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Fantastic Beasts Review

The more I heard about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the less excited I got for the movie. First, it was the first of a trilogy and then they hired Johnny Depp to be a main character in the franchise. I thought it was all about the money so didn’t go in with very high hopes. Watching the movie, however, I would happily go and watch it again and again and again.

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Without giving too much away, Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander, a British wizard visiting New York. Within his suitcase he has brought along his many creatures and they begin to wreck havoc on New York when they escape.

Newt accidentally meets muggle (no-maj) Jacob Kowalski who learns about the wizard world and the creatures within it. Newt even comes face to face with the New York magic congress and even the Madam President.

It’s a hilariously, stunning movie that introduces a lot of interesting characters too including one Leta Lestrange, possibly a relative of an old foe called Bellatrix?

More characters are introduced including one of the baddies, whom I will not name, but who also reminds me of an Avengers super-villian.

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I loved this movie. I went to see it not expecting much but I came out with that old warm fuzzy feeling that Harry Potter once gave me. The actual movie is stunningly beautiful with a lot of colourful characters, literally, and some wonderful CGI moments. The actual creatures don’t look too weird as to not be believable and they all had their own quirks and personalities which added to the story.

The characters you meet along the way are all incredibly interesting and add a lot to the storyline. Newt is adorable and may be my favourite Harry Potter universe character ever. Setting it in New York as well added a different look into the Potterverse especially answering questions like: what are wizards like not in England? And: are there other wizard schools?

One thing I did find a bit dull was the runtime. All though it was fun to watch there were random moments that seemed to drag and being a two and a quarter hour movie you know parts will be a bit more boring than others.

I have to mention Grindelwald however. Without giving too much away, the second I saw Depp and his character I immediately thought it was just like his others. There’s nothing original with Depp anymore. It’s a copy of a copy of a copy. I was waiting for him to ask where the rum had gone in all honesty.

Would I recommend Fantastic Beasts? Oh definitely, it was such a fun movie I’d definitely watch it again and, in all honestly, I’m excited to see where they go with the rest.

What do you think of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

Until next time.

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