Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.
I was particularly fond of the degree to which it tied into the Harry Potter world at large. There were moments were I went “Oh Harry’s used that same spell before!” or characters that fitted naturally into the narrative being mentioned, as opposed to getting all _Agents of SHIELD_ season 1 on us, and awkwardly name-dropping something from the other films every 5 minutes, just in case we forgot, which was what I was afraid it might do.
End result, _Fantastic Beasts_ is a flawed film that I was still very happy to have watched, and exceeded my expectations.
_Final rating:★★★ – I personally recommend you give it a go._
Can watch again/10.
The magic and the magical animals are quite cool. The pocket universe (or whatever they are called in the Harry Potter world) is simply gorgeous and cool. The story is not really much to write home about but it does not have to be. This is a magical movie where the magical atmosphere is what makes the movie. It is a good enough story involving a bit of suspense, action, friendship, bad guys, quite some humor and, of course, a lot of magic. More importantly perhaps, the story is not overly stupid nor does is try to peddle crappy SJW nonsense messages about gender or diversity nor climate. This movie delivers where it counts as far as I am concerned. It is entertaining, plain and simple.
If I should endeavor try to find something to complain about it would probably be that the lead character was fairly bland. He did not really have much charisma. That and the fact that I never really understood which, despicable (presumably) acts the main opponent, Grindelwald, had actually committed before the events of the movie.
On the whole I enjoyed the movie a lot and although it is perhaps not the absolutely best movie I have ever seen but it still deserves a top rating.
I don’t want to be so negative like the film critics, but this is a big disappointment for me watching being a film fanatic. I don’t think anyone who loved ‘Harry Potter’ film series would thumb this new beginning. This is not like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ from the same universe, but different trilogies. I was excited for something like that, as a concept wise, for the fresh tale from from the fresh characters in the same universe. I don’t know about the book version, but the film did not click for me.
It had a bunch of nice characters, and to set in the Harry Potter universe, really it should have been a masterpiece. The major drawback was the story. There’s nothing to appreciate the screenplay. It’s about some creatures from the magical world got out in the human world, just like ‘Jumanji’. So our hero struggles to recapture them. Meanwhile, some others too involved in and the reason will be revealed in the final stage.
Nice casting and great visuals. I won’t point out its director’s fault, because he has done his duty very well. He’s also will be the man behind the rest of the sequels. I think it deserved the Oscars for the costume design. Not a bad film, particularly for the kids. Comparing it with the Harry Potter franchise makes it a worst film, but independently it is an okay film. So the initiation was average, but I’m still expecting the follow ups to be much better.