- David Yates
- David Heyman, J. K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
- Eddie Redmayne Sam Redford Scott Goldman Tim Bentinck
Living under the shadow of Harry Potter is a nasty place and it’s easy to see Fantastic Beasts there. It’s unfair to do so in my view though, since Fantastic Beasts stands so well on its own. The premise behind this film is similar, though its execution differs much. The movie centers around Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a reclusive but competent wizard whose love for magical beasts brings him to the USA. Newt is the counterpoint to Mr. Potter and his gang. He’s a younger brother to a more reputable, higher achieving Wizard; far more comfortable around humans than animals and eccentric in every way. I can see why fans of the original Harry Potter series wouldn’t identify with him.
Fantastic Beasts is a prequel to the Harry Potter movies, a peek into how a different western country handles magical affairs. I’ll let you read our very own review of the movie here.
Let’s talk about what you get. The main feature has the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts. Much of the movie plays like a Harry Potter movie, but with greater scope. The villain is an obvious set up for the impending 2018 sequel and his agenda isn’t much different to the one we’re used to seeing from Harry Potter. There’s more action here, much more movement and less suspense. The comedy was well written and well timed. The wizard world we see here is a more mature one, with the main players learning about themselves first before learning their art. The use of CG is very good, with most of it blending well into the film. Fantastic Beasts is more of an introduction to another side of the Harry Potter universe, than a retelling of it.
The Extras aren’t much to talk about. There’s the obligatory interview from the director David Yates and J.K. Rowling, featuring footage from the filming. You’ll also get to see how the David Yates and his team worked to create the magical beasts. Each new feature runs for around 4 minutes, and while you’ll gain some insight into the film – it’s literally 8 minutes of extra content.
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter you’d enjoy Fantastic Beasts. An action-filled romp around another side of J.K. Rowling’s magical world, it’s bound to entertain. There were plot holes and odd continuity errors, such as those in the final scenes of the movie, or how the villain wasn’t set up as well as he should’ve been. Still it’s a fun, enjoyable movie with the right mix of seriousness and fun. A great title to enjoy with friends and loved ones alike.
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