[REVIEW] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Ashleigh Clarke

As someone who has only just watched the Harry Potter films only a couple of months ago, I can only imagine what it was like for fans to sit down once more and see the infamous Warner Brothers logo appear on the big screen, and have it be described as an overdue hug since the iconic franchise finished back in 2011.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has given life to magic once more and it was as whimsical as you’d expect. The film itself was a balance between dark and light, with the right amount of humour and suspense. Although it wasn’t overall perfectly polished, it was a great way to kick off Newt Scamander’s journey with a few familiar names and faces thrown into the mix.

For me, my favourite part was the cinematography, it captures New York in its entirety, the weather – much like ours, is bleak and raining whereas Newt’s suitcase, a magical world that holds secrets beyond imagination is something that has been splashed with colour, serving as a crafty juxtaposition. These two worlds have represented both sides of the wizardry world through the use of soft tones and bold palettes.

Throughout the film, if you listen very carefully you can hear the faint instruments paying homage to its predecessor. Hearing the delicate keys playing the tune everybody is familiar with, is like someone wrapping you in a blanket, handing you a cup of tea and whispering, ‘welcome home, and while some people may find his acting annoying, I find Eddie Redmayne’s shy and awkward performance quite endearing. I don’t know if it’s his quirky facial expressions or his innocent, almost childlike and naive behaviour that I love more.

While watching this film, we must remember that we’re not starting from the beginning, rather we’re carrying on from where we left off and everything from the effortless wand flicks to the way each character walks, talks, laughs and cries, this is a film that is as fantastic as the name intends it to be.

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