Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Series: Fantastic Beasts #1
Released by Warner Bros. on 16 November 2016
Length: 2h 13m
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo.
"The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school."
About two years ago, J.K. Rowling announced there was going to be a movie about the book Harry and his classmates used for Care of Magical Creatures class, or rather its author, Newt Scamander. Bit by bit we learned more about this upcoming movie series, and this year it was finally time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
This first movie in the series takes place in New York, which I thought was very exciting. After years of only British Wizarding communities, we were finally going to learn more about the rest of the world. And it would take place in the 1920’s, which I have to admit is not my favourite historical setting, but still really cool!
I honestly had a lot of faith in this movie already, especially because the script has been written by J.K. Rowling herself, and the movie was directed by David Yates – but still, there was this little nagging voice in the back of my head telling me it could be just as horrible as The Cursed Child. But the moment I sat down in the cinema and the Warner Bros. logo disappeared, I knew I would love this movie already.
Newt has only just arrived in New York when a couple of the beasts in his suitcase escape. Together with two sisters, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and a No-Maj named Jacob, Newt has to find these beasts and capture them before the Wizarding community is revealed to the No-Maj’s. But there is something else brewing in New York, something far more dangerous than a Niffler or a Demiguise.
Damn, this movie was intense. I loved every minute of it, and I cannot think of anything I didn’t like. Maybe that the movie wasn’t mostly about the Beasts after all, but more about another type of danger, but that was incredible too so that wasn’t a bad thing, to be honest. We got to see enough creatures throughout the movie, and that was amazing.
I loved seeing all the new wizarding locations, such as a bar that felt like the Leaky Cauldron (or perhaps more like the Hog’s Head), MACUSA which is the ministry of magic in America, and just 1920’s New York, yeah!
As for the cast, I loved Eddie Redmayne as Newt. I could not have thought of anyone better than him, even though I was team Matt Smith for a while. I also gave my heart to the Goldstein sisters, who were both just amazing, and of course Jacob Kowalski, the No-Maj and comic relief in this movie. Still, I loved him very much and I really hope we’ll be seeing more of him later on. Collin Farrell as the antagonist was done pretty well. I’ve never been a great fan of him, but he played the role of Percival Graves really well. View Spoiler »The reveal at the end was mindboggling though, and I believe there were at least three people who audibly gasped in the cinema. I knew Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald would have a small cameo in this movie already, but I had no idea that it would be this! « Hide Spoiler
What I also loved so much was the music in this movie. We had none of the old composers come back for the movie, but instead, James Newton Howard did the score for this movie. You may know him from the Hunger Games movies, and I honestly thought he did amazingly! Just hearing Hedwig’s Theme throughout this movie made me teary-eyed and it brought so much more magic to the movie, in my opinion!
Last month, J.K. Rowling announced the Fantastic Beasts series had been extended from a trilogy to a five-part series, and I was overjoyed at that point already! Now that I have seen the first movie, I know I will love the other just as much. Especially since Rowling will write the scripts for the other four movies, ánd David Yates will direct them all. I cannot wait for my second childhood to start!
In the end, I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and you will definitely see me going to the next midnight premiere! (Perhaps even the red-carpet premiere, if there’s one in London next time).
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