Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Is that all that is in your case?
Writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) had every intention of laying low during his trip to New York City, but when he accidentally switches suitcases with No-Maj (what Americans call Muggles) Mr. Kowalski, (Dan Folger) he ends up opening his case and letting several magical beasts escape. While the newly demoted Auror Tina (Katherine Waterston) attempts to help Newt and Kowalski, another Auror Graves (Colin Farrell) is lurking in the shadows and trying to groom a young man named Credence (Ezra Miller) into helping him find something.
The Harry Potter universe means everything to me. I went through a period of not liking to read leisurely, then when I picked up those books they instantly brought me back into that grove. Fantastic Beasts may not capture the magic the way the original films did, but it definitely brings back a lot of nostalgia.
The story is thankfully more about just catching missing creatures, and the more serious story surrounding Credence is by far the most interesting. Ezra Miller gives the best performance in this film and seeing the Wizarding world through the eyes of muggles is an interesting touch. Redmayne was a very capable lead, even though I was beginning to get a little annoyed at how Newt never looks anyone straight on.
There were a few unneeded side stories, like that of a newspaper editor's son wanting to impress his family, but thankfully those don't take up too much time. The special effects in this movie stand out. I'll be shocked if this doesn't receive an Oscar nomination.
Memorable Quote: "Why did you keep me around, anyways?" - Mr. Kowalski (Dan Folger)