Non-Spoilery Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted November 18, 2016 by Carlisa in Let's Talk Movies / 3 Comments


Guys guys guys guys guys. So I went and saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I’m still just in awe. I just want to go see it again tonight, basically. I 100% loved it. These have been my two tweets since seeing it:

And I hope I actually have coherent thoughts and things to say about it, but this might just end up being a rambling mess of my feelings and my deep, deep love for Eddie Redmayne. But let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s just start with Eddie Redmayne because he might just be my favorite person in the whole world. I went and saw Les Mis with my family on Christmas Day in 2012, and I’ve been smitten ever since. He’s just beautiful and has a great singing voice and has those freckles. Oh man, oh man. Then he was in The Theory of Everything, and he’s literally SO amazing. He’s a fantastic actor. You can’t help but believe he’s his character through and through. And with Fantastic Beasts, it’s no different. He is Newt Scamander. This awkward (but beautiful) man who cares deeply and feels passionately about his creatures. It was just a really cool thing to see.

The feel of the movie was definitely different than the original Harry Potters. Side story: This guy next to me turned to the person he was with as the movie logo appeared on screen and whispered, “Wait, it this a Harry Potter movie?” Lol, dude. Anyway, this was different. It honestly kind of had a Marvel feel to it. And I’m not a very big fan of the Marvel superhero movies (there are just so many of them), but I really liked it here. I think it’s mostly because New York City is being destroyed (NYC is always the city that gets destroyed). And it’s very large-scale, and it’s very, very, very visual. In the best way.

Let’s talk about those visuals and the magic. It’s beautiful. The magic shown is wondrous and nothing like we’ve seen in the other movies. A new concept of the magic system is shown to us, and I actually love it a lot. It surprised me but made total sense. And was just super cool. (I’m sorry! I can’t say more without spoilers). But besides the new concept, the magic we know and love is just stunning. Especially in this 1920s New York setting. The lights, the music, the costumes, the city—all these combine so beautifully with the magic, and it just makes my heart soar.

The storyline is more than just Newt Scamander chasing after his creaturesThat’s kind of what the trailer makes it seem like all the movie will be about. But there’s a lot more to it. Which goes back to the new magical concept that we see and just more stuff that I can’t really talk about without being spoilery, but just know that the story is a lot more complex than you might think. Also it’s basically Harry Potter + Pokemon + other cool stuff.

Newt is not the only great character. The other main characters are all unique and awesome. That’s all I really want to say, but I loved each of the characters for their own reason. Except some of the creepy secondary characters. I was not expecting that creep-factor, but I digged it.

It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s endearing, it’s disheartening, it’s thrilling, it’s unexpected. It was just so good. I laughed and I (almost) cried and I smiled and I gasped. That’s kind of the fun thing about going on premiere nights: the entire theater is so into it. This very unexpected thing happened later in the movie, and I swear the entire theater gasped in unison as we all stared incredulously at the screen. And then there were some moments later when we all groaned and we all laughed and it’s just fun to be there. But even if you don’t go the premiere night, your feelings will be all over the place in the best way possible. It’ll pull your heartstrings, that’s for sure.

And it makes me want to re-watch all the Harry Potter films and re-read all the movies. And also re-watch every Eddie Redmayne movie ever.

Okay, the end.


  • Every movie with Eddie Redmayne in it is amazing, and I’m so happy Fantastic Beasts is no exception! 😀
    I can’t wait to see it now! For now, I’ll just binge-watch all the HP movies whilst I wait to see it…I’m currently on HP and the Goblet of Fire!

  • Lol. I’ve been smitten with Eddie Redmayne since Les Mis as well! He’s perfect! I seriously can’t wait to see this movie! Excellent review!

  • Nishita

    Sadly, I missed out on this movie. Now have to watch it on the small screen, which is such a bummer.