
I loved it. Plain and simple, I loved the movie. Not only does it hark back to my childhood (leaving little subtle hints here and there), growing up with Harry and his friends, I loved the twists and turns the film gave us. There are some points you fully expected (and it’s not hard to miss), and there are some that you should have expected, but completely forgot because you haven’t read the books in a long time, or you haven’t watched the movie marathons like you were supposed to before watching this one. In any case, I suggest you watch this movie as soon as you can, because I promise you, if you loved Harry Potter, you’ll definitely love this one (even my manager, who isn’t even a Potterhead liked the film!).
Well, that’s it from me this time. Join me next week when I finally review Lindsey Stirling’s Brave new album. I know it’s late (just like Demi’s one), but hey, I’ve been busy. Watch out for my next review on Thursday!
The Bravest Heart
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