Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Review

Genre Fantasy
Directed by David Yates
Starring    Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell
Released on 10 November 2016 (Alice Tully Hall), 18 November 2016(United Kingdom & United States)
Duration    133 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 9.5/10
Channel Netflix

If you loved Harry Potter you’re going to love ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’. After the gigantic legendary Harry Potter ended with seven best-selling books and eight box office hit movies, the bar for Fantastic Beasts was set incredibly high. Expectations were through the roof and the fans basically wanted a miracle.

Well, we needn’t really have worried because the movie is amazing. The plot line, the cast, characters, graphics, script, literally everything is perfect. JK Rowling does not disappoint.

Fantastic Beasts is set before Harry’s time. The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just arrived in New York after finding and documenting an extraordinary set of magical creatures, all of which by the way live in his briefcase. After a little bit of a tiff, he passes through customs and enters the Big Apple. There wasn’t supposed to be much of a struggle, New York was just a brief stop-over. But an alarming set of unfortunate events causes much bigger problems than just a time delay.

Involving an adorable No-Maj (muggle) Jacob, a crazy set of escaped ‘beasts’ and a very sinister force lurking just beneath the movie is a glance into the incredibly, almost ridiculously talented JK Rowling.

The movie tugs at your heartstrings when we see instances of abuse on young Credence Barebone and lifts you up with Newt’s insane Beasts and Jacob’s guileless dialogues. It’s really a perfect combination. The animations are worlds better than the ones we saw in HP and are stunningly realistic yet dreamy enough that you know it’s all magic. The music is exquisite and graces the action, romance, comedy and sorrow way better than any of us could have imagined.

The movie is a masterpiece, and I don’t want to give too much away because I want you to watch it. I was quietly screaming every time I caught an HP reference and it was a dream come true. It keeps you at the edge of your seat and leaves you wanting more. Watch it! This is one you don’t want to miss.

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