“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
What We Thought:
I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Well let me clarify that, I haven’t seen or read enough to be a fan/crazy diehard like some people I know. I’ve seen about 1 and a half movies from what I can remember and never read the books. I had to have someone explain to me how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them even fit in the Harry Potter universe. It’s a book within a book I guess.
Because of that, the movie did very little for me. It’s not hard to follow or anything, but because I know nothing about the backstory or why it’s relevant, I simply didn’t care about what was going on. Eddie Redmayne is perfectly fine and odd. I’m guessing he’s supposed to be odd especially as a Brit in the States with a box of animals.
I don’t get wrapped up in these films so they lose my attention pretty quickly and often. My biggest issue is, if you are a wizard and have a wand and that’s how you beat the bad guy most of the time, why not just do that from the start? Maybe I’m missing something, I don’t know. Plus the bad guy in this is pretty weak. You should be able to figure out who it is and then they defeat them.
The special effects and production is fine as well. It’s all CG and I prefer my effects practical. I guess if you grew up with this type of film it might amaze you, but nothing about the HP World has ever amazed me.
In reality it’s almost pointless to nitpick the film. I probably wouldn’t watch it again unless I binged the Harry Potter movies and fell in love with them. Fans will make this a blockbuster. I already know people who saw it on Thursday night screenings and raved about it. So me not being wowed about it is irrelevant.
I really don’t have much to say about Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It’s not from a franchise I care about, but fans are already lining up to see it. That’s what is important, what the fans think. It’ll make enough money and they’ll be four more afterwards.
Cast & Crew:
- Eddie Redmayne
- Dan Fogler
- Katherine Waterston
- Colin Farrell
- Ezra Miller
Recommended If You Like:
- Harry Potter (obviously)