Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them chronicles Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) journey into New York. Some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape from his magical briefcase which could lead to trouble in the muggle world and wizarding world.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, so being able to go back to this universe makes Fantastic Beasts one of my most anticipated films this year. David Yates has directed every Potter film since Order of the Phoenix, having him back to usher in a new universe was crucial. Also this is the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. There’s no one the audience should trust more with this universe than her. It doesn’t hurt to have Eddie Redmayne and Colin Ferrell as well. Will Fantastic Beasts be the return to one of the most beloved worlds in Hollywood?
J.K. Rowling managed to take us back to this magical world without a hitch. Fantastic Beasts is such a fun time at the movies. The characters are all lovable, and you care about them, and the journey that they are on. She writes such witty banter between Newt and Kowalski (Dan Fogler) works perfectly for the tone of the film.
The performances are stellar across the board. Eddie Redmayne is phenomenal as Newt Scamander. You can tell that Newt is just a wide eyed guy coming to America for the first time and just taking it all in. At the same time you know that he is a really good wizard. When things start to go wrong you know that he can handle it. Katherine Waterson plays Tina a Wizard that helps Newt on his hunt to recapture the beasts that have escaped. She does a really good job playing off of Redmayne. You buy their blossoming friendship, and the care that they have for each other.
Colin Ferrel plays the villain of Graves. He’s on the hunt for Newt, and also has it out for Credence (Ezra Miller). Both play that villainous role very well, with Miller having a lot more depth to his character. Miller really shines through, and his performance isn’t really getting a ton of credit.
The set designs, and CGI in Fantastic Bests makes this a visual site to behold. David Yates and J.K. Rowling bring their best back to the wizarding world once again.