Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews
So when I saw the first trailer for this, I wasn't instantly hooked, but as new trailers were being released, I started to get more anticipated for this movie as I love Harry Potter minus the first two (the more childish ones).
The movie started off a bit slow but got more fast paced as time went on. Overall I liked it
As the first film in a budding series, there's a lot to introduce, and that is far and way the film's biggest shortcoming. There's numerous characters intruded in this story all at once, and with this comes all kinds of subplots to try to keep up with. The narrative feels jumbled and unfocused because of this: there was a lot of worry at the announcement of a trilogy (now apparently a whopping five film series) based on a fictional textbook managing just over 100 pages or so, and just one film into the franchise, it becomes evident why. The "Fantastic Beasts" side of the story wraps up by the 90 minute mark, and even that requires a lot of fluff. The rest of the story, essentially a prequel to many of the more notable Harry Potter characters, feels tacked on, like it belongs in a completely different movie. It's compelling material, moreso than enough entire saga based around the fantastic beasts, but the lack of focus hinders its development as the beginning of a story arc.
At the very least, Fantastic Beasts does a good job of introducing us to the characters of this brand new side of the Wizarding World. Newt Scamander's awkward introversion makes for a nice foil to the more confident Harry, and Eddie Redmayne brings a lot of warmth and charm to the role. Perhaps the biggest highlight is Dan Fogler's Jacob Kowalski, a non-magic New Yorker whisked away into the wondrous world of magic, something every diehard Harry Potter fan has dreamt of. Fogler avoids falling into dumb comedic relief territory, and instead, like Redmayne, brings a big heart to his character. On the other side of the narrative, Colin Farrell makes for a captivating antagonist, and Ezra Miller is a powerhouse as usual in what turns out to be a surprisingly tragic subplot. Again, sometimes it feels like it belongs in a different movie, but Farrell and Miller bring the kind of depth that could make this franchise into something truly special.