Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Review
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them is the new movie from the pen of J.K. Rowling and the directorship of David Yates (Harry Potter).
Harry Potter fans will already know that the script was inspired by the Hogwart’s textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Rowling’s character Newt Scamander.
The film is set in 1920s New York and Eddie Redmayne stars as Magizoologist (there’s a job I hadn’t heard of!) Newt Scamander who enters the city at the end of a trip around the world researching and rescuing magical creatures. Something mysterious is causing chaos and destruction on the streets and threatens to expose the New York wizarding community to the No-Majs (American term for Muggles!).
Scamander is storing some of the magical creatures within hidden dimensions in the leather suitcase he carries around however the city is thrown into total disarray when an unsuspecting No-Maj (muggle), Jacob Kowalski, lets one of Newt’s creatures out of the case.
The theme of the movie centres around protecting the creatures from those who don’t understand them, those who would want to kill them. While watching it, it’s obvious to adults that tolerance and acceptance are concepts that are being promoted here and these are ideals that are clearly important to J.K. Rowling. It’s timely for these issues to be at the forefront of people’s thinking with everything that is going on in the political world at the moment.
We are introduced at the very end of the movie to the new villain of the piece, the dark master Gellert Grindelwald, who is played by… well you will just have to wait and see.
Eddie Redmayne is perfectly cast in this role and it’s great to see Colin Farrell back in the spotlight as the dastardly Percival Graves.
This movie is a must see for all Harry Potter fans. For me, it does try but doesn’t quite outshine the magic of Harry Potter but I can see this being the first in a whole new fantasy film franchise. I’m sure these fantastic creatures will be in a toy shop near you before you can say ‘Obliterate the No-Maj’
Be warned that this 133 minute movie is certified 12A and for good reason, there are some scenes that are quite dark and I imagine many young children would find them frightening. I definitely held my breath at some scenes!.