First things first. I’m sorry I didn’t publish a review about the Cursed Child.
That was because of two reasons:
1. I didn’t like the script.
2. I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the review, without watching the breathtakingly awesome screenplay. (So I heard)
But ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ is a magical movie. It’s something I never expected, in a mind blowing and fabulous way.
There’s the trademark J.K. Rowling humour, well-thought-of characters and brilliant plot.
And the beasts. The suitcase. The Beasts. Newt Scamander. The BEASTS!
And not to forget, the awesome Demiguise shaped desserts in Kowalski’s bakery. #SpoilerNo1
I won’t do this review like a traditional review (because I don’t know how to do a traditional review), but I’ll take you through some of the thoughts I felt while I watched the movie. And after.
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The character I loved the most, was obviously, Newt Scamander. What strikes me about his personality, is his ability to think spontaneously. It comes from deep knowledge, and not only that, but also learning that knowledge from experience.
As a student, I find it really important to have knowledge. But having experience, like Newt, is what counts when your skills are put to the test.
That’s the reason I had solved ten model papers to prepare for my HSC exams. #JustKidding
Coming back to Newt, I find it interesting that he has a Muggle animal name, and is in love with all magical beasts. The suitcase scenes were gorgeous, brilliantly designed, and so alive. And the Imax 3D effect made it seem like the animals were just popping out of the screen, waiting to welcome you into their magical world.
I almost started looking around for twitchy green sticks when I left the theatre. #PickettIsBae #GoBowtruckles
Speaking about Pickett, the Niffler is another brilliant character. And I crown him the best beast of the movie. No doubt, the Niffler had the greatest screen time compared to all the other animals, and for all the right reasons. He looked so cute! That scene in the bank locker, when Newt shakes all the gold out of the Niffler, was too hilarious.
And this is not only my opinion. Almost everyone cooed and aahed when the Niffler came on the movie screen for the first time. He’s just super cute!
Cuteness aside, let’s get some siriusness into the blog post.
The award for most Superb Acting goes to Credence.
I kid you not, I’ve never seen someone drool-cry in a movie before. That’s the way they should depict crying scenes. Those fake, sliding tears, that slip past the cheek oh so beautifully must be done away with.
But not everyone can do it like Ezra Miller. His vulnerability and fear seeped right through the screen and into the hearts of the viewers.
Credence’s role in the movie was not clear at all from the beginning and till the interval. I started getting a few hints after that. I originally thought that his sister was unleashing the Obscurus. Credence being the one doing that, that was the most amazing twist ever. #SpoilerNo2
Queenie was super charming. Tina and her work ethic, very commendable, yet frowned upon (she got them all in prison, just so that she could get a post in the Investigating team!)
But that’s just me being cynical. Tina Goldstein is a charming character, and I look forward to the sequel when Newt comes back to New York to give her the book. (That’s a no-brainer, right? The sequel is going to be that, right??)
Oh I give up. I love Queenie more than Tina. Not everyone can read minds, and I’d love to have her read my mind. I’d also love to have a conversation with her. The Kowalski-Queenie-first-meeting type. #JustKidding
The cliffhangers were amazing, and the mention of Leta Lestrange made my jaw drop right down to the floor, along with the empty popcorn tub. #MajorSpoiler
Personal theory: Leta Lestrange could be Andromeda Tonks, Nymphadora Tonks’ mother. Views?
Ending this post with a few lessons that I learnt from this movie.
1. Biases exist, because of lack of knowledge, and the resulting lack of tolerance. The Second Salemers are a case in point. Ma hardly knew why she whipped the death out of Credence everyday, nor did she understand the true power hidden inside the wand she snapped so unceremoniously. I wonder whether she would have accepted Credence’s weirdness, if she knew that that very wand could get her and the kids a warm place to stay, and good food to eat.
2. Your knowledge should be at your fingertips, not stored in a dusty suitcase in your head. It could save your life, and the lives of many others. I salute thee, Newt Scamander.
3. Sometimes, the things you yearn the most could be the death of you. The only thing that will save you from falling right into the depth of your supposed happiness, is the remembrance of the slightly sad memories that accompanied the happy ones. And then you’ll know which way to go. (The scene where Tina and Newt were sentenced to death, and were taken to that ghastly pool-cum-death-chamber.)
4. It’s better to give someone a chance to share what they feel, instead of making a decision you’ll regret later. Madam President of MACUSA, thank you for nothing.
5. Some things just have to be done. Some people you have to let go. But when you let go of someone, do it in a way that will not only benefit you, but also benefit them. (The scene where Newt drops off a suitcase of silver occamy eggs in front of Kowalski, to fund his bakery dream).
So, how do you feel about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’? Apart from the amazing animations and the brilliant new world that JK Rowling has opened up to us, what did you appreciate?
This awesome Potterhead is all ears 🙂