Film blurb from IMDB:
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Ok, brace yourselves people, because this is going to be an absolutely level TEN FANGIRLING review! In short, this film is amazing! It could well be one of my favourite films OF ALL TIME- and that’s not an accolade I give out to any film. The characters- Newt, MACUSA ex-Auror Tina (aka Porpentina,) her coquettish sister Queenie and adorable Muggle (**’No-Maj’**) Jacob (whose biggest dream is to run a bakery) are endearing, brave and funny. Plus, Eddie Redmayne just IS Newt Scamander, and his adventures chasing magical creatures around 1920s New York are fun, light-hearted and wholly inventive. He truly embodies the character, and you can’t help but fall for his geeky fish-out-of-water charm.
I also really, really liked the character of Jacob- it was good to see a Muggle’s perspective on the magical, weird and sometimes wacky goings-on, and the dark, vulnerable and abused young boy, Credence Barebone (great name!) played by the fantastically talented Ezra Miller.
Miller barely speaks during the whole film, and yet he always makes his presence known- he acts with his whole body, from his hunched shoulders to his clenched fists, everything about him speaks of neglect, suppressed anger and torment. Because make no mistake about it, this is a DARK film at points- nods to child abuse, the Salem Witch Hunts, Puritanism and intolerance did not go unmissed. I absolutely loved the complex themes at work within FB, and the way in which psychological theories and were made into dangerous fantasy creatures (think the Dementors, and just as malevolent.) The CGI and special effects were also stunning- I really felt as though I was sucked into Newt’s world, as if I could reach out and touch the creatures he so adored. In short- JUST GO AND SEE IT. This film is flawless.
Overall rating: 10 out of 10
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