Where do I start with this one? So when I initially heard about this film I was a bit worried. I was worried that J K Rowling was trying to keep the magical torch lit and that it could never compete with Harry Potter. Let’s be honest, I don’t think it will ever be a competitor of Harry Potter, in my opinion.
I was always going to watch this film but was never really bothered or excited about it. That was, until many friends watched it and said how great it was. I knew I had to go check it out for myself. The beginning sees the title with the same graphics as the beginning of a Harry Potter film with the same theme tune that had me turning to my husband with a cheesy excitable grin on my face.
Fantastic beasts was full of, just that, fantastic beasts. Creatures that look like a seven year old created them and then were made to life. What’s more fun than that? The fantastic (excuse the pun) J K Rowling catapults us into a 1920’s New York where Muggles aren’t called Muggles, they’re called Nomag’s (no magic). Bit of a lazy name if you ask me, but hey ho!
Now, Eddie Redmayne. I haven’t read the book but if he was trying to portray an awkward character who doesn’t really say a lot, then he’s nailed this part to a T. I remember turning to Joni, my husband, and saying “he hasn’t really said much has he?”. Newt, the character Eddie plays, has a love for these creatures that the only time you ever see him really speak and show passion, is when someone threatens or endangers them. They are essentially his babies.
I found that there wasn’t a lot of story behind it and what I think you’ll see is a film that is setting the scene and preparing us for the sequels to follow. I would’ve liked to have seen more spells and use of their wands but nevertheless it’s an exciting film that will have die hard Harry Potter fans engaged. I, personally, thoroughly enjoyed it, the magical torch is well and truly still lit for me and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next few instalments bring.