By Spencer Stechman (Chicago, Illinois)


The Magic Continues

After finishing the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I couldn’t help but grin ear to ear in all honesty. It’s been five years since a Harry Potter film graced the stage and Fantastic Beasts doesn’t lose its touch to the original magical movies. The movie is full of fun and wonderful moments where you just can’t believe your eyes and constantly leaves you wanting more.

The magic truly continues with this film and it’s such a joy to watch. The originality is second to none with its creatures, magic and cast all brining something wonderful to the table. It works around early twentieth century New York where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is attempting to find more exotic creatures to add to his already illustrious collection when he stumbles across Kowalski (Dan Fogler).

They end up switching brief cases and chaos ensues, only because Newt is a well mastered wizard and Kowalski is a muggle (a person who doesn’t have the magical skill set, sadly me). Magical beasts are released from the briefcase and its Newts job to find them along with friends that he has met along the way. There are of course the darker powers that try to release negative magic into the air to interfere with the way regular people live and to completely sabotage the wizarding world.

The only downside I see for this movie is its beginning, I’ll be the first to admit that it starts off a little slow but once you get going its full sails from there. To me Dan Fogler had the best performance in the whole film, he provided a perfect blend of a comedy relief and a reminder that you don’t need to have a wand to be important in a magical movie like this one.

My favorite part of the movie by far however was its use of its special effects. Of course it plays a humongous role in a movie like this one with all of magic’s special features. With the spells being cast to the wondrous creatures Newt has stored in his briefcase everything looks absolutely beautiful. There comes a point where the special effects don’t seem that special in certain films. It feels like a different aspect of the film and it doesn’t mesh properly and it’s visibly noticeable.

There are no problems like this in Fantastic Beasts, the special effects and film go hand in hand and at times feels real. Films like this make me happy for the feature of what’s to come. I mean it’s already 2017 and we are so far ahead in the technology we have already, if we can use it properly like we did in Fantastic Beasts I say we’re in good hands.

Overall the movie fits all ages to see and has a PG-13 rating for the amount of semi-violent scenes. I loved this movie to be completely honest with you and I would gladly watch it again. The mischievous characters the intriguing plot and the creative designs make for one heck of a movie. I would highly recommend it and will definitely watch it again just for the fun of it.

Rating: 5/5



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