The Harry Potter prequel is a visually stunning film. It is most definitely not for very young children as the first Harry Potter is, but for those of the late teens to older in age. Since the author of the books also did the screenplay for the film, the storyline was flowing. Eddie Redmayne’s character is lovely as he always is in his main starring roles. The film is supposed to depict New York City around the 1920’s, but it was obviously not made there since it’s a period piece.
Some of the costumes are absolutely beautiful, especially what Queenie Goldstein was wearing. Her coat is something that adds color to that time period but brings light to modern outerwear in a fashionable manner. The navy blue coat that Newt Scamander wears throughout, will definitely be something men will want in their wardrobe to add to a classic appeal.
There are certain plot twists in the movie even though some of it is mentioned on Wikipedia, but not in detail as to what. Some of the supporting characters do more as the film progresses while others are subtle. Since the film is mainly filmed in the England, there were mostly lesser known British actors who spoke in a New York City accent.
Fantastic Beasts has a way of taking the audience through a journey. The magic in the movie is all done by means of special effects. Other reviews of the film have given it high ratings mostly because it was more adult oriented than for children. From a personal point of view, I don’t always agree with other film critics reviews since I’ve studied filmmaking and most of them have never done so. I have empathy for the filmmakers and sympathy for audience members.
For the release time of the year, it’s obvious to be a big hit with many. Also, in light of some recent political issues in the UK with Brexit and the new president in the USA, the film has enough power for viewers to escape the atrocities where they live.