Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Okay, I know this movie hit the theaters a month ago (maybe longer) but I only got to see it tonight. My schedule is such that it often takes a holiday to free up time to see a couple movies. I am home hoping to catch at least three between now and the end of the year.
I must say I was a bit disappointed in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It felt flat to me. Don't get me wrong, the visuals were awesome. The imagination of J.K. Rowling who wrote the screenplay was on full display with an array of creatures that leaped from the edge of her mind onto the screen. Still, the movie lacked the tug of a Harry Potter movie and I think it had to do with the performance of Eddie Redmayne.
An Oscar winner, Redmayne is a great actor but in this performance he tries to be eccentric and for me it didn't work. I found his constantly looking away from people and his non-assertiveness simply non-believable and frankly, annoying.
What did save the film for me was the brilliance of Dan Fogler. He absolutely stole this movie from the rest of the cast. You found yourself rooting for him and caring more about him than anyone else. And he was the muggle!
There was one thing about Fogler that really had me doing a second take. On screen he looks A LOT like the late comedian/actor John Candy. His mannerisms are very similar as well. I kept doing a double-take at the screen. The resemblance was that strong to me. But that is a compliment.
I went on discount night to see this movie so I don't really feel cheated but I might have if I had paid twelve bucks to get in. This is a good movie but really it is matinee material or wait until it comes out on DVD. On the movie scale, this rates a 3.5 of 5.