While I’m glad to see an actor as talented as Eddie Redmayne stepping into J.K. Rowling’s universe, I still have concerns. Obviously not much can be said of the plot at present, but from this footage I’m mainly worried about the level of cheese we’re going to have smeared in our faces. What was brilliant about the Harry Potter films was that they matured over time and became darker, however this appears to be heading back to more lighthearted and (forgive me for saying this) childish territory. I want this to be fun but without crossing the line into stupidity.
I can honestly say that I was delighted with this film. I knew absolutely nothing about it and then was overjoyed upon discovering it was one of the most uplifting films I have encountered for a long time. The writing is superb, telling a story that’s compelling and funny with an appropriate air of melancholia, combined with characters the audience easily connects with to create an three dimensional film with substance. For me, the outstanding performances from Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan really elevate the film and give it a beating heart. Watch it now!
Approaching this as a documentary I knew very little about, I found it to be interesting and informative, yet difficult to watch. Some of the material and accompanying footage is shocking to say the least, but this adds to the overall impact the film has. It manages to capture the essence of good documentary film making; showing every aspect of the chosen subject without shying away from the darker sides, however distressing they may be. The subject is approached with utmost sincerity and it paints an unbiased picture, whilst delivering a number of messages that resonate with a modern audience.