The Harry Potter series in movie form has completed over five years ago. We grew up with the young wizards Harry, Hermonie and Ron and got to experience magical wizard and witches in England and in Europe. Now, the series and world created by JK Rowling continues as we go to an earlier time, before Harry and the return of Voldemort, to follow along a wizard called Newt that travels to America.
Directed by David Yates who also directed the last four Harry Potter films, allows us to follow along with Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne) as he travels to America. Even though this isn’t Marvel, it is similar that it always goes through New York. Newt is on his way for his own endeavors when one of his creatures escapes from his magical suitcase and causes some mastiff.
During the same time of Newt’s arrival, there has been a series of explosions, people dying, and destruction that jeopardizes the revelation that there is a Wizarding world, and the ministry in America is trying to figure out what is causing all the chaos. Tina (played by Katherine Waterson) is a witch that had been demoted from the aura team that investigates major issues like the mysterious destruction and saw Eddie using magic to capture his creature. She believes he and his creatures are behind the major issues happening in New York.
There are many other subplots that include a cult of non magical people that believe that there are evil witches among them and should be burned like the witches of Salem to a guy named Kowalski, who is a “Muggle” in England however in America called a “Nomag” that gets mixed up the series of events.
There were several things that worked in this film. It was fun to see the Wizarding world outside of kids growing up learning magic, and now we get to see it in daily use with adults. It was a great fun to see all the different creatures and the creativity that came along with each animal and it’s purpose. It was like we are now seeing the full Wizarding world in full force and how it functions.
We also got to see the transition from England to the United States. Though it is fun to see how it works in England, and I am sure there will be more to come in the European side of the world, but it was also fun to see how it worked in the US and how they used different mannerisms. However, in a good way kept to the flow of how the prior Harry Potter films felt with a similar vibe to it.
It was edited very well and kept the storyline going without it stalling or even for the audience to take a break at any moment.
What didn’t Work:
There are a couple things that the film could’ve been either added to make the film more understandable and complete. Many would argue that the main villain in this film, we know nothing about and we won’t know anything about him throughout the film. Honestly, that is fine with me. It shows that this isn’t the last one of these films to be made. However, it did cut some of the major core pieces that were important to the plot to make better sense. Without giving anything away, there was something they were fighting against that was supposedly non-existent anymore in the United States. Why? What exactly is it, and if it becomes the focal point of the movie, then why not explain it more?
Second was the leading female character Tina in the film. She was demoted, and was an outcast. We don’t understand why that happened. The story didn’t take the time to do that. What was Tina’s backstory? She is an important piece of the story, and yet too many mysteries are left to be said.
At the same time, everything went to smooth. The movie manipulated to go with the flow on all thing. It was great when watching it, but when looking back, you have to make sure that one current event followed another in order for everything to work? A good example without trying to say much, if a criminal goes to jail in England, they go to Azkaban. In this film, it seem like they kill the wizard off and the people over it were ok with it?
This is a movie to see in the theatres. Regardless of some of the flaws, it is entertaining and full of excitement that keeps the movie rolling. The good thing about the character Kowalski is that we get to follow the adventure along with him on this amazing world that JK Rowling has brought to us again. It is well worth spending the money to go see!
3 out of 5 Stars