Just a few days shy before its release, reviews for Warner Bros’ highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have already started pouring in. And from what we could gather, it looks like this franchise is off to a fantastic start.
Based on 24 initial reviews from critics, the Harry Potter prequel debuts with a 100% fresh rating on popular film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s what some of the top critics have to say about the movie:
Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly
“Rowling, who wrote the screenplay, has layered a sophisticated and surprisingly dark origin story that will appeal more to grownups than the younger set.”
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“Likely to draw in just about everyone who followed the Potter series and to please most of them, the picture also has things to offer for fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed that phenomenon.”
Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
“The “Potter” movies were so well conceived that they contain endless possibilities for more entries, and “Fantastic Beasts” takes the bait right on cue, not repeating a formula so much as enriching it with a spellbinding polish.”
Of course, this perfect rating still has the possibility to go down as more reviews come in later, but knowing that the film has already fascinated these critics, I guess it’s safe to say that J.K. Rowling’s expanding wizarding world will also capture the hearts of the many and could imply a favorable outcome for the planned five-part franchise.
Don’t forget to watch Fantastic Beasts as it opens November 18 in US theaters.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes