Revue of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Directed By: David Yates
David Yates the director of the Harry Porter brings to life another magical JK Rowling story. Set in New York in 1926, this film follows the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) an eccentric wizard and magical creature enthusiast, who manages to lose one of his creatures in the city and enlists Porpetina (Kathrine Waterston) to assist him recapture them. However, to further worsen his predicament, he inadvertently blows the cover of the witches in the city sending them on a collision course with the city’s No Majs’ who have been hitherto, ignorant of their presence.
You see ehn, Eddie Redmayne is simply a fantastic actor. His portrayal of the bumbling but absolutely lovable Newt was exceptional because his acting style is just a perfect fit for the role. All the Harry Potter fans will be absolutely satisfied with the magical world that JK Rowling (as always) has managed to weave. The imagination of that woman is simply out of this world (literally). The way the Harry Porter films were subtly woven into this film’s backstory was commendable especially with mentions of Dumbledore and Newt’s expulsion from Hogwarts and how he became the author of one Hogwart’s most important text books.
I must commend the CGI of the film because it was so fluid and believable. However, great CGI does not a good movie make. This film like many movies that intend to start a franchise, there just seemed to be so much stuffed into one movie that one is in danger of losing sight of the idea of the movie. Funny enough, I am noticing a trend where audiences don’t seem so fascinated by brilliant visual effects anymore. I think people have been exposed to so much CGI that they are now numb to it and expect top notch visual effects all the time, so I think it’s time for movie producers to find another way to wow audiences.
I know this is going to be strange coming from me but I am not a fan of Harry Porter. I am kind of uncomfortable with so much magic being thrown around, maybe I am just a superstitious mumu but that’s just me. For the Porter fans however, they will definitely get a kick out of this movie because it is hugely enjoyable.
Have a swell time.
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