Hello Everyone! So I've seen Fantastic Beast twice now and It only seemed to get better with the second viewing. Which is pretty much amazing because it was the best Harry Potter movie for me the first time I saw it. I freaking loved this movie. I can't stress that enough. Newt was freaking awesome in a dorky, eccentric, adorable kind of way that made me fall in love with him instantly. Tina and Queenie have to much charm and personality for their own good (and I love it) and they balance each other out perfectly. And Jacob was just the perfect character to ad to the group with his "take it as it comes personality" and enthusiasm. And that's without mentioning my two favorite side plot characters; Grindelwald and Credence.
I also really loved all of the Beasts that they shown and it was hilarious and fun watching Newt and the gang trying to catch them all. Many of the beasts themselves also had great personalities worked into the script and are utterly utterly charming. Especially when Newt is interacting with them. You can really tell that he loves his beasts and that they love him. In fact, Newt seems to get along better with animals than humans. But he himself seems to have a certain level of contempt for humanity that he made perfectly easy to understand with just one line. I'm sure we all know what that is so I'll just leave that out xD
Grindelwald is also surprisingly relatable for a Rowling villain and I gotta tell you, I'm loving it. I understand where he's coming from in other words. I don't think that wizards should take over the world or anything. But I also don't understand why they should have to hide in the shadows. I mean, in America they don't even let magical people befriends with No-majs. That's kind of extreme America... Seriously. Get over yourselves and stop being dicks to your own people when clearly some no-maj's are totally down with not killing wizards. -points at Jacob- I'm not sure if she meant to make Grindelwald unexpectedly relatable with his desire to pull the wizarding world out of the shadows, but she did with this movie. Now that I think about it, this very well could have been why Albus was all buddy buddy with him when they were younger. lol
Now that's I've mentioned Grindelwald and Albus in the same paragraph it's time to bring up my favorite side story! Credence and Graves/Grindelwald. I can't stress how much I loved this side story. Which is why I couldn't understand why people hated it so much at first. Well, beyond the abuse that was shown but that was a critical part of Credence's story. Yes, they could have maybe left a lot of it out. However, I feel that doing so would have made Credence's story... Less gripping and sympathetic. He is suppose to be a sympathetic character in a very bad situation. You're suppose to feel uncomfortable. You're heart is suppose to bleed for him. You're suppose to want to reach your hand through the screen and slap his mother senseless or worse. So I don't really agree with that part of the complaints.
But that's not the biggest complaint I see. The biggest complaint I see is people calling this side plot irrelevant and a waste of time. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, this story answered a question that has been bothering me for a very long time and It revolves around Dumbledore's little sister Ariana Dumbledore. And that's when I realized what the problem was. That right there in all of it's glory.
Fantastic Beasts is not as much a prequel to the movies as some might think. It is a prequel to the books and the Obscurial plotline proves this point excellently. People don't understand it because Ariana was hardly even mentioned in the movies. Her story was never told through Rita Skeeters book like it was in the books. So people who haven't read the books wouldn't understand the signification value there is in this plot. They wouldn't understand why Grindelwald would be looking for an obscurial or maybe even wonder why he knows what an obscuial is at all when so many other wizards seem to be dot dot doting. They wouldn't even understand why Rowling even put this plotline in the movie at all as it seems so separate from Newt's story.
I certainly don't blame the movie only people for that of course. I'm just saying I can see where they are coming from. It's a real pity that the movies ignored Ariana's story in the first set of movies. It is truly something fascinating and gives you more of a glimpse into how Dumbledore became the person he is now. But I think I'm going to stop it here for now before I annoy you all into your graves with my never ending wall of nerdism. I will, of course, probably bring up more stuff as I think about it. But I figured we all needed a safe place to talk about this movie where we can be as spoilertastic as we want to be. Here you go nerds! <3