Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are just as magical as the Harry Potter universe was 15 years ago

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The continuation of J.K Rowlings Harry Potter universe takes us to New York City in 1924 and stars Eddie Redmayne in the role of his life. 

I am 24 years old so of course I grew up in the highlight of Harry Potter in the 2000s. I loved the books. The movie adaptations are a bit more “Nope” But that is a story for another day. In this new series of films the plotline has moved away from England and Hogwarts and we are now following Newt Scamander, the magiozoologist trying to study magical beasts in New York City.

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Eddie Redmayne is a weird man, which is exactly why roles like this suits him so great. Newt Scamander is a weird clumsy wizard with a big heart of magical creatures but who tends to come of as annoying to most people. Here he meets Tina Goldstein, played by the wonderful Katherine Waterston and together they have to ally with some No-Maj(American word for muggles) and hunt down the lost magical creatures. Colin Farrel plays Percival Graves. a powerful high ranking auror trying to protect the wizarding community from the No-Maj.

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The acting is splendid here, and Eddie Redmaybe manages to have chemistry with everyone he shares screentime with. He is one of Englands finest actors and even though Newt Scamander is not the brave and cunning hero Harry Potter is. This works out to a charm. His quirky nature mized with Redmaynes terrific acting makes it brilliant to look at.

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The techincal parts has alot to talk about. The effects are pretty great. This is the kind of movie that will make anyone who grew up with the Harry Potter Books channel their inner 13 year old wizard. We have goblins, nifflers Thunderbirds and bowtruckles and they all look truly fantastic. The CGI here makes this movie truly a fantastic beast.

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The costumes here are also remarkable and worth mentioning. The first Academy Award for a movie set in JK Rowlings Wizard World went to this movie for best costume design and Colleen Atwood really shows exactly why she deserved it. The way the wizards are dressed in comparison to the muggles (Still don’t like the word No-Maj) is incredible and it looks like 1924 New York with that magical touch.

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Let us talk about the music a little. It is composed by James Newton Howard, most famous recently for composing the music for The Hunger Games trilogy and he uses alot of the original tunes from John Williams including “Hedwigs Theme” and makes his own unique touch to it. It is a great soundtrack in this film.

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The plot is a bit weak, and that is worth mentioning. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the name of a schoolbook Harry Potter uses at Hogwarts and well the movie is very slow paced. The first half of the movie tries to set up the entire film franchise and the plot doesn’t really move forward until there are like 30 minutes left.

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It is important to remember that this is not Harry Potter films, but it feels the same anyway. The unique feeling of magic is still in the air. There are planned five films in this new film series and after the massive popularity of Harry Potter the future looks bright for magic and wizards.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the kind of movie that Potterlovers adore. Even though the plot is a bit thin there are plenty of magic and fantastic beasts to enjoy in this movie and Eddie Redmaynes terrific acting makes it one of the finer blockbusters of 2016, and from here on it can only go up.

Score: 8/10

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