Movie Review – ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’

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Hello everyone! 🙂

Last weekend on the Saturday, I saw the film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’. I enjoyed seeing the film! I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it since I’m not really a ‘Harry Potter’ fan, even though I’ve seen all eight films of the series. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was this interesting new magical experience!

The film is a sort-of prequel to ‘Harry Potter’ and is by J.K. Rowling, the creator of the ‘Harry Potter’ universe. The story is set in 1926 and takes place in New York, America. I enjoyed the 1920s period aspects to this film and it was interesting to see the wizardry world of Rowling in that special setting.

The story is about a young English wizard called Newt Scamander. He comes over on a trip to New York, carrying a suitcase of fantastic creatures inside. Very soon, the fantastic creatures get out of his suitcase and he has to do everything he can to try and recover them before the Muggles spot them.

The performances of the cast were superb in this film. There’s Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Alison Sudol as Queenie, Tina’s sister. There was also Colin Farrell (who I’ve seen as Bullseye in ‘Daredevil’) as the slippery Percival Graves.

I enjoyed the group aspects of the heroes in this movie between Newt Scamander, Tina, Jacob and Queenie, even when Newt seemed to prefer working alone. There were also some nice subtle romantic aspects in the movie, especially between Jacob and Queenie and also Scamander and Tina.

I couldn’t believe the amount of unusual creatures that were featured in this film and they all end up in some book by Newt Scamander which apparently Harry Potter will read one day. It was very scary when a monstrous darkness called an Obscurus causes murderous destruction within New York City.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ was a great film to see at the cinema. It felt grown-up compared to the series of ‘Harry Potter’ films I’ve seen. There was a lot to take in, but it was intriguing to see how the wizardry world of J.K. Rowling worked in a 1920s American setting and with such many fantastical beasts in it!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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