On Monday I had the pleasure of going to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and it was awesome! Before we delve in to the review itself, I would like to state that I am not a Harry Potter fan. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. I can appreciate the world building that goes in to any series that takes place just outside of our reality; however Harry Potter never really did it for me. I read all the books growing up and continued with the movies and just never got lost in them. This movie may have changed all of that.
I was a bit hesitant going in because of the lack of diversity that was apparent in the few trailers that I saw. It was nice to be a little wrong on this particular issue; while not being the most inclusive when it comes to casting, there were quite a bit more People of Color than I had previously thought. Different races pop up all over the magical world set in New York, circa. 1926; the movie also started to tackle some issues that we are currently seeing in our own society today. Talks about keeping the two worlds separate and being forbidden from marrying outside of your race hit all too close to home.
Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne pairs up with Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) who is a No-Maj, someone who is not a wizard, a Muggle (duh). Later on they team up with a magic investigator by the name of Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) in order to protect the wonderful creatures that Scamander loves so dearly from another investigator Percival Graves (Collin Farrell).
Throughout the entire movie I was captivated by everything, much like the previous Harry Potter films there are all these nuances to each scene that you might not notice until you re-watch it. Every frame is used to its full capacity, especially when they are in magical settings. This prequel also gives us a little bit more history in to some of the things that we end up seeing later on down in Harry’s timeline.
Fantastic Beasts certainty lives up to its name, all the creatures that we were given a chance to see ended up being the show stealers for me. Each little and not so little creature was given its own personality and it made it that much more real. Here’s hoping we get a petting zoo in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Orlando sometime soon.
If you have the chance add this movie to your must watch list before it leaves theatres, it is deserving of a big screen viewing. I give it 5 out of 5 wands.
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