Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

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Synopsis: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Tagline: From J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world

Release Date: 2016-11-18 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 5

Starring: Eddy Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Collin Farrell

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

I absolutely loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It brought back the magic of J.K. Rowling’s world to me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies because I felt the adaptations lacked something. However, I went into Fantastic Beasts basically completely blind, having not even read the book or even a spoiler-y review. I think that worked out better all around. I took the seven-year-old (and she dragged along her daddy) to see it. Even she was pretty engrossed in most of the film, though by the end of it, she was on my lap and yawning.  That’s more because it was a bit too long for her. It definitely excited her a good bit. I had to shush her several times and tell her I’d address her questions after the movie was over.

Newt and Jacob were a fantastic (I can’t help it) team. The two characters personalities complimented each other perfectly. Newt is very awkward around people, hardly ever making eye contact, and not seeming to understand social niceties.  He just wants to take care of his magical creatures and keep people from hurting them. I heard a small bit about the autism spectrum and the character, and I can totally see it. Whereas Jacob is full of charm, with the ambition to simply own his own bakery. Eddie Redmayne and Dan Fogler have great chemistry on screen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The two men are also polar opposites in terms of appearance. One of the things I liked best is that neither of the actors exactly adhere to the Hollywood leading man looks standard. They both broke the mold in a very positive way. I smiled later when I realized that the one guy who was considered to be traditionally attractive wasn’t exactly the greatest of human beings. That’s not to say the producers of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them never misstepped, though.

The CGI was great. Some of the animals just looked like you could run your fingers through their fur/feathers. The scene with the Erumpet had me giggling, and even the seven-year-old was leaning forward in her seat. Of course, being a Dr. Who fan, you know I loved the whole bigger on the inside thing! I loved seeing the House Elves and Goblins just as much as I enjoyed seeing the rarer magical creatures.

The plot was actually something she was able to grasp, as well. We had talked after the movie was over about several things. How abusive behavior and nice behavior can have dramatic effects on the same person. What conservationism is, and why it’s important. So on and so forth. The pacing was great. Dialogue was fine, so was the action scenes. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them did take a little too long to wrap things up at the end, though.

Overall, while I’m sure I could nitpick a few things here and there, it really was a great film. I adored it, and as soon as it hits second run theatres, I’m taking the rugrat back to watch it in 3D. Definitely go see it if you haven’t done so already! (Even my partner, who isn’t really into the whole Harry Potter thing, liked the movie.)

5 Star Rated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film


I’m trying to learn Spanish. I don’t mind if you laugh, but if you do laugh, correcting the parts you laughed at would be helpful! Here’s a short summary of the review.

Yo vi Animales Fantásticos Y Dondé Econtrarlos esta noche. Fue grandioso! Eddie Redmayne y Dan Fogler trabajaron bien juntos. El CGI fue muy bueno. Algunos de los criaturas mágicas parecía tan real!  Creo fue un el mejor peliculas yo vi todo el año. Mi hija le gustó la pelicula, además. No podemos esperar los peliculas dos!


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8 Responses to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

  1. Hi, Lilyn.
    It sounds good. Minor corrections on the Spanish bit.
    Dónde Encontrarlos Exclamations and questions have a beginning and an end ¡! ¡Fue fantástico! (well, or many other things). You could use present to talk about a movie, as it’s still current for other people who might watch it. For instance… CGI (it doesn’t work in Spanish though… imágenes generadas por ordenador, o animación por ordenador) La animación por ordenador es muy buena. Algunas de las criaturas (feminine gender) parecína tan reales (plural) Creo que ha sido una de las mejores películas que he visto en todo el año. Además, a mi hija le gustó la película. (gustar is a bit of a funny verb like peinarse… to comb one’s hair…) Can’t wait… It might work in Spanish but it could be taken literally… No podemos esperar al estreno de la siguiente película (o la número dos). Great work!

  2. I apologize for being a downer:
    I prefer Terry Pratchett over J.K. Rowling. I read one of the early Harry Potter books. It was good, but I like Pratchett better. I have not been fired up to watch any of the movies. Fantastic Beasts keeps getting great reviews, but I cannot help but think that magic wands are rather lame…

  3. I want to see this, I hope I get a chance but if not I will catch it on DVD. 🙂

  4. Laurie says:

    I’ll probably catch this on DVD too. I am sooo broke this month. Glad you enjoyed it.

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