Director: David Yates
Just when we thought the Wizarding world couldn’t get any better, JK Rowling swooped in with a blast from the past that has us envying it all over again.
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ gives a Potterhead everything they could want from a spin off and yet is enough of an original story to ensnare a new audience.
Putting aside the screenplay, which Rowling has done a fantastic job with, the acting is brilliant. The entire cast delivers delightful performances and you can’t help but be emotionally invested in every character by the end. The CGI is remarkably well done too, and not once do any of the beasts look out of place.
It’s not all unicorns and hippogriffs in this new world though, for as the fans have grown, so have JK Rowling’s stories, and Fantastic Beasts turns pretty dark despite not having an evil dark lord as its primary villain just yet. With a ‘dark wind’ rampaging through New York city, and the presence of no major organisations that want the wizards exposed and killed, the movie has you sitting at the edge of your seat in anticipation the entire time. The balance is perfect, and plays with your heart, making you laugh and worry in the most satisfying way.
Despite the few evident plot holes, the characters alone make the movie’s admission price feel like a bargain. Jacob Kowalski, a warm hearted ‘no maj’ who gets entangled in the mess and is fascinated by all things magic, and the fun, whimsical Queenie Goldstein who can read people’s minds, come together with the headstrong and practical auror, Tina Goldstein, and the awkward yet passionate Newt Scamander, to make the perfect leading quartet.
With a compelling storyline, amiable characters, fantastic beasts and a way back into the breathtaking world that we thought we’d never see again, Fantastic beasts and where to find them is a must watch for every Potterhead. In fact, it’s a pretty great movie even for those who weren’t into the original franchise. So don’t miss out, buy that ticket while you still can.