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The wands are back after 5 years and I must say JK Rowling has created magic all over again along with the director David Yates on screen. This time Rowling wrote original screenplay for the film and man it is so damn good. I had a great time watching Doctor Strange couple of weeks ago and this week also Hollywood is up with another gem, you know it I was high on praises for Benedict Cumberbatch starrer but I loved Fantastic Beasts and where to find them a little more because I had no expectations from Marvel’s Doctor Strange before stepping in the hall as it was the first in the series and I never read the comics also but here I had lots and lots of expectations, all because I am a big Harry Potter fan, Fantastic beasts was under immense pressure from the word go but then I entered into the theatre and when it ended I said, ‘Yes it delivered’.
The best thing about this new Wizardry tale is its rich, baroque and intricately detailed entertainment which is terrifically good-natured in intention completely unpretentious and irresistibly buoyant. The movie builds a connection straight away with us; all credit goes to Rowling for writing this very likable script and Yates, who exhibited this imaginary world in the best way possible on celluloid. The cinematography of Philippe Rousselot adds all the good flavors to this brilliant film and editing of Mark Day makes us feel that every scene of the film is important and we just can’t miss even a nanosecond of it. Music of James Newton Howard does recreate the ambiance of Harry Potter films but apart from that nothing is similar and even if you haven’t seen any Potter film it doesn’t matter, Fantastic Beasts has its own soul and it is complete as a standalone project. It is by far the best set up film of any franchise to date.
Talking of the performances, Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an eccentric, introvert wizard, the future author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and an employee at the Ministry of Magic has given life to his character. He has done so much of preparation for the role that by the time we see him first on the screen we feel he is Newt, not the actor Eddie. His Portrayal of Scamander is nothing like Harry, but it has to be this way, what we call is entirely different. Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, a single No-Maj Muggle factory worker and aspiring baker who is exposed to the New York City magical community after he meets Newt is so cute, he is the audience’s character. Colin Farrell as Percival Graves, a high-ranking wizard and the Director of Magical Security for MACUSA, who is in charge of the protection of wizards and set with the task of tracking down Newt is superb again and his character makes us glued to the seat. Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, a down-to-earth and grounded witch, has played her part ably. Everyone else lent great support to mains not to forget the fantastic creatures, special mention of Niffler, watch out for him.
It is the most satisfying period fantasy since Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and it draws on Harry Potter’s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own, the climax will make every Tom, Dick, and JHONNY (wink) go crazy for the sequel. Bring it on, yes this movie is a magic in itself. I’ll go with 4 stars out of 5.