Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts


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It’s time to bring you a movie review that is for all my people that are cheap and didn’t want to see a movie in the theater but is looking to purchase a movie however you decided to purchase. I’m calling this Too Cheap for Theaters movie review.  Movie theaters are just too expensive. On the first edition, I’ll be telling you about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that way you don’t have to purchase/watch the movie if you don’t want to. You’re welcome.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the ninth films that will take place in the “Harry Potter” Universe. Like the other movies, it’s based off a book created by J.K. Rowling, which was based on a textbook in the universe. It’s like book inception! It’s the first movie to show what the wizarding world is like outside Hogwarts and the UK. Pretty much, if you have only minimal knowledge about “Harry Potter” but haven’t seen any/all of the movies, then you enjoy this film fine without being lost.

The movie follows Newt Scamander and his journey into America during the 1920s. Like all movies, chaos ensues as Newt’s magical Mary Poppin’s suitcase full of magical creatures gets mixed up with a non-magical one. Some of this creatures escape and run ramped through New York City. At the same time as this is happening, a magical wizard/entity is going through the town and causing chaos and destruction that non-magical people are starting to find out about. Newt and his friends become martyrs for these events, due to the amount of creatures escaping and how the attacks started when Newt arrived. They must then prove their innocence and figure out what or who is causing it.

While the movie takes place in the same universe, it’s a totally different movie than the 8 “Harry Potter” movies.  It takes pride in that as well which was rather nice. You really didn’t need to know too much info. The movie even provides the info you would need to understand the movie. So you really could start this movie before watching the HP franchise and still be able to grasp what it’s doing.

I also really liked how it showed us what life is like for magical being in other countries. Like they made up an entirely separate world and everything little detail that one would think of. It’s really refreshing to go into what is a “Harry Potter” movie with no previous knowledge of what occur. It’s literally a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view….get it? Now, I didn’t read the book so I’m not sure what that book is about but I’m guessing it’s just a fake textbook.

The characterization and the plot are something that films seem to struggle with. This movie is very long and builds up slowly to the point where you are sitting there for the first part of the film going “when is it going to get interesting.” There are some things sprinkled in here and there but the lack of holding interest for the first part doesn’t build on them. This also affects the characterization. Most of the characters are introduced in during the first part and because it doesn’t hold the audience’s attention, you don’t really know the character’s beside the basics. It also could be the fact that the characters are really given a chance to shine. Sure, you know what they are trying to accomplish and their motivations for things, but you really don’t know much about them – especially if you look at how thoroughly explained the “Harry Potter” characters were during the first film.

The acting in the movie is rather good. It has a cast of talented actors in it that really tried to bring the characters to life. I have to say, the stand out in the film was Ezra Miller. His character had the least amount of lines due to a silent demeanor and he managed to make himself the standout in scenes where he wasn’t the main character. He could be just standing in the background and he would be the most interesting character on-screen. It could just because he was so silent for most of the film.

Overall, the movie isn’t bad. The movie takes awhile for it to become interesting and to capture interest. The characters could use a little more depth to them but the film has a lot to build on for future sequels, which there will be as this will be its own franchise. I really would like to see more of what and how magic is handled in other areas of the world besides the UK. It’s pretty much if “Doctor Who” met “Harry Potter” and they had a baby. That would be this movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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