Fantastic Actors and Magical Music
One of the things that really sold me on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Newt Scamander. His character was just as charmingly awkward as it needed to be, and his love for the magical beasts really brought another level to the movie. His co-actor, Dan Folger, is very like-able as the No-Maj who accidentally fell into this crazy wizarding mess. Not to be out done, our leading lady Katherine Waterson pulls off the down-on-her-luck, former auror, Tina, while Alison Sudol displays a perfect example of a 1920s woman with the gift of Legilimency. Another stand-out is Colin Farrel’s Percival Graves. It’s hard to tell which side he’s on and ultimately, it makes for good scene tension. The only casting choice I’m unsure about is Johnny Depp – but he has such limited screen time, it’s uncertain how well he will fill out his role.
The score for the film was composed by James Newton Howard. He did a marvelous job incorporating excerpts from earlier films and married it with original compositions to create something wonderful. The music captures the 1920s feel with a charmingly mystical touch, matching each scene perfectly. When all of these elements combine, it makes for a truly enchanting movie.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Final Thoughts
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical story that manages to distance itself from it’s roots while paying homage to it. It’s a wonderful display of an intriguing time period enhanced by a mythical touch. With loveable characters, complementary special effects, and an engrossing soundtrack, it is a must-see. Also, if you plan to see it in 3D, it looks pretty neat. What about you? Do you want to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them? What do you love about the Harry Potter series? What’s your patronus? — sorry, too personal? Let me know in the comments below.