I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter. When I learned that they are bringing the wizarding world back. My inner geek was jumping up and down. But I was thinking, I hope it doesn’t suck. I am glad to say it doesn’t at all and it’s a pile of fun.
The tale takes place in 1926 and Newt Scamander comes to New York City with a suitcase filled with an array of magical creatures. During an accident some of these Fantastic Beasts escape and begin to wreak havoc.
One thing that I always liked about the Harry Potter films was the chemistry between its actors. I’m pleased to state that this is true with Fantastic Beasts. But the two that steal the show is Dan Fogler and Alison Loren Sudo. Their story is Jk’s version of Romeo and Juliet with more cute humor added on. That’s not to say Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston are horrible. They simply aren’t as good. On top of that Fogler is hilarious in this movie. He saves some of the pacing issues.
Which brings me to the story itself. This is JK Rowlings first script. Overall the story works with all of the magical creatures and political setting. Just some pacing issues bring it down. What JK’s script shines on, is all the Harry Potter Easter eggs. I know I probably didn’t catch everything. Some of these were awesome, though. Even the audience was cheering when things will pop up. Now for you non Potter fans. Do you have to watch the previous films? No, but it would help.
This picture is gorgeous. The design and effects for the magical creatures are amazing. The film is called Fantastic Beasts and the Beasts look fantastic. The cinematographer from Deathly Hollows does the same great business here. He simply added a bit more color to his gray style. Oh, before I forget. I truly like the score. It delivered a hint of John Williams Original. Sort of reminds us that we are back in the wizarding world. Even with some of the pacing issues couldn’t stop this film from being a lot of fun.
3.5 out 4 Hats