Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in Movie Review Theater, we will be answering your questions on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Did you make it until the end of the movie? I absolutely did and loved every minute of it. JK Rowling is excellent at creating a world with characters that are easy to love. This had a similar feel to the Harry Potter universe, but was still distinctly different. The level of difficulty in making something new seem familiar without alienating a portion of the audience who has never seen the Potter films is an incredible tightrope that this movie does effortlessly. I am a fan of the Harry Potter films, so I was on board from the initial music and that familiar Warner Brothers title sequence that brought me back to all of those terrific films. The characters, the story, the universe, and the ending were tied together wonderfully and my only regret is not seeing this movie sooner.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? I absolutely would, but this trip I took my niece with me to see it and was only embarrassed by the fact that I had finished a box of Reese's Pieces before the opening credits started. This was after we finished an entire pizza at dinner before the movie started. Thanksgiving can last for 5 days if you work hard and believe in yourself.
What drink would pair best with this movie? If only the theater I saw this in sold Butter Beer then it would have been the perfect experience.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? I would have a hard time saying better since Eddie Redmayne has won an Oscar and JK Rowling wrote this role specifically for him and never made him audition. I can't imagine anyone else playing the role of Newt, but the fun of this movie is that the entire cast seems perfect, even though I had never seen half of the main characters in anything before this movie. The casting was brilliant, much like the original Potter films. Everyone seemed like they had been walking in those fictional shoes for years and it leaves you wanting more from this new world.
If you see this movie on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? Not only that, I might go back to see this movie in the theater. I want to see it again right now and I also want to take my daughter to see it. This movie isn't really marketed to children, but the beasts are so well done that they will love it too. Sure there are some scary moments for them, but that doesn't outweigh the brilliance of the rest of it. I am excited to get more from this world and from the mind of JK Rowling.
Overall rating: 8 1/2 out of 10 stars
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