Fantastic Beasts Movie Review

Having never done a movie review before, I'm shocked with myself as films are such a big part of my life I thought I would have talked about them at least once on my blog. Same goes for Harry Potter. I LOVE Harry Potter. As with all movie reviews, please don't read if you don't want to have anything spoilt…you have been warned!

When I first saw the sneak peak trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I wasn't that psyched for it but then they released the full length trailer and as soon as the unmistakable Harry Potter theme tune started to play, I'd decided this was a film worth seeing. It takes a lot for a film to send me straight to the cinema on the first day of its release, especially since cinema tickets are so bloody expensive these days. We have a couple of membership passes for our local cinema in town and its an old fashioned, beautifully decorated and exceedingly comfortable family run establishment, however it takes a couple of extra weeks for them to get hold of the movies. So as it was my birthday yesterday, we tootled off to the Showcase Cinema in Leicester at the Highcross and saw it there after grabbing a Wagamama's lunch.

The first half an hour of this film was awesome; I felt hooked  and excited for the story to develop. Re-entering the magical world was so exciting and seeing it through the eyes of a different country, learning the different laws and views on magic and the different terms for 'Muggles' was both educational and fun. I fell instantly in love with Newt Scamander (as I expect most people will) and with his adoration for his creatures it was impossible to not feel infected with his love for them. The creatures were also fun to watch, interesting to learn about and their designs were inventive and each incredibly different from the next.

The sets and effects were flawless and you can tell a lot of time, effort, money and talent was used to create such a visually stunning movie. I did feel however that the storyline let me down some what, it seemed to be lacking a real kick and I felt bored with it after the first hour was over. I loved the main characters, especially the little relationship between Queenie and Jacob which also resulted in a super cute ending. The costumes were so beautiful and I also really enjoyed seeing this film based in the 1920's.

I went in with a completely open mind as I think going in expecting something as good as the Harry Potter series is both foolish and destined for disappointment, yet I still felt like this film was missing a decent storyline and it failed to keep me entertained. A couple in our showing even got up, walked out and never came back which I always find highly amusing with any film. I didn't hate it and I sure as hell don't regret going to see it but my overall opinion was it was missing something. 

Thanks for reading & let me know what you thought to Fantastic Beasts if you've already seen it!

Ellis x

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