Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

The first thing I wanted to do when the credits rolled on Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them was to talk about how good it was. After the debacle that was The Cursed Child still not real canon I was cautiously about Fantastic Beasts. Luckily, the film far surpassed my expectations and I am now looking forward to the rest of the trilogy quintology however many movies they end up making.

Newt Scamander can only be described by the internet expression “precious cinnamon roll”. He is fun and quirky just like he should be, and he makes me wish desperately that I could be a wizard zoologist. The other characters were equally quirky and great. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

The plot was nice and tight, and it hung together well. I had been concerned when they announced they were going to feature the Dumbledore/ Grindelwald story line in these movies, but it worked. Newt’s animals getting loose was fun and took a lot of turns I wasn’t expecting. It felt like the first Harry Potter book again when everything is new and exciting and MAGIC IS HAPPENING.

You could tell that J. K. Rowling wrote this script for this unlike the script for The Cursed Child. The characters and turn of phrase and everything were all very much in her style. I cried a little inside that we’re getting these as movies instead of books, because as gorgeous as the film was, I know we would have gotten more details if it was a book. That said, visually I loved getting to see all the magical creatures so film was a really nice medium for that!

We got a brief mention of Ilvermorny. But just a brief mention. So I still have no idea what it means that I’m a Horned Serpent. Thanks JKR. Hopefully we get more information on Ilvermorny soon.

I loved the setting of NYC in the 1920s for the movie. They incorporated it really well. It was fun seeing the wizard world against a very different backdrop than we’re used to. I would have liked more fun 1920s costumes, but I really can’t complain too much.

I really have no complaints about this movie other than that I wanted it as a book because I wanted to be able to take it home with me. Fantastic beasts was fantastic!

(Also I called one of the twists like two seconds into the movie. Which is not important I just wanted to brag.)

Stay magical readers!

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