A not so objective opinion on Newt Scamander’s adventure.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spinoff to the highly regarded Harry Potter series. And you’ll be glad to know that it still retains its thrilling, yet magical feel of the original Harry Potter films.
Although this movie welcomes newcomers, it would be a lot better when watched by Potterheads or those who have already watched the original films.
So if you haven’t watched them…What have you done with your life?! Close this tab right away and watch it right now!!! But if you have…Go ahead and continue reading.
Now, I’m a big Potterhead, so I can’t promise you that I’ll give an unbiased review, so instead I’ve decided to tell you some of the things I like and the things I don’t of this film. And without further ado…
I present to you the Pros and Cons of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
The cute beasts are simply the best! The title “Fantastic Beasts” were justified as the main focus of this film was the various beasts that live in the magical world. Some of them are scary, but I think most of them are actually cute. I find myself doing all sorts of, “awww!!”, “how cute”, and so on.
It has likeable characters. The main protagonists in this movie are Newt, a no-maj, a former auror, and a flirty Legilimens. Although might not seem much, I absolutely fell in love with them! Why?
- Newt because of his quirkiness and kind behavior towards his beasts – or should I say pet?
- Tina because of her strict and orderly actions that remind me of Hermione.
- Jacob because of his awkward and sincere acts that remind me of Ron.
- Queenie because of her dreamy voice and kinda foolish behavior that remind me of Luna.
As you can see, there are a lot character resemblances in this movie compared to the main one. But I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, it might actually be better than having a new set of a possibly one dimensional characters.
And it’s acted beautifully. Great characters meet with astounding casts are surely a spell for a great movie! Newt Scamander, a quirky magizoologist, is portrayed perfectly by award winning Eddie Redmayne. The rest of the cast are also to die for, ranging from an eerie Colin Farrell to the cheerful Alison Sudol. No complaint in the acting department for me!
Cool duels. The action scenes in this movie that involves dueling between wizards are not very much. But a particular scene where Newt and Tina have to escape from MACUSA has my eyes bewildered at how creative and stunning this action sequence is. And did I mention that it doesn’t even involves a lot of spells?
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Garnished with nostalgic soundtrack. As soon as the commercial ends, you will instantaneously be greeted by a quite familiar soundtrack. And it brings tears to my eyes, literally.
Unclear premise. In the trailers, this movie’s main plot is that Newt’s beasts has escaped and he goes on a journey to find them. Now, any human with brains will know that it would get a lot more convoluted than that. But I don’t think we expect it to be this confusing. It actually seems like there are actually two plots in this movie that only ultimately merge on the last minutes of the show.
Undeveloped characters. Rather than building their teamwork slowly, it seems like the writer had to put in so much in this movie that it has little room for character building. This resulted in a lot of doubts in the characters’ actions that would make you go, “But…Why?”
meh romance. Now, I don’t hate romance in a movie. But when you have to put in a little bit of spark between two particular characters, make it actually cute and romantic. Rather than being awkward and unnatural…
And what surprises me was that the romance between Jacob and Queenie was the one I loved. What I felt was awkward was the last parting scene of Newt and Tina. I just thought it was quite forced and hasn’t reached its momentum, yet.
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Forced plot twists. There are 2 main plot twist in this movie, which I won’t be spoiling. But in my opinion, rather than being there to shock the audience, they are there simply to give a plot for the sequels. However, I did find myself surprised at one of the twist, and it’s a good one… 🙂
In the end of the day, I think this movie is amazing. Its characters, plot, and even soundtracks are the ones I will be missing until the next one. So, if you’re still confused as to whether you should watch this movie or not…Definitely watch it. It is THE BEST MOVIE OF 2016, at least for me – and all the other Potterheads out there.
Your Runaway Panda.