“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a tale of an awkward hero, badass creatures and a no cheese eco-friendly message.
Hello denizens of Pottermore! I’d first like to start off this review stating that the latest edition to the Harry Potter film franchise surpassed my expectations, not by much, but it was better than I expected. This film, being from such a well-loved fantasy universe, had a decent amount to live up to and it surpassed it in its visuals, storytelling, and solid plot line.
The most important part of the film itself is within the title: fantastic beasts. The graphics are simply stunning. The scene featuring an exhibition of the creatures (Do I need to put a spoiler alert in here? Honestly a montage of magical animals would be kinda expected don’t ya think?) could only be described as majestic. Of course, it’s hard not to be when there’s a giant, badass, four-winged bird, giant rhinos and collapsible reptilian birds within the scene.
When it comes to the movie’s storytelling and plot, it was just as pleasant as the visuals. The chronology is very smooth, natural and isn’t forced. It progresses in a way where the characters that need to be properly developed and sympathized for are and during the film I never once wondered to myself why a certain character was introduced and given screen time. In regards to comic relief, it is in good taste, never at the wrong moment, and spread plentifully throughout, and there’s more humor than most of the original Harry Potter movies. The movie follows a pretty straight forward scenario so there’s not much to contradict or mess up, which makes for an even better story if you ask me.
What I personally loved about the movie was the slight eco-friendly message it gave. Whenever someone tries to implement a pro-rare species or eco-friendly message in a TV series or movie, I feel it comes off too subtlety and needs to be pondered about to be found, or it comes off to strongly, resulting in mass corny-ness, and the plot or epic-ness suffers for it. But the way this film has presented the idea of respecting our unique creatures is one to be respected and imitated; the main character makes it his personal mission to achieve this and, because this is more of a minimal subplot, it doesn’t get in the way of the film, but does much to enhance it; kudos to the producers.
Personally, I don’t believe this is a must-see life changing movie, but you will get your money’s worth. If you are an average movie-goer, it’s not a bad bet. For the serious Potter fans out there, this will be enough to supplement your need for wizardry. I was pleasantly surprised as I went into the theatre expecting a 6 or 7, but I would honestly give the movie a solid 8.
This is ElectricSMG signing off until my next review!