Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review
written by Souranath Banerjee
Not exactly related to the Harry Potter franchise, but definitely loaded with some magical VFX!
My Ratings: 3.7/5
The first of the promised 5 series wizard-drama opens up with a massive box office collection, 8.8 million just on the opening night!
All you Harry Potter fans, please wave your wands in the air and rejoice as you get to celebrate yet another magical journey penned down by none other than J.K. Rowling herself – her screenwriting debut!
A tale straight from 1926, the time when the Wizard world collided with the Muggle world because of a young man named Newt Scamander, who appeared in NewYork with a suitcase full of rare magical creatures, and then these so called ‘fantastic beasts’ managed to run loose in the city!
A genuine crisis for the Wizard world because the muggles (the non wizard people), whoever saw or got effected by these unique and often dangerous magical animals had to be obliviated (made to forget everything). And on top of that there was some untamed dark danger that kept lurking around, creating havoc in the city that had to be investigated too!
An adventure full of gripping moments, comedy and yes – loads of sparkling magic!
Directed by David Yates, who also directed the last four Harry-Potter-films. But this movie is definitely unique because though it has connections to the popular Harry Potter series and yet the film manages to stand alone as a distinctive individual story.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne becomes the central character Newt and as usual excels in his performance doing what he does best, playing the slightly eccentric genius. (Though it’s high time he should try something different, specially with his mannerisms and his overall body language).
Then there was Dan Fogler who made sure that the audience gets a good dose of comedy throughout the film, he is simply brilliant! Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell all did their part with enough conviction.
A bit lengthy and certain scenes have been unnecessarily prolonged. And also too much dependent on VFX, practically it seems visual effects is the true protagonist of the film. Though superlative quality of work by all the studios – Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Image Engine, MPC, Milk VFX and Rodeo FX.
Overall a decently entertaining film, but a must-watch if you are a member of the Potter fan-club!
P. S. – don’t you dare to blink or else you will miss the cameo by Johnny Depp!
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.