Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What should we watch? Is a question I often hear amongst family and friends, it can be a difficult decision nowadays with all of the variety and choice we have. In the upcoming weeks I am going to be sharing with you some of my favourite films, why they are my favourite and what it is about them that makes them so enjoyable. Bare with me, as I am still new at blogging.

Credit: Warner Bros

For my first review, I am going to talk about one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (No pressure right?)

Please don’t panic or click the little red cross as I promise not to give any spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

The film is set in New York in the year 1926 where Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, stops off for what he thought would be a brief encounter with the city and what turns out to be a thrilling and dangerous 48 hours after a No-Maj, (what us English folk call Muggles) Jacob Kowalski, accidently becomes involved with releasing a few of the fantastical beasts in Newt’s briefcase.

Credit: Warner Bros

There are many aspects of the film that I could talk endlessly about, like how Eddie Redmayne’s performance is the key to what separates the film from the original Harry Potter’s or how the camera positions and angles are on point for making you feel like you are right in the centre of the action. But I’m going to save those aspects for another review, and talk about the lighting in this one. Lighting is very crucial in films and is often overlooked, in Fantastic Beasts; I found the lighting to be very obvious. For example, when there were comical and happy moments, the lighting was a soft orange whereas in the gloomier moments the lighting was very dark mixed with greys and blacks. Often, we are so engrossed in what’s happening in the storyline, we don’t realise the effect on how a darker screen can make us feel scared, or on edge. This is exactly what the lighting does in this film. After all, what’s a film if you can’t get lost in it?

What I absolutely love about this film is that it’s true to everything we know about the wizarding world and it’s all seen in a completely different perspective. I’m sure most of you Harry Potter fans remember the feeling you had after finishing The Philosopher’s Stone right up until Deathly Hallows. This film allows you to take your love and admiration for those films and put it into something equally as special but entirely different. I felt like the 5-year-old little girl watching Harry Potter and falling in love with it all over again.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them out now, watch the trailer, enjoy!