Ok guys, I have a confession. I am a giant Harry Potter fan. I attended all but one of the midnight book premier parties, watched all of the midnight showings of the movies, and even ran through the streets of Burbank at midnight searching for shops that were willing to sell me a copy after my preorder fell through. It worked, by the way. In fact, as I sit here typing this, I am wearing a Hogwarts t-shirt, a Gryffindor Sweater, and can see my replication of Ron’s wand on the shelf in front of me. Does that paint a clear picture for you?
And you know what? I loved this movie. I heard mixed reviews, many saying that true Harry Potter fans would find Fantastic Beasts disappointing. No, it was not as good as many of the other Harry Potter films, but those films had books and years of development to add depth to the characters and story. Newt and his pals are new for us. It will take more than just the first movie to be as attached to him as we are to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine (if that’s even possible). I say, don’t compare it to the other Harry Potter’s. Watch it for what it is, a new story in a familiar universe.
Eddie Redmayne was endearing as the soft spoken, slightly odd, magical creature enthusiast. There was something childlike in his portrayal, a sweet innocence, especially in his interactions with the creatures (which certainly were Fantastic!). His general uncertainty about humans contrasts his blind love of all creatures, giving us a little peak into the humble scientist.
Of course, Redmayne’s wasn’t the only wonderful performance. Ezra Miller (previously seen in Perks of Being a Wallflower, did a wonderful job as the dark and brooding Credence. Dan Folger was delightful as Newt’s sidekick Kowalski. And Katherine Waterston’s Tina was sharp, motivated, and full of gumption.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of this film, which works to set up the ultimate struggle between Grindelwald and Dumbledore. The chase scenes were exciting and pretty much any scene with a creature in it was adorable. I love this cast and the grouping of these characters. The story thread, that will continue on to future films, was captivating and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I definitely recommend this film to any fellow Potterheads out there.
I’ve added a picture of me in my glorious sweater to show off my nerdiness.
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