Just Saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A+ Movie – Recommended

 

Excellent movie with very few flaws. About the only thing that struck me as a bit odd, was the part where police are lined up in a barricade. I wont put in any spoilers, but it really doesn’t make much sense. Other than that it was very well made. Nothing pulled me out. The story was very engaging. I liked the characters, and look forward to seeing more from them.

Other than that it had a little bit of everything, and a strong focus on it’s core values. This is a point in history when racial shit is prevalent all over, especially in the USA. Set in the 1930s, It’s leading into what will be the Harry Potter universe version of World War 2. Which should be interesting. One can only assume that Grindelwald is going to have something to do with Hitler’s rise to power. If it’s explicitly stated that he did anywhere already, I’ve either forgotten or wasn’t aware. Do forgive.
In addition to that, there is also the environmental message. Respecting the natural world, and invoking it’s awe. The titular beasts were well realized. There were a couple of places where the CG was a bit dodgy, but overall it was excellent.

I enjoyed seeing a character in the Potterverse that was an adult and able to freely use magic. Which is another aspect of this series of movies I’m looking forward to seeing more of. The original movies tended to focus on limited areas of magic, mainly what was useful for that story. Which is fine. But I’m interested to see more of what adult wizards and witches can do.

My only real complaint is that we’ll be waiting 2 years for the next one. C’est la vie.