Okay. I was on the fence on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Not because of the book I haven’t read, but because Warner Bros. could make this movie about literally anything paying zero attention to its pre-established source material and it’d attract money like The Boy Who Lived does trouble. Then they cast Eddie Redmayne, who despite worldwide acclaim (or perhaps because of that) often underwhelms me. (Unless we’re talking Jupiter Ascending where’s he’s in full camp diva mode/is my everything.) But all my wariness has been ava-cadavered thanks to this magical trailer.
It feels a little like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was made for me. Like just, specifically for me. Here’s how I imagine the planning meeting went at WB:
Warner Bros Exec 1: Well, we know Kristy wasn’t into Donna Justice. How can we get her back?
Warner Bros Exec 2: She’s really into Winter’s Tale and Jupiter Ascending, and she’s apparently obsessed with the sex lives of fictional witches and wizards. What if we cast Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell in a Harry Potter movie set in Jazz Age, New York City. Glamor, speakeasys and intrigue!
Warner Bros Exec 1: Oooooo. Let’s also get Ron Perlman in there. Everybody loves him.
Warner Bros Exec 2: And a Marry Poppins bag bit!
Warner Bros Exec 1: She doesn’t have a prayer!
(Much maniacal laughing ensues.)
Fine, WB. You win.
Kristy Puchko lives in
perpetual fear that ice cream will become self-aware New York City.