And I've been putting this off for way too long, so I thought it was time I just... posted it!
So here is the long awaited Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Film Review!
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Film Review
Leading up to the time when I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I didn't find out that much about it. I didn't really need to know much, because no matter what it was about, I know I was going to love it.
I knew it was set in like the 1920s, and that it was set in America, but with a British protagonist, from the trailer. (Hufflepuff- originally thought he was a Ravenclaw-don't know why, sorry guys!) But that was all I knew about it.
I had high hopes for this film, especially after the Deathly Hallows a few years ago.
I was not disappointed. Not even a little bit.
The first thing I want to talk about is how amazing it all looked. It portrayed the 1920s perfectly. Old fashioned, yet traditional houses, that gave character and an extra edge to the world. But there was also a sense of secrecy (which was the magic) behind the walls that muggles (in America they called them nomaj- no magic) thought they lived in.
Which brings me to my second point. As Newt Scalamander (protagonist) roamed around the city, trying to find and contain wild monsters, things got a little out of control. So concealing the magic from the nomaj's was a big part of this film, which I liked, because as the film progressed and developed, this got more and more series and dark. It went from being a concern, to being a main part from the plot. And that's what I liked. Sometimes it was jokey and light-hearted, and suddenly the whole film got very dark and series.
In fact that's another point I'd like to make- the film wasn't completely light-hearted, but it also wasn't doom and gloom either. The film had scenes that were powerful, and beautiful, that made you feel as free as air. There were a spattering of dark and serious scenes, and these scenes were eerie and strange and twisted, and sat deep down in your gut. They weren't particularly scary, but they were creepy, and they made you feel... vulnerable, I wanna say. And then there were the fast paced, yet funny scenes, as Newt Scalamander tried to gain and maintain control as we were introduced to the smaller, and quirkier creatures that he was sent to New York to find.
And then there were the scenes at the end. Epic. There's no other way to describe them. At this point in the film, you were so invested in the film that nothing else is in your mind, except that these characters succeed, and peace is restored (I'm not going to divulge in the plot, because that would be spoiling you, and I'm not going to be doing that). But those scenes were crazy, and yet beautiful, and... there are no words really.
Now, on to characters. They don't seem like much at the start, but as the story progresses and changes and develop, they grow with the story and you become emotionally attached, in the space of a couple of scenes. And they're not one dimensional either. You see them fall and grow and learn, until you don't recognise them as the characters they were at the start of the film. The main characters are a team, each having their own individual quirks and smirks and traits, and it's their journey that you follow. At the start, the characters don't seem to be able to compare to the rest of the film: the plot, the world that has been build, the cinematography that makes it all look so magnificent. But they hold their own in the story, and you really grow to love them so, (and this is for one scene in particular) when something heart-breaking and tearful happens, you're right along with them, to the point when you're emotionally scarred afterwards.
But this film isn't just about those moments. All these scenes, pulled together, form one big country of magic, of love, of adventure, with a side of quirkiness and laughter throughout the entire film. If you can't already tell, I was blown away by this film, and I hope I've shown this in the review.
I really don't know what else I can say about this film except GO AND SEE IT!
One last thing. J K Rowling, I take my hat off to you for creating this immensely complicated, yet flawlessly beautiful world that we, your loving fans have been able to explore. I will certainly be seeing the next four films in this series, because it they are anything like this one, they are guaranteed to be absolutely incredible.
That was my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them! I hope you enjoyed it, and I really hope this review is enough to make you all go and see it, because it really is as good as I say it was.
So I will see you all on Friday, when I will be reviewing Paper Towns, by John Green!
I hope you enjoyed this review, and I will see you all then!