So, I saw FBWTF a few weeks ago now...and I loved it! It was breathtaking and funny and scary and heartwarming and sad and a little cringy at times but also so freaking BEAUTIFUL. I mean...I loved this film!
However...I've waited a while to pull my thoughts together about it, because there were things I didn't like. By things, I mean thinG.
But, let's start with the positives -
Eddie Redmayne is a precious cinnamon roll who needs to be protected at all costs. He is just amazing! I honestly love him, I love Newt, I love the way his character was written as such a bumbling little person who is so shy around humans but also a little dark and secretive and certainly an exceptional wizard. I mean, the spell work on the case alone (and with respect to that, the CGI) was incredible! I loved the structure of Newt's world and how you could see how comfortable he was around animals and how powerful he is without really looking it. (I feel like the case is kinda a metaphor for Newt - he's very simple and quiet on the outside but is really this amazing character with lots of different facets and so much more to explore)
Also, Colin Farrell's portrayal of Graves was brilliant. I loved the way he played the character and just...I don't know I just think he was amazing, and I wasn't much of a fan of his before FB.
And don't get me started on the world! I didn't know how they could top the realism and beauty and incredible sets of Hogwarts...but I think they did. New York was a beautiful setting, and I think the era and the way it was woven into the story was brilliant. I wasn't sure about the whole MACUSA thing at first, but I found it very intriguing, and I hope more will be revealed about it in later films.
And I can't forget Jacob. He was the highlight of the movie. He was just GOLD. (Still a little upset about the whole Queenie thing but I have hope!) And the Niffler, and the Thunderbird! Aaah just all the creatures too!
I really didn't like Johnny Depp. There, I said it! When I found out he'd been cast I was a little apprehensive but figured I couldn't judge til I'd seen the film, and now I have. And I really don't like him. I think so many other people could have done better, even though he is one of my favourite actors. (For example, on reflection I reckon Gary Oldman would have done a brilliant job, however he's Sirius and I accept its a long shot) But Colin Farrell was so good!! He was amazing! I kinda hope he comes back as maybe the real Graves (I don't know whether it's Polyjuice or enchantment or maybe there is no Graves, but it's likely the real one if there is one is dead). But I accept that also is unlikely.
Still, I genuinely can't wait for the next film. I just...its so lovely to return to the world (as if we never actually left it lol) and I honestly teared up when that WB logo turned up and Hedwig's theme and...yeah...I love it