Reviewed byAris25Vote: 8/10/10
I admit walking into the theater, I was very excited but also a littleapprehensive. I should not have worried at all though, Fantastic Beastsand Where to Find Them was incredibly enjoyable! Rowling's magicalworld is as alluring and fun as ever! For me, the best thing about thismovie is exactly that. Exploring this world.
In the Harry Potter saga, with the exception of Deathly Hallows, mostof the action was confined in Hogwarts. When we were taken out of theschool, the main characters, being underage, were not allowed to domagic. The novelty in this movie is that we get to follow a fullyfledged adult wizard in an entirely new environment and observe thedynamics and workings of the magical society.
Said wizard is Newt Scamander, a magical zoologist that traveled theworld in order to find and document rare creatures, which he carries inhis magical suitcase. When this suitcase gets mixed up with one thatbelongs to muggle Jacob, some of Newt's creatures escape and causeproblems in New York.
Eddie Redmayne shines in this movie. He plays a very clearly British,endearing and slightly awkward Newt, but the character's kindness isobvious by the loving and friendly way that he treats his magicalcreatures. Dan Fogler does a great job as Jacob Kowalski, the mugglewho is suddenly thrown into a world of wonder that existed beside himall along. He is the one the audience can best relate to, since hemirrors our sense of marvel. Katherine Waterstone and Alison Sudol alsodo a good job as the two vastly different magical sisters, who aid Newtin his adventure. If I had a small gripe, it would be that theexcellent Colin Farell was in my opinion under used.
All in all, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid andvisually stunning movie that manages to achieve three things.
First, although it takes place in the Harry Potter universe, it standsapart and has its very own story, which can be enjoyed separately fromthat of the famous young wizard. Second, it drops quite a few hints andnames, which not only tie in nicely with the stories that we know, butalso serve to set up the next installments, which are rumored todocument Dumbledore's past and connection with Grindelwald. Finally,the movie features a bustling 1926 New York, which coupled with theintriguing character dynamics, offers a brand new insight into Rowlingmagical world and leaves us poor muggles asking for more.
After following Harry's adventures, many of us were left wanting to seemuch more of the story and luckily for us, it seems Rowling has thatmuch more to offer. Personally, I can't wait for the next movie, greatjob!
Reviewed byRobin VangampelaereVote: 8/10/10
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off of the highlysuccessful Harry Potter-franchise. Naturally, there were greatexpectations for this first part of a whole new franchise in the J.K.Rowling's wizarding world and I can honestly say that it deliverseverything you would dreamed of.
From minute one the movie gets you on a journey with great visuals,very recognizable music and great performances from Eddie Redmayne andDan Fogler. From now and then you get the, sometimes funny, sometimessmart references to Harry Potter, but nevertheless is this a movie thatcan totally stand on it's own.
There are some nitpicks, such as the very long introduction before westart to see what the story is all about and the fact that there were alot of lines referring to events that were setting up the second or thethird movie, but for a film that had to set up the rest of an upcomingfranchise it was totally acceptable and not a slight bit tedious.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stands perfect on its own anddoesn't need Harry Potter or any of the planned movies to get youinvested in its story and yet it is an obligation for every J.K.Rowling wizarding world-fan to go see this movie. The director DavidYates found this perfect balance and ended up with a result that has tobe seen in theaters by everyone.
Reviewed byMaskinistenVote: 7/10/10
I really want to draw attention to the title of the review above. I'msure many die-hard potterheads would want every review on this site toscore this movie 10/10 and say it is a masterpiece. Well I can't dothat, since that isn't my honest opinion. What I can say though is thatFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a thoroughly entertainingaffair that is well worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of J.K.Rowling's magical world.
For starters the cast was great. Eddie Redmayne feels perfectly cast inmain role as Newt Scamander. A very awkward and introverted person whoprefers the company of animals rather than humans. He has thequirkyness down to a tee. I also really liked the muggle (or no-maj asthe Americans call him) played by Dan Fogler. How he reacts to thewhole wizarding world and the events that happen around him is actuallyreally funny. I also thought Katherine Waterstone and Alison Sodul didgreat playing two sisters who wind up roped in to the whole adventure.
The creatures are the best part of the entire movie by far. They CGI onthem looks kind of fake, but it's more than made up for by the conceptsalone. Almost all of them have some clever twerk that keep them fromfeeling generic and they're all filled with personality. The sequenceswhen they're catching these creatures are all really fun to watch.
However there are some problems with this movie. For one it has way toomany side characters. A lot of them feel completely underdeveloped andadd basically nothing to the overall story (*cough* Jon Voight*cough*). There's also a magical threat that becomes more centraltowards the end but it honestly kind of left me scratching my head. Ijust wasn't that engaged in that part of the story to be honest.
Still these problems are not enough to ruin the movie by any means.It's filled with wonder and creativity and being back in the world ofwitchcraft and wizardry is worth the price of admission alone. Ienjoyed the characters, the humour and the creatures a whole lot. Ialso want to give J.K. Rowling huge credit for not just rehashing theHarry Potter story again. This is fresh and new and while it isn'tflawless by any means it's certainly entertaining!
Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To...