Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them : Review
A fun and eye-catching introduction to a fresh era in JK Rowling’s wizarding world. There are some spectacular set-pieces on show, plenty of imaginative creatures to enjoy and a thoroughly endearing performance from Dan Fogler as the resident muggle/no-maj, Jacob.
While on the whole it’s an enjoyable fantasy adventure, things did definitely start to drag towards the end and the final twenty minutes took an age to wrap-up. It also suffered slightly from being an origin story. As it is the first introductory look at a new world (or time-period at least), it meant a fair bit of scene-setting was required and you occasionally got the sense that pieces were just being moved in to place for the sequels.
There is still plenty to enjoy though throughout the film. The bits I really loved and which stood out for me were the Grindelwald/ dark wizards/impending doom type stuff, which were understandably pushed into the background slightly as that thread is set to be explored in greater detail come the sequels. As one might expect given previous performances, I also though Ezra Miller gave some great menace as the troubled Credence.
Special credit must also be give for the film’s design team too with the attention to detail in creating both prohibition era New York and the American magical community impressing greatly.
Despite it’s flaws, Fantastic Beasts was a solidly entertaining and beautifully designed opening salvo for the all new wizarding franchise.