Looking for fantastic beasts? You’ll find them on screen, when you watch this.
Does it fill that Harry Potter hole in your life? (I am assuming you have one. I don’t.)
Yes and no. Eddie Redmayne is energetic and fun to watch. And the creatures are wonderful to watch.
But they aren’t dragons or dinosaurs and those are the creatures I like best.
From the title, I was hopeful that the movie would show me where to find extraordinary creatures.
Alas, reader, I was disappointed. My companion – my beautiful daughter – was a die-hard Harry Potter fan and she was happy to have another chapter in J.K. Rowling’s series that paid so much homage to Harry’s world of magic.
If you can suspend disbelief, you’ll love this much more than I did. There are lots of lovely costumes, settings, beasts and performances. Ezra Miller and Carmen Ejogo grab your attention in key scenes.
Colin Farrell is wasted here and he is one of my favourite actors. Pity. He just curls his lip, like a classic villain.
Jon Voight fares better and it’s great to see him in such a strong role.
Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton are very good. But best of all and very nearly stealing the picture from Redmayne is Dan Fogler. He is very funny as the non-magical baker who teams up with Redmayne’s wizard character.
The Stratford East Picturehouse audience adored this but the fans who loved Harry Potter more than anything enjoyed it more than the rest of us.
The special effects are really wonderful. See it if you long for more Harry Potter and if you watch those movies again and again.