My Review : Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them

Prelude :
I usually do not write reviews for english films, but this one is an exception as I really want everybody to watch it no matter what.
Franky speaking, being a big J.K. Rowling fan I unfortunately have not read this particular novel. So before the release of this film, many of my friends told me that it was a prequel to the Harry Potter series & some said it was a sequel. The best part of JK Rowling stories is that there is no direct source material where fans can seek clarification or hints about what’s to come.
So after watching the film the previous night, I would like to clear the doubt before I get onto my review.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (3D) is a spin-off prequel of the Harry Potter film serieswritten by British author J. K. Rowling (under the pseudonym of the fictitious author Newt Scamander) about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. It appears to be Harry Potter’s copy of the textbook of the same name in Hogwarts. Newt Scamander himself does not appear in the seven Harry Potter books. He is mentioned in passing in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The film is the first of a planned five-part franchise that serves as a prequel to the HARRY POTTER series

Synopsis:

It’s 1926 Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he accidently bumps into a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob. Newt carries with him a suitcase filled with extraordinary creatures, including the rampaging rhino; an invisible sloth-type thing and a kleptomaniac duck-billed platypus. His suitcase unfortunately gets misplaced with Jacob’s suitcase & due to this some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape.
On the other hand, the wizarding enforcement agency, the Magical Congress Of The United States (MACUSA), with sinister security chief Percival Graves (a one-note Colin Farrell), ensures the two worlds remain separate. Nevertheless, the city is in a state of fear with rumours of a “dark wizard” threatening the populace, stirred up by a fanatic witch-hater (Samantha Morton), with a group of creepy looking, adopted children.
But recapturing his escaped beasts, with the help of disgraced Macusa employee Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and Jacob Kowalski turns out to be the least of Newt’s worries. Dark forces are attacking New York & are ready to harm the muggles. Newt decides to stop it. But How ?

Technical :

The plot sets in 1926 and focuses on Newt Scamander’s adventures, his magical creatures and introduces us to new fresh characters and takes us to a different era in the Wizarding World.

After a fast paced entertaining start, the picture becomes a rather monotonous in some parts & relies heavily on the special effects.It strongly focusses on two parallel worlds muggles & wizards. As promised, the title lives up to its name “Fantastic Beasts” because the beasts are thoroughly entertaining crawling out from the suitcase.

Unlike the Harry Potter movies, which grew darker and heavier as the series developed, “Fantastic Beasts” promises us full on fun & entertainment right from the start as soon as the two worlds collide. The movie is a complete visual treat & will take you to the world of Harry Potter’.

Please do not make any comparission to Harry Potter or the Harry Potter series because the protagonist Newt Scamander is nothing like Harry Potter, but has its own charm. This film will definitely make you feel like home again. I’m looking forward to wherever this series is taking us.

Barring few lengthy special effect sequences, the film right from the first scene, keeps you hooked till the end. The script has successfully maintained a perfect balance between fun,humour & horror. A must watch experience for all age groups.

I wonder what was the entire making cost of this particular film?? How does one pull of such a film.

Performances :

Newt played convincingly by Eddie Redmayne is reticent, shy and subdued, a complete contrast to Jacob, played by Fogler, who steals the show. The pair become unlikely partners whio further teams up with a discredited former MACUSA security officer Tina (Katherine Waterston) and her lbeautiful flirtatious sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), who can read minds.

Talented versatile actors like Collin Farrell , Ezra Miller & Samantha Mortondeliver great performances.

Verdict :

Overall, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will cast a winning spell all over the world. It undoubtedly delivers the most satisfying period fantasy this year. A must watch for all film lovers.

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