Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – review

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The first in the new series of Harry Potter movies, that don’t have anything to do with Harry Potter. Set in 1920s New York, the story follows Newt Scamander, who has brought a case of illegal magigal beasts with him, the beasts would like to escape from the case and somebody, possibly dark wizard Grindalwald would like them to escape and cause mayhem in the city.

Oh boy did I enjoy Fantasitic Beasts And Where To Find Them, from the opening credits usage of familar music of Hedwigs theme and the moving newspapers, it felt like welcoming an old friend you haven’t seen for a while. But now it’s even better. The worse thing about the HP movies was child actors that were only so-so at acting. Well there are no bad acting children here.

JK Rowling has done a very good job here, making a good transition from author to screenplay writer. As this isn’t an adaption but a story that is being told directly through film. It doesn’t feel rushed or cramped or like something has been cut out like the HP movies often did.

The special effects look very good and in general the movie is very glossy and grand.

The heroes of the movie are all relative unknown actors, all have distinct personalities. Newt Scamander is an outsider but is as rare as the monsters he has in his suitcase, a shy self-depreciating Hufflepuff who prefers the company of creatures to people and Eddie Redmayne puts in a great performance.

The world building is great, as we are familiar with the wizarding world of JK Rowling, but it is still a little different, art deco New York and the American Wizard culture, that it feels new.

While the story of Fantastic Beasts and Next is only one, perhaps 2 movies worth out of a commissioned  6 pictures and it is obvious where it is going, to anyone with half an interest in the wizarding world … Dumbledores backstory.

Fantastic Beasts is a fun reintroduction into the world of magic, count me in. I’ll happily watch the next movies too, especially if they get darker and more epic.