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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

If magic is your thing, then Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them definitely is the film for you. Whether or not you want to believe magic is real, or if you just love the wonderfully creative world that J.K. Rowling has created, then this adventrous film feels like the complete package. It’s got memorable characters, plenty of interaction between the wizarding and non-wizarding communities and deals with some relatively interesting topics within their world. Just what would happen if a Muggle, or a No-Maj, were to find out about the wizarding world? Read on to find out more!

logoOverview

Distributed By Warner Bros. Pictures
Air Time 2hr 13 mins
UK Release Date
18 November 2016
Genre Fantasy

Review

Story

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Magical creatures are a sore subject in New York, where owning a beast from the magical realm is strictly a no-go. If a Muggle were to find out about the magical world there could be grave consequences. That’s what the ex-auror Tina Goldstein believes, so she apprehends a strange wizard under the name of Newt Scamander, who happens to have a suitcase of magical beasts. After some creatures escape and cause some serious mischief; from trying to steal from a vault, to trying to mate with the “local wildlife”, Newt, Tina and a bunch of their would-be friends get together to find these creatures and return them to their rightful place.

But with the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) keeping a close eye on Newt and his magical creatures and strange occurances happening around New York, this won’t be an easy task!

Characters

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The characters are all odd in their own way, making this a quintessential British film. From Tina Goldstein, who is so devoted to being an Auror (even when she isn’t), to Newt himself who will often forget about how the wizarding world works, the characters are a great mix. The no-maj who accompanies Newt, Jacob, plays a huge part in the film and it’s a rather sad hearing the amount of times the wizards are so quick to say “let’s obliviate his memories”.

Talking quickly about Jacob, he provides such a feel-good, comic relief balance to an otherwise quite serious story. There’s a lot of political trechery from within the MACUSA, making this an ideal

Audio

As always with a film in the Harry Potter franchise, the audio is stunning. There’s no mistaking it, the music is simple and pleasant, but with enough intrigue and interest that makes it absolutely captivating. There’s a slight hint of menace within the opening theme, that you know that it’s not going to be an all clean movie – Which it certainly isn’t. There are enough moments within that were relatively shocking for the age rating; but not too far. It was just enough shock and intrigue that made it captivating. The audio merely was the icing on the cake.

Overall

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They’ve only gone and done it again – Something that not everyone thought was possible. J.K. Rowling and co have pulled off another magical film, filled to the brim with exciting adventures, memorable characters and excellent writing. It starts off a bit slow, which makes you start to question a lot of the characters motives; but just as you think that, the film throws a curveball and tells you exactly what you’re looking for. They explain Newt’s backstory and why he’s running around with his suitcase filled with magical creatures; they explain why he’s gone to New York; they explain why New York is dangerous at the moment. It’s all explained.

All in all, I’m really looking forward to the next lot of films that are going to follow this one. I’m curious enough to want to know more about Newt and even characters such as . As the Pottermore project has shown, there really is a lot more content to be discovered in this magical world. But that’s that – It’s now over to you. Have you seen Fantastic Beasts yet? What do you think of the film, or even the direction it’s taken? Are you excited to see the new young Dumbledore in the next movie following this one? As always, share your opinions below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

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