Extra! Extra! After years and years of mourning the end of the Harry Potter series and waiting eagerly with as much patience as one could muster, the newest installment of the HP franchise is finally here.
And it's bloody brilliant.
Set in 1920's New York we follow Newt Scamander as he tries to set things right after a little mishap where a range of fantastic beasts have been set loose to wreak havoc in the city thanks to a loose lock in his suitcase. I won't spoil it for you by explaining that last sentence.
Eddie Redmayne plays Newton Artemis Fido (Newt) Scamander. An adorable, quirky Hufflepuff who, thanks to a bit of carelessness, has to deal with a lot of cleaning-up afterwards. Look out for his little quirks: small, awkward smiles and his clumsy running throughout the movie.
Katherine Waterston plays Porpentina Goldstein, the rather boring, twitchy witch who was fired from her post as an Auror at the Magical Congress of the United states of America (MCUSA). Honestly it has to be said that Waterston's portrayal of Porpentina seemed quite bland but the fast-paced action conceals any bit that you might find boring.
Collin Farrell graces our lives as Percival Graves, the Director of security at the MCUSA who is a somewhat stern albeit powerful wizard who just wants to get to the bottom of things. He isn't exactly a bad guy but his views and opinions could be perceived as unorthodox.
Ezra Miller (YAY) plays Credence Barebone. Not much is known about him and you'll have to give the movie your utmost attention if you want to know what his deal is. He's initially a bit of a wimp but I won't say anymore lest the pitchforks and flames be thrown my way.
Other actors who contribute with their excellent performances are Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Ron Perlman.
In this day and age CGI and special effects make up 60% of the movie. The special effects were spectacular thanks to some amazing character designs not to mention the beasts themselves. You're in for a real treat here especially when you get to the bit with the Thunderbird.
What puzzled me is the fact that she shows weren't sold out (I assumed everyone grew up with the Harry Potter world and would be equally enthused).
That being said I suppose you don't have to call ahead and reserve your tickets which is a good thing.
The showtimes are as follows:
MC Platinum: 10.00 A.M (Sat/Sun) | 1.00 PM | 4.00 PM | 7.00 PM | 10.00 PM (FRI/SAT)
Savoy: 4.00PM | 10.15PM
Empire (Arcade): 10.15 AM | 01.15 PM | 04.15 PM | 07.15 PM | 10.15 PM
As stated many times, the 3D shows here are quite bad with low-quality screening as well as really bad glasses but I suppose you'll just have to make do until they get better. Best place to watch it has to be at the Empire which is basically a posh theatre with roomy seats and enough comfort to enhance your cinematic experience.
Although it gets pretty predictable at times and relies on some rather outdated comedy (chubby man tells lame jokes, gets girl) it brought back a thrill I only experienced when watching the Harry Potter movies when they first came out.
There's a mention of the American Wizarding School 'Ilvermorny' so I'm really excited to see what they do with that. Hopefully they don't Americanise the franchise too much. Hogwarts will always remain the O.G school of Witchcraft and Wizardry and they'll never take it away from the masses!
But yes, do get yourself sorted into your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny Houses. Take all your friends with you, make sure they bring their friends too and revel in the amazing pixel magic only our human minds and J.K Rowling's pen are capable of bringing onto the silver screen.
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