Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review) 👾
I loved all the Harry Potter films and while I wasn't a massive fan of the books - I thought they went into too much detail - I did read them all, a long time ago! I really wanted the series to be left where it was so when I heard about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play I had mixed emotions...albeit I did go on to read the book.
When I heard of this new film series franchise, I was shocked but of course, I had to watch it.
I went in with a totally open mind. I hadn't read any reviews, I hadn't read the book and I hadn't even watched the trailer. Click here if you want to watch the trailer.
I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. In fact, more than that...I really enjoyed it. When the opening credit came on to the theme tune of Harry Potter, I thought it would be very same-y and I was a little upset but then as soon as the film started I really felt that it's a totally new film series and not at all like Harry Potter. With the historical scene setting, all new characters and new plot line, it doesn't feel like a Harry Potter film but I actually like that. You don't need to be up-to-date on the Harry Potter world and you don't miss anything by not being a part of the fanzone. "It plays a homage."
The Theory of Everything. Somehow he seems to be the perfect person for every character he plays. I also loved Dan Fogler as the No-Maj (muggle for Americans). His naivety and easy going nature was just fascinating to see as well as the connection he found to the wizarding world. Furthermore, I actually loved seeing the little differences between the English and American Wizarding World, from vocabulary, rules, leadership and the school - it's not Hogwarts anymore, but Ilvermorny and the competition between which is the better one is fueled.
I loved the little flashbacks at the end and while it left more unanswered questions, it did nicely sum the film up in some aspects.
We never actually learnt why Newt Scamander was in America and he never did actually do anything other than loose his beasts, find them again and then fail to help a young wizard.
PS. Trying to find good pictures of the film is almost impossible. it's defintely a tightly kept secret.