Thursday, November 17, 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: Magic Returns in a Fantastic Way!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers on Newt Schamander (Eddie Redmayne): a Magizoologist who travels to America to get more research for his book. Upon his arrival, Newt finds himself in all sorts of trouble when his briefcase gets swapped with one owned by a “No-Maj” named Jake Kowalski (Dan Folger). Because of this several creatures from Newt’s case are inadvertently released. With the help of a former Auror named Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston),her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jake, Newt sets off to find his creatures before any of them get hurt; but that is easier said than done as Percival Graves(Colin Farrell) and the MACUSA(Magical Congress of the United States of America) are on their trail after Newt gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy that deals with Second Salemers and a creature known as an Obscurial.
The story to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was one enriched with adventure. As soon as Newt steps foot in the New York City it does not take long for the plot to get moving. Yet despite its fast paced opening the plot was paced quite well for me to grasp the magnitude of the story; not mention enjoy the plot’s enticing moments. Although the story had an adventurous narrative there has a lot of aspect the made up the plot. Along with Newt trying to get his creatures back was the conspiracy that centered on Percvial and the Salemners which would then affects the lives of No-Majs such as Henry Shaw (Jon Voight) and his senator son (Josh Cowdery). While plot points like the Shaws’ story got lost in the thick of things, it still managed to work thanks everything fitting within the realm of the film’s concept. Aside of the film’s sense of adventure was its world building focus which I felt worked in the movie’s favor. The concept behind the a magical America and how it fitted in with the world of Harry Potter was so investing that I just wanted to see more and more of this new era of magic. The tale to this fantasy film personified in its execution as paved the way for movies to come all the while being self contained in its own events.
The magic is alive and well in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film does have it share of shortcomings but it more than makes up for them thanks to is adventurous tale, strong cast and wonderful effects. When it comes down to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great deal of things: it is a solid continuation for the Wizarding World, a great film for Holiday season and wonderful movie for the year of 2016.