Friday, November 18

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Does Fantastic Beasts do Harry Potter justice...?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brings back the magic of Harry Potter.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the story of Newt and his beasts. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, along with a decent cast that you will definitely want to see return to the screen in the sequels. The good thing about Fantastic Beasts is it finally brings the magic to America, and America needs it. It is not based in England or at Hogwarts like in the Harry Potter series.

If this movie was starting all by itself, without the fact of Harry Potter, I'm not really sure if this would be picked up with a big following for the movie. Harry Potter was all about the magic, and what harry could do with the magic do defeat you know who.
Fantastic Beasts is more about the animals, and what they can do. Although of course there is magic in the movie, it just isn't a 'solely' thing in the movie.

This movie has the right about of visual aides to where if you are thinking you should see it in 3D, you would be right. So many things are coming at you in the movie, that in 3D it will add that effect into the movie. It is also so well done on how they created the beasts in the movie. When Newt is touching the animal, the effects are so good, that you can see the feathers are brushed while he pets the beast.

The thing is, just like in this review, I keep bringing up Harry Potter. Now that's a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because the movie already has an audience, the Harry Potter fan base. The thing is, this movie is it's own series. This is the prequel to Harry Potter. We shouldn't be referring it to the Harry Potter series at all. Now of course that's impossible because Harry Potter had lots of movies, and is a beast of a series. I'm sure after this movie, once it's sequels come out, people won't be comparing it to Harry Potter.

To those of you from the Harry Potter era, of course you should go and see this as soon as you can in the movie theater. Your friends will and then they will spoil it for you. You need to be the friend that spoils it for your friends. You know everyone is going to see this movie though. So don't be the last one that hasn't seen it.

3 out of 5

What would I have changed? (Spoilers)
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Billy Billy (Editor) - Billy has seen many movies over the years. He enjoys comedies and anything action, including the summer blockbuster movies. You can follow Billy on Twitter here.


27 comments:

  1. Might want to spell check that 2nd sentence there, lol ...

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  2. I guess you know what was on my mind. Lol.

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  3. Apparently, lol.

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  4. We can't wait to see it!.

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  5. Awesome movie I loved it took my mom with me she's a big fan of the Harry Potter films

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  6. i was never a big Harry Potter fan, but this movie looks very interesting. love the actors in the movie.

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  7. I'm looking forward to seeing this. Thanks for sharing your your take on it.

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  8. Very good reveiw. This looks like a really good movie! I want to see it.

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  9. Saw this last night and loved it. Glad I saw it in 3-D. It was worth it. Even though this is a prequel to the Harry Potter series taking place some 70 years before Harry Potter, there are subtle references to Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore and the LaStrange family are mentioned with Newt Scamander having a connection to the LaStarnge family. It will be interesting to see Johnny Depp's character develop in the series and I can't wait for the next installment. Well worth your time even if you are not a Harry Potter fan!

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  10. This sounds like a toss-up that will sell lots of tickets.

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  11. I thought the movie was quite fun!

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  12. I really enjoyed the movie. Thought Eddie Redmayne did a magnificent job as always. Ezra Miller was good but deserved a bit more character development. Not as good as Harry Potter but I'd def recommend!

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  13. The graphics and special effects were very well done, but following a plot and hearing the dialogue was more of a challenge. Fun fantasy.

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  14. This movie looks good, hope the story line holds up!

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  15. Your review was spot on. The visual affect was great. I kept an open mind and separated Harry Potter from this film. I enjoyed it. I am a fan of Eddie Redmayne, and he did not disappoint. He did a great job.

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  16. Just saw this yesterday. I LOVE IT. There are surprises which I don't want to spoil for anyone. If you are a Harry Potter and JK Rowling fan, you have got to see this. At least once see this on the biggest screen you can find. This is a keeper and lays the path for years or greater excitement.

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  17. At least put a spoiler alert on your review...I hate that you told a great surprise in this story... shame on you, spoiling it for people to find on their own..

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  18. Love fantastic Beast. Great film

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  19. Fun film for fans. Might go again this weekend.

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  20. Excited to jump back into the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling!

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  21. It's great to see some of the other magical parts of the world before Harry.

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  22. I thought this movie was just okay. None of the characters were interesting, the plot was nonexistent, and the movie was just extremely uninspired. The days of Harry Potter are long and gone.

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  23. It's good times for the family. Hope the sequel is stronger.

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  24. decent but a bit boring and pacing is ehh

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  25. I went to the world premiere screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in NYC. I liked it. The movie was awesome. I really enjoyed it.

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  26. I did not see this movie. I will see it on DVD.

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