Hey, remember that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie? Yeah, me neither.
That’s why after finding this drawing of Eddie Redmayne I had to go out and rent the film so I could rewatch it again. I knew I wanted to talk about it, I just couldn’t remember what I wanted to say.
Now that I’m caught up though, let’s delve into this fantastical film by discussing three of my favorite elements: beasts, boys and magic. Yes please!
As this blog was originally titled atypicalmonster, I think it’s fair to say that I love monsters, beasts and other creatures of that sort. Anything fantastical that doesn’t in this world (or that we don’t have factual confirmation of existing), I love, love, love. This film sold me prior to seeing it because it had Fantastic Beasts in the title, and I’m happy to report that there were a few new creatures introduced in the film that we didn’t get to experience in the Harry Potter world before which I loved, loved, loved.
I think the Niffler, the long-snouted creature attracted to shiny things, takes the title of favorite for most viewers of this film, but I actually loved Pickett the most. Pickett is a Bowtruckle (or green little plant dude) that Newt carries around with him and I couldn’t help but fall for his sweet and sensitive demeanor. There’s a scene in which it looks like something might happen to him and ah, my nearly-broken little heart. I could barely stand to watch!
I want a little Bowtruckle of my own to carry around in my pocket.
And let’s not forget the Erumpent, that rhinoceros-looking beast. I don’t know much about it other than it was horny in this particular film, but I have to wonder if I’m part-Erumpent because that mating dance Newt performed totally captured my attention. (Haha, can you imagine if men had to dance in such a way every time they wanted to mate with us?)
Seriously though, fantastic beasts for the win. If nothing else I’ll watch all the sequels in hopes for more creatures being introduced.
Yes, I’m really getting that shallow here. The inclusion of fantastic beasts wasn’t the only thing that sold me on this film before I saw it… Eddie Redmayne did too.
I don’t know what it is about him but I LOVE Eddie Redmayne. I think the first film I saw of his was The Theory of Everything and even with him drooling on himself and stumbling all over I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Those cheekbones! That goofy demeanor! That smile! I AM NOT WORTHY!
I was actually surprised while watching the film though because I found myself captivated by another fantastic boy: Ezra Miller, the actor who played Credence. Not only did I think he did an amazing job playing Credence (because he really did, I was totally intrigued by the character), but he also is another striking actor with great cheekbones that I couldn’t take my eyes off of.
I mean, just all the boys and all the cheekbones. That’s all this pathetic heart needs.
Oh, and the Wizarding World
Let’s not forget that this film is connected to the Harry Potter series and therefore has MAGIC! Anyone who claims to not love magic is a liar and should be shunned. It automatically makes every story better.
The nice thing about Fantastic Beasts is that the magic is a nice combination of new and old. We get a lot of magic we’re used to from the Harry Potter films, but we also get a little taste as to how the magic world varies in different parts of the world. There’s different slang, government systems, rules, etc. While it wasn’t quite enough for some diehard fans, this casual bum enjoyed it (especially because yay America!).
As you can see, I didn’t really care for the story. It was actually a bit messy as it tried to focus both on the Obscurus situation along with Newt’s runaway beasts. And while some of the relationships formed in the story were quite lovely (Queenie and Jacob being by far the best), I can’t say I’ll be overly distraught if they aren’t carried over into the sequels. No, the film was great for me purely for what I knew was coming thanks to the trailers: beasts, boys and magic.
Have you seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? If so, what were your thoughts? Were you sold on the film prior to seeing it just because you knew it involved magic and cute little beasts? Or did you have high expectations that weren’t quite met? And for those who haven’t seen it, do you think you ever will? What’s holding you back? Let’s chat in the comments below!