Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It’s back to the magical world of Harry Potter, and even further back in time.
This family friendly fantasy film follows Newt Scamander, a British wizard with an affinity for studying and collecting magical creatures, as he lands in New York City in 1926 with a magical suitcase full of fantastic beasts.
When a few of his beloved pets get loose, Scamander’s quest to reclaim them lands him in the middle of political intrigue in the American wizarding community. Befriending an auror, or wizard detective to you muggles, Newt discovers there’s more at play than a few missing creatures. It’s up to him and his new friends to unravel the mystery behind the dark forces threatening the city.
After the global phenomenon that was the Harry Potter Franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” had a lot to live up to, and it, surprisingly, holds its own. With no books informing people of the plot beforehand, this first in a five-movie franchise had more to offer by way of surprises and plot twists.
Fans of the original series will have the chance to expand their knowledge of this magical universe by hopping the pond to the American wizarding world.
The newly initiated have the chance for a fresh start to jump in. While there are a few extra nods and easter eggs for people who’ve read the book, the movie is largely a stand-alone spin-off, so non-Potterheads need not fear entry.
Films set in the roaring twenties always have a chance to be fun, and “Fantastic Beasts” is no exception
The period fashion with a magical twist and scenes of historic New York give the film a wonderful atmosphere.
Eddie Redmayne plays a likable lead, and the side characters almost steal the show with their comedic timing.
Special notice should also be given to the titular beasts, which are not only well designed, but display the personality we always love to see in our animal kingdom friends.
If you’ve been waiting for the chance to jump into J.K. Rowling’s world, let these wizards work some magic on you.