Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open in theaters on Thursday and nationwide on Friday but the ratings have already started to come in on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that aggregates reviews, and the film has reached an impressive 100% “fresh rating.”
24 advance reviews have been logged on the website and not one of them is negative towards the Harry Potter prequel. Advance reviews have indicated that the performances are strong and that J.K. Rowling has a lot of story left to tell in this magical universe.
The following is a small collection of early reviews for the film.
The Wrap‘s Jason Solomons:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has all the makings of a huge family blockbuster, but all the bloated traps of those, too. It hasn’t quite got the balance right, but, like the title hints, surely knows where to find the magic formula over the ensuing movies. I’d check down that cheeky Niffler’s pouch, for starters.
Collider‘s Matt Goldberg:
Who needs Harry Potter? The boy wizard was the hero of one of the most popular book and film series of all-time, but with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it’s undeniable that the clear star is screenwriter and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. While magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is ostensibly the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts, it’s clear that rather than take us through another hero’s journey arc, Rowling wants to take her audience to a different era with timely conflicts. Director David Yates helps provide a cohesive vision, and Rowling brings us an endearing cast of characters that we’ll want to follow on new adventures.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Ezra Miller. Johnny Depp and Zoe Kravitz will also make a brief appearance in the movie and will then return in the second one, which is slated for a November 2018 release.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on November 18, 2016.