Movie Review: Fantastic beasts and where to find them

‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ is the latest magical action film in the Harry Potter series.

Based on the 2001 J.K.Rowling novel of the same name – the book is written as Harry Potter’s textbook on the study of ‘magizoology’.

 

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ is one of Harry’s first year books for Hogwarts.

 

However unlike Harry Potter’s typically-British setting, the film is set in glamorous, beautiful 1920s New York.

 

The film features stunning visuals, great costumes, plenty of magical beasts and of course, a plethora of special effects.

 

Although Eddie Redmayne takes the lead as the introverted, bumbling Newt Scamander – he is supported by a solid ensemble cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Jon Voigt, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and innocent-bystander-muggle, Jacob Kowalski.

 

Eddie Redmayne spends much of the movie shyly delivering his lines to the feet of those around him, yet truly comes into his own as the gentle caretaker of his magical creatures.

 

Built by a regular creative Potter team that includes screenplay by J.K.Rowling, Director David Yates and Designer Stuart Craig ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ will certainly please Harry Potter fans – and entertain new ones.

With a timely underbelly that shows a society divided and the resulting persecution of minorities – in true Harry Potter fashion – the film brings some depth to what could have simply been a mindless couple of hours.

Currently playing theatres, you can check out the official trailer here:

 

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