I am sooooo late with this one but I finally saw it and it was worth the wait!
How embarrassing! I meant to see this as soon as it was released but got slammed with holiday stuff. Though, that didn’t stop Hubby from getting Rogue One tickets in advance. Priorities right? Well, better late than never.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 2016)
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.
Rating/ Runtime: Pg-13, 2hr 13
Would it be awful if I said that I think I am going to like these movies better than the Harry Potter ones? Don’t worry fellow Potter fans, it’s just a tiny inkling. It’s far too early to make that call but I did enjoy Fantastic Beasts immensely.
The acting was great but that’s not what made Fantastic Beasts so amazing. Not for me anyway. For me, it was all about the special effects and cinematics. The juxtaposition of the 1920’s setting (even the colours were muted and vintage looking) and the modern effects used to create the magic was just spectacular to behold. Couple that with seeing the American counterparts that we all know and love from Harry Potter, and I was blown away. It was brilliant! I can see why Rowling wrote this for the big screen because I don’t think we could have conjured the same imagery reading it. That said, I haven’t read the screenplay but I do think this was a smart move on her part.
Additionally, having a purely adult storyline and characters was a nice change of pace. And there are some wonderful new characters too. Queenie is delightful! Just wait till you meet her. I am so looking forward to the next installment. For the record, I have no issue with Johnny Depp playing Grindewald. He has always played quirky roles well and I think he will be fantastic.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is a wonderful family film (mature kids), but of course, you don’t need kids as an excuse to see it. If anything, I think this movie and future installments are for the parents.