Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews
Fantastic Beasts really scratches that itch of jumping back into the Wizarding World after the end of the Harry Potter series, but it absolutely assumes you are at least partly familiar with the source material.
The characters are well portrayed, and lovable, with the muggle very nearly stealing the show. It expands the world building from Hogwarts and Great Britain to the Americas and the rest of the world, which is awesome.
However, one nagging issue I had was that the Wizard characters avoided using magic (spells we've already know exist) in situations where it would have helped immensely. I can only assume the reason for this was to insert some visual set-pieces, but it seemed like a real oversight.
I really appreciate and respect that JK Rowling is writing these screenplays because I believe the original author should always have final say over their creations as long as they live. Now I can't wait for more!
This fantasy film certainly has amazing special effects, costumes, and set designs. The film started well, though was a little hard to follow. But I felt that it then lost its way, with some scenes going for too long and others with too much of a dark focus. A over 2 hours, this movie was too long. It certainly doesn't match up with the Harry Potter movies. The major issue I had with the film was Eddie Redmayne. He was miscast in this role and, due to his constant mumbling, was almost impossible to understand. I could only hear about 10% of his dialogue clearly. Let's hope the sequel doesn't suffer from this also.
Eddie Redmayne does a tremendously good job playing the Role of Newt Scamander. All the other actors are good as well, but not as good as Radmayne. The only actor that comes up to Eddie is Dan Fogler but thats probably just thanks to his character Jacob Kowalski. Kowalski is the representer of us, the audience, and thanks to that you can even watch the movie if you haven't been in touch with Harry Potter. And for the Potter Fans it's just a nice extension of the wizarding world, we all know and love.
The Music is good and sounds familiar, like in the Potter films. The Visuals are pretty good and they look a lot like the effects from the last Harry Potter Parts, who also were created by David Yates. The Story is pretty good, but nothing special and in my opinion it focuses too less on the Beasts and more on the storyline of Credence and Graves, which is kind of sad since the movie series is called Fantastic Beasts. But apart from that it's a good movie.