In the year 1926, a documentarian made his stop-over in New York after a global expedition to discover mythical creatures only to be involved in a bigger adventure after some of his captured beasts escaped his briefcase.
With J.K. Rowling’s enchanted mentality, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them delivers a extraordinary, whimsical adventure but not with the same appeal that the Harry Potter saga brought to the silver screen since this new entry has a more mature existence and with some revelations through the end, we can expect another franchise to rise.
Eddie Redmayne is a great actor without a doubt but his sole presence is none alike what the Harry Potter trio gave us and audiences will surely appreciates if his beasts will serve more screen time in future films since we all got a hang of that Niffler who indeed stole the show with its cute and lovable attitude despite its love of stealing shiny things. (SPOILER) Another factor in the film was Johnny Depp’s character, which serves a lot of chills to both fans of the actor and those just fans of the book, however the transition from Farrell to Depp is somehow misused or mistreated for the fact that Colin Farrell is more cunning or threatening and on the other hand Depp’s short appearance revealed more of his pirate-ish perspective and with his star factor he even might excel on top of Redmayne.
The film is visually detailed and stunning, and I personally adored the scene where Newt brushes through the feathers of the Thunderbird.
Though some aspects may seem to be familiar just as the Obscurus which looks similar to Green Lantern‘s Parallax (2011).
And the good thing about some of this year’s movies, just as X-Men Apocalypse and Doctor Strange, is that it seems that they all decided to fix these city destructions at the end of each climactic battle.
In the end, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, is definitely an amusing adventure ride with all of its visual spectacles, but unable to meet all of the expectations set for it since it seems that we were all used to see its wand-waving entertainment, however, with the upcoming sequels we can still hope that this saga can redeem itself and be set with higher stakes and be able provide us more of its beasts hidden beyond the movie’s greatness.
Director: David Yates
Main Cast: Eddie Redmayne ; Katherine Waterson ; Ezra Miller ; Colin Farrell ; Dan Folger
Genre: Fantasy ; Adventure
Release Year: 2016
- It was first intended to be a trilogy but was decided by October 2016 to have it with 5 parts.
- The execution shown in which Tina was about to undergo is based on Salem’s trial for witches. Originally, the accused person will sit on the chair and be dunked in the water and if the person submerged then he / she is innocent however if he / she float then it is a witch.
- The first of the Harry Potter films to not use a alphabetic cast billing.
- The pendant that Percival Graves gave to Credence is The Mark Of Deathly Hallows (same pendant worn by Xenophilious Lovegood in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows) which served as a hint that Graves is actually Gellert Grindelwald in disguise.
- Another indication that Graves was Grindelwald was the use of the wandless hand to cast spells and only 3 powerful wizards are able to do it: Dumbledore, Voldemort and Grindelwald.
- The second time that Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp played the same character, the first was at The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009).