I'M SO THANKFUL THIS DIDN'T SUCK.
With Cursed Child being less than impressive, I was a little worried that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would let me down too. But I needn’t have worried - it lived up to the hype and left me stoked for more new material in the next few years.
Can I just say that Eddie Redmayne is flipping adorable???? I can't even cope with how precious he is (the freckly face!) and how perfectly he fits the role of Newt Scamander. I loved his suitcase and all the creatures he kept inside it (the Niffler and his favourite Bowtruckle really captured my heart) and there's a certain magic to seeing an Oscar winner perform a mating dance in Central Park Zoo.
The supporting cast is just as charming: bumbling Jacob who is as enchanted by the Wizarding World as we are; the delightful Legilimens Queenie (she’s almost a grown-up version of Luna but slightly less whimsical); and headstrong and sassy Tina who can't help being intrigued by Newt even when he's (accidentally) wreaking havoc with his case of creatures. I SHIP BOTH THESE RELATIONSHIPS SO HARD.
I’m trying not to spoil it for you in case you haven’t seen it yet (though really, what are you doing that you haven’t run to the nearest theatre??), but I’ll admit I partially saw some of those twists coming. They were still well done and classic J.K. Rowling, but I’m going to need another movie (or three) to convince me that [redacted actor] was really the best choice for [redacted character].
I’m also trying to work out what roles some of the minor characters will play - that one senator’s son, and the creepy child, and MERLIN’S PANTS, I JUST REMEMBERED THE NAME DROP THAT HAD ME CHOKING ON MY POPCORN. If I ever lost faith in JKR’s imagination (not possible, but IF), this movie would be the very thing to bring me back from the brink.
Shameless self-promotion: here’s a slightly more coherent review where I didn’t use a lot of capital letters.