Could ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ outshine the Harry Porter septology?
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (Rowling) is a movie based on the works of J.K. Rowling, the Harry Porter septology writer, directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. In most ways, the movie has its merits. However, it also has its shortcomings on the directing, production, setting and many other aspects.
On the part of directing, story creation and development, this movie as compared to Rowling’s Harry Porter masterpiece lacks the twist in the story. The movie is quite predictable to the extent of matching the ‘Marvel’ movies. New York again gets destroyed in a climactic barrage of special effects.
On the part of the actors, for everyone who remember deathly hollow symbol and all the atmosphere of the Harry Porter films, watching Newt and his new group of friends doesn’t quite come around as expected. The group does not quite click together as we saw in the case of the Harry Porter stories. In brief, Rowling’s’ Fantastic Beasts is a failed reincarnation of the Harry Potter series.
J.K. Rowling’s and director Yates try to bring out a new and innovative style of movie. Instead of focusing on a heroic story where one character travels through the film and is expected to come out of it triumphantly, she introduces a new way, a different era, in that timely conflict is introduced at different points of the story development. Director David has come out successful, in trying to provide a cohesive vision for the audience. Rowling’s also brings out a wide variety of characters that the audience would like to follow throughout the storyline. The attention of the audience is therefore distributed over many points of focus, and the summation of all these parts influences the perception of the movie by the audience. In most ways, the producer and Director have tried to come up with a perfect product, but it still doesn’t match due to many flaws such as character linking and so on.
The playwright is useful in selecting and sticking with the subject of play. Throughout the story’s runtime, the theme and setting are not conflicting. The selection of the setting ties in very well with them and even helps in bringing out the theme more clearly. Being a fantasy movie, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings out the aspect of imagination in a perfect way. In the playwright, themes such as fear and tolerance are well represented. However, concerning character linking and behavior, the script is faulty in the part where Rowling’s brings out the theory that bigots hate other races whereas, in the real sense that is not applicable, only wizards pose a threat to members of other races or groups of people. The Playwright, therefore, is shaky and weak concerning establishing a point of view but good in the creation of drama and dramatic characters.
In the film, Redmayne, playing the character of Newt breaks out in a dance when trying to cope with one of the beasts in the movie. He can overcome the challenge in acting by incorporating the use of body and voice to captivate the audience. Other characters also can overcome this. It is clear that the skill of the actors is exemplary in synthesis and integration, focusing mainly on the beasts. The challenge presented by these circumstances is the translation of fantasy from incredulity to the state where it possesses an element that makes it resemble reality and gain some credibility. Considering how hard it is for an actor to balance between real and virtual, the actors do well and overcome this challenge.