All the Potterheads are desperately waiting for the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The film starring Eddie Redmayne releases in US and UK on November 16, and in India on November 18. But before that reviews, courtesy special screenings, have started flooding the internet. So, is this new adventurous and magical ride worth your money? Does this spin off live up to the expectations of the fans of the franchise? All these questions clouding your heart have answers lying in these reviews. And let us tell you beforehand that with good also comes the bad. So the reviews, so far, have been mixed to positive. The VFX of the film has been unanimously appreciated, but the ensemble cast - not so much.
The first film, set in New York stars Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo and Dan Fogler. David Yates has directed the film, is also on board to direct the remaining four of five installments of the extended franchise. The queen JK Rowling, herself, returns to write the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here is what the reviewers across the globe are saying about the film-
Variety.com says that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is way darker than the Harry Potter films and makes them "look like kids’ stuff". Commenting on the crux of the film, catching the beats on lose, they write "What follows may as well be a high-end, period-themed upgrade to the popular Pokémon GO iPhone game, as Scamander plays a freckle-faced, tweed-jacketed version of Ash Ketchum, scrambling to track down and recapture the escaped creatures before things get really out of hand." Plus they sum the film with - ""Fantastic Beasts” does double-duty as yet another imagination-tickling fantasy adventure and a deeply troubled commentary on tolerance, fear, and bigotry in the world today"
IndieWire says ""Fantastic Beasts” delivers the most satisfying period fantasy since Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd,” but its layers of sophistication are what yield one of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the year."
The Telegraph gives the film 4 stars and writes "The film is immaculately cast, and the chemistry between its four heroes holds your eye with its firework fizz."
The Hollywood Reporter says "Much of the film's big wizarding-politics material will be appreciated mostly by those who thirst for ever more backstory in Rowling's universe. It will doubtless be useful as the franchise progresses, though...Whether or not the ensemble chemistry ever clicks to the extent it did for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Rowling clearly has an endless supply of lore left to share with those invested in her world."
The Guardian has something very interesting to say. "Fantastic Beasts is a rich, baroque, intricately detailed entertainment with some breathtaking digital fabrications of prewar New York City. This is Steampunk 2.0, taking its inspirations from Terry Gilliam’s Brazil or Howard Hawks’s His Girl Friday but the New York she creates also has the dark, traumatised look of Gotham City. " they write.
So what are your plans? Well for a Potterhead this film is a must watch - that goes without saying. And for non Potter fans - it's going to be super fun to watch a man try and catch magical creatures in 1920's New York.
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