Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Review

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If you are as much of a die hard Harry Potter fan as myself then you have undoubtedly already seen Fantastic Beasts. Hopefully, you were not as disappointed as I was. In hindsight, perhaps I was expecting too much. It was a passably entertaining movie but certainly did not instill in me a need to see its sequels.

Set in the late 1920’s Fantastic Beasts follows young wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he enters NYC to release a rescued magical creature. However, Newt’s plans go awry when several of the magical creatures in his care escape, inadvertently exposing the magical world. This exposure threatens a city already on the brink thanks to a mysterious evil plaguing the streets.

The movie had two highlights for me. Firstly the incredible CGI that fully had me expecting to see a niffler the next time I walked down the street. The creatures were wicked cool and crazy realistic. The second was the character Queenie (Alison Sudol) who was like a breath of fresh air and actually far more likeable than her sister, Tina (Katherine Waterson) who had more screen time.

The plot didn’t build satisfyingly and as a result the ending fell flat. It felt a little like the movie was trying too hard to build the foundations of the next four movies and didn’t have enough depth in its own right. I’m actually having trouble identifying why it didn’t click for me the same way as Harry Potter but I think the plot was the main issue. It’s safe to say I’m in the minority with such opinions as the movie has been hugely successful.

If you are a J.K. Rowling fan you probably owe it to her to give this movie a go and judge it for yourself – lets face it the woman is incredibly talented. Personally though I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars by keeping in mind I may have enjoyed it more had my expectations not been so high.

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