Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review
The casting here is rather excellent. Rowling’s new story fleshes out that book, and the endearing, self-proclaimed “magizoologist” who pens it, as Scamander spends his life researching all the Fantastic Beasts he can find. Oscar-winner Redmayne embodies the perfect mix of ringleader and clown, more comfortable with his creatures than with wizards and muggles, with Katherine Waterstone as the perfect foil as Porpentina Goldstein – hot on Newt’s tail, and the many tails inside his suitcase. If you’re a Potter fan, I had you at “Potter”. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
:: Director: David Yates
:: Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Dan Fogler, Jenn Murray, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight
:: Rating: M – Violence
:: Running Time: 133 minutes
:: Release Date: In cinemas now But even if you only have a passing interest, I’d argue this film has plenty to offer, with or without your wand. Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is back with a new movie franchise, the first chapter of which, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has just landed in cinemas here. But of course this isn’t just any old suitcase, and when a few “fantastic” inhabitants of said suitcase make a break for it, it won’t be long before his magical presence gets noticed. This is the tale of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Four stars. This is a surprisingly intimate watch given its scale, with moments of real tenderness, fusing the old and the new, the magic with reality, and the spectacle with heart. Newt attended Hogwarts, but over half a century before Harry Potter was even born, and wrote a textbook – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling is of course counting on her legion of fans to follow her down this new magical rabbit hole, and – I’m happy to report – has written a story worthy of that. That mission will land him in New York City, his suitcase by his side. She’s counting on her legion of fans to follow her down her new magical rabbit hole, and has written a story worthy of that loyalty.