Sunday, 20 November 2016

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

I feel sort of emotional stepping back into the the magical mind of JK Rowling. After growing up watching, reading and loving Harry Potter and everything that is Harry Potter. I feel almost sentimental watching this film as if I am going to see an old family member or I have found something I had lost years ago. 

It's a wonderful feeling and I am glad that at the age of 27 I still feel this way! 

So, what's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them really like... 

It's weird, because when I see Eddie Redmayne I always imagine him as other characters from his films. Usually in the form of the Danish girl or as Stephen Hawking. He is a phenomenal actor and really brings a character to life. 

So, as soon as I saw him in this film as the lovable character Newt, I was immediately drawn back into the world of magic. I love it. He plays a character that reminds me very much of Ron Weasley and Hagrid combined, slightly vulnerable, adorable in his nature but also brave when he has to be. 

Let me start from the beginning and work through the film. 

Fantastic beasts is set in New York City in the 1920's I believe. Eddie Redmayne plays a British Wizard called Newt Scamander who is going on an adventure to seek out new magical creatures. He is writing a book (which is a part of the required reading at Hogwarts 70 years on) on these marvellous creatures as he feels that there is a huge lack of understanding within the wizarding community which is why they are being killed. His goal is to change the perception of magical beasts and in turn stop them from becoming extinct.

However, at this moment in time, there is a dark magic that resides in New York which is causing problems between magical folk and muggles. 

So when Newt gets to New York he immediately finds himself in trouble, a few of his magical creatures somehow escape from his tan leather briefcase and begin to roam the streets of the city - causing mayhem along the way.  

On his hunt to find them to put them back in the briefcase, he meets a No-Maj or better known to us as a muggle, called Jacob - played by Dan Fogler. Jacob is such a wonderful character and for me, played an essential role within this movie. He brings the comedy to the film which is just wonderful. Without giving any spoilers, Newt and Jacob build up a friendship of sorts, and Newt introduces the world of magic to Jacobs life - which in those times, was unforgivable and punishable by law. 

Whilst Newt is trying to find his beasts, he meets Porpentina, better known as Tina (played by Katherine Waterston) who is an Auror in the Magical Congress. This is the American version of the Ministry of Magic. 

Tina finds out what Newt is up to and reports him to the Magical Congress to face his punishment. The reason being is there has been something sinister roaming the streets causing issues for both No-Majs and wizards alike - something that magical folk are blaming on a fantastic beast. However, when doing so Tina's background story starts unravelling and you soon realise that she has a history of her own. 

When you get to the magical congress, you meet Mr Grey - played by Collin Farrell. You see him when the film begins in true Harry Potter style - lots of carnage and mystery, but this is where his character really starts to form and the film keeps unravelling after this point. 

Overall, I love this film! There is a real feel good factor about it, but also keeps you wanting to learn more. It's more adult than Harry Potter and I feel as much as kids will enjoy it, it's been made for adults. I would recommend watching Harry Potter before hand. As much as you may enjoy the film being in the dark about the wonders of witchcraft and wizardry, there are certain hints about where this movie is going and your knowledge of the HP films will come in handy. 

For instance, Dumbledore is mentioned, and so is Grindelwald - however, this movie has a huge focus on Grindelwald (no spoilers here). These are characters you will only know by watching the films or reading the books. I think you will have a greater appreciation for the film if you do.

I would rate this movie 8/10! Definitely recommend it in 3D also. 
Click here for the trailer so you can discover more for yourself. 

This is the film review for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. I have written this review in a way where I have provided a summary of the film without sharing any of the spoilers! Those bits I think you should discover for yourself by going to watch the film! I hope you enjoy the read.
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