Monday, November 28, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Released November 18th, 2016
2 hr 13 mins
Action, Adventure, Fantasy


Director: David Yates
Writer: J. K. Rowling

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein
Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
Colin Farrell as Percival Graves
Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald
Carmen Ejogo as President Seraphina Picquery
Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone
Samantha Morton as Mary Lou Barebone
Ron Perlman as Gnarlack
Jon Voight as Henry Shaw, Sr.
Josh Cowdery as Henry Shaw, Jr.
Ronan Raftery as Langdon Shaw
Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty Barebone
Jenn Murray as Chastity Barebone
Zoƫ Kravitz as Leta Lestrange

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Review by Stephen M.

J. K. Rowling brings the magic back with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The film which is the start of one of five new films planned by Rowling, introduces us to a whole new cast of characters set in 1926 America.  The film captures the humor, and thrills of the original Harry Potter film Sorcerer's Stone quite well.  With a wealth of new characters to play with along with the Fantastic Beasts, the movie will delight both old and new fans equally.

While there are some familiar references like Hogswart and Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts is a fresh look at their wizarding world with amazing sets and costume designs that is more fitting for an Al Capone movie than what you would expect from Harry Potter.  But we are often reminded that this is not a Harry Potter movie and we are fine with that as Newt Scamander played brilliantly by Eddie Redmayne makes his mark in the film.  He's not alone in providing us with great performances as Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein really shine as well.

Overall, if you haven't watched it yet, make your way to the theater to see it you won't be disappointed.  As good of a performances from the wizards and non-mags, the Fantastic Beasts easily steals the shows, leading the way with the crafty handed Niffler.  While filled with thrills, the violence for the most part is very tame making it suitable for older elementary school kids.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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