Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Around 1920, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) took a trip from England to New York and with him her brought many creatures from the magical world. You see, Newt is a wizard and he is doing research on these animals so they are better understood, but when his bag carrying the animals is lost, all the animals escape. Newt isn’t too worried because he knows how to get all the animals back, but when a dangerous entity begins to causes havoc in New York, Newt’s animals are to blame.
Taking place several decades before Harry Potter, this movie really has nothing to do with our beloved franchise except for some terms and several mentions of Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts is an adventure movie that has a deeper story than it seems on paper. Obviously if Newt’s case isn’t lost and the animals don’t escape then none of this happens, but they do so here we are. At first I though this was a movie just to showcase great CGI and make more “Harry Potter” money, but as the movie went along, the story got more interesting and involved. Just like in the Harry Potter books, these characters are unique and special and people we can love just as much. I actually was impressed.
The only negative I have to say about the movie is the fact that as the story got deeper and more complex, it was harder to follow. Mainly it was part surrounding Mr. Graves, Credence and the Oculus that had me confused, but then again, I didn’t read the books so maybe things with clear up as more movies come out. It isn’t something I consider bad, it just kept me from fulling loving this movie as much as the Harry Potter stories.
At the end of the day, I’m interested to see where this story goes because, let’s face it, it’s a story told by J.K. Rowling. I usually don’t like adventure stories that revolve around 1 aspect (the animals getting out of the case) but this movie saves face as it adds layers. I recommend this for anyone who is a Harry Potter fan, but due to the end, you may need to see it a second time to grasp it all. Co-starring Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, John Voight, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Ron Pearlman, and Ezra Miller.
7/10 Stars – Fantastic Beasts surprised me with its added dept (perhaps too much complexity for what it is), but when it is a story told by J.K Rowling, expect a good story and plenty of great characters.