REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
As an ardent Harry Potter fan, the moment I heard about this film nostalgia brought me back into the magical memories of J. K Rowling’s world of witch-craft and wizardry. I recognised the name of film as the name of a spin-off fact-book that appeared in Harry Potter’s booklist as a first year, which was later written in our own universe by J.K Rowling to raise money for charity. Naturally, I began scouring the internet for any possible information about it and anticipated it very much. A year or so later, I entered the cinema-hall to return to the wizarding world, but this time, in 1920’s America.
The main character, Newt Scamander, was played by Eddie Redmayne, who fitted perfectly in the role of an endearing outcast. The actresses Katherine Waterston and Colleen Atwood (who played the roles of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, respectively) also gave outstanding performances, and were reminiscent of the empowered female characters of Harry Potter. The antagonist of the film, Head Auror Graves, played by Colin Farrell, was the ideal villain.
The film opened with a childhood favourite of mine: “Hedwig’s Tune”, and the theme song eventually merged into the new tune, which was composed by James Newton Harvard. Typically, the opening scene was both mysterious and very cinematic, with dense grey smoke billowing in front of a part of New York’s skyline. The scenes were vivid and heart-wrenching, especially the scene which showed us the hidden world of the titular 'fantastic beasts'. I thought the cinematography of the film was beautiful, and was one of my favourite parts of the film.
The plot was original and fast-paced, yet comprehensive at the same time. I thought that the ideas were quite well-developed throughout the film, and so were the characters, and there was a definite sense that the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise will continue.
I would really persuade everyone to watch this film. It exceeded my expectations very much, and was also really entertaining to me as a film in its own right.