I don’t think I was the only one to be completely over the moon about the release of Fantastic Beasts. I’ve seen it twice and loved it more with each time I went. I just had to write my thoughts down because I can’t contain my love any longer!
If you weren’t aware – in other words living under a rock. Fantastic Beasts takes place in New York WAY before Harry Potter was even conceived let alone save the entire Wizarding World. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) accidentally loses and releases a few of his magical creatures into the city. But tensions are running high as mysterious attacks keep happening throughout the city.
This story is magical. I was dubious whether or not this was going to be any good, because let’s remember that it is based on text book. But the way they ran everything together worked extremely well, it was interesting and had a wonderful way of keeping you on the edge of your seat. You don’t see the twists and turns coming which is quite a feat in modern cinema.
I loved the subtext about the No-Maj and the backwards laws they had against making friends, and marrying them. It was well done and well written. It felt completely natural that we should be questioning these kind of laws. I suppose it was the first sense of the restraints that wizards had put on themselves in order not to be found out by the No-Majs.
The only thing I have to complain about this film, would have to be the direction they chose to go in. Now the final product was well done and I definitely enjoyed it. However I wish they had showed Newt finding and collecting all his magical creatures. It would have been amazing to learn about the creatures in their natural habitat – but that’s just me being picky I think.
My favourite character in Fantastic Beasts has to be Newt. I love his quirkiness and being played by the ever so handsome Eddie Redmayne sure doesn’t hurt either. I thought that the fact he was obviously unaware of how to communicate with people was endearing. His love of animals and creatures was a wonderful outlet, and it really brightened the entire character’s face. It was a wonder to see and experience.
Least favourite character would have to be Credence. I thought his character was underplayed and there could have been so much more done with his plotline and story. It was a shame really I would have liked to have that information if I’m honest.
If you are a huge fan of Harry Potter like me. Then I have no doubt that you will see the magic in this story. But I definitely don’t think that this is a film solely reserved for those who are invested in the world already. It’s a film that you could watch as a standalone and appreciate on its own.
Have you seen Fantastic Beasts? If you have, did you enjoy it as much as I did or did you find some of it problematic like some of the reviews? Let me know in the comments below.
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