Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Direction: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell
Music: James Newton Howard
Cinematographer: Philippe Rousselot
Editor: Mark Day
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
What is it about: It’s a spin-off from the stupendous series of “Harry Potter” marking a new beginning where Newt Scamander (Eddie Remayne) is on a quest. This film is directed by David Yates and is written by JK Rowling.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: JK Rowling kept the movie buffs happy around the world for more than a decade converting her books in to motion picture. And when everyone thought the fantasy was done, she came up with this. Only she can pen down mystical characters and bring them to life in everyone’s fantasies. Her writing has a panache which not many do, ‘cause convincing audience with what meant to be the wildest dream is quite a hard job and she does that with great élan.
The character Newt Scamander by Eddie Redmayne couldn’t have been more perfect than him, he was perfectly suited and did a tremendous job. And that was closely followed by Katherine Waterston as Tina, she was sweet and aptly fit for the role. Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowlski was hilarious with Alison Sudol as Queenie. Colin Farrell as Percival Graves was dark, he did a commendable job. And finally not to miss out Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, he was creepy and at the same did a great job.
The film being on the fantasy note doesn’t disappoint you on the visual effects, they were astounding and jaw dropping. Every creature shown reaches out to in its true form, amazing rendering which makes you wonder, “How do they Manage”. The 3D was beautifully created and especially the IMAX format which was astonishing and makes you reach out to them on screen. A visual delight all the way which was perfectly enveloped with a crisp sound mix.
The cinematography by Philippe Rousselot was delectable and was sharply cut by Mark Day. James Newton Howard’s score was deep.
Verdict: David Yates returns as the director for JK Rowling’s fantasies once again and have given a wonderful film which will sweep you off your feet. A perfect first film for the upcoming sequels. And you will be presented with a surprise at the climax with a brief CAMEO of an upcoming character in the series. Definitely worth a watch and if possible catch this on IMAX.