The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical ...more
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. less
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them is exactly as its name implies; Fantastic. It's the best movie in the Harry Potter universe and by a large margin at that. It's funny, witty, charming, gripping and at times truly exhilarating. The trailers don't prepare you one bit for what's on offer. It's definitely one of the most enjoyable on screen experiences this year.
Newt Salamander is kind of an oddball. He loves collecting curious creatures and one such magical beast has led him all the way to New York. In a mishap of sorts, he literally runs into a baker, Jacob, and mistakenly exchanges his bag full of magical creatures with his Jacob's. Now Jacob is a No-maj, i.e, a Muggle and has no idea what's in store for him when he opens the suitcase. Expectedly, Jacob opens it, and a number of magical creatures run wild in New York, endangering people and themselves, as well as putting the secrecy wizards keep about themselves at risk. Newt must take assistance from Tina, a disgraced Ex-Auror and find these creatures before something bad happens.
Fantastic Beasts has one of the best implementations of 3D that I've seen. The cinematography is excellent all round, with movie making the most of it's dark palette to highlight the bits of magic all around. The creatures have a fantastic amount of detail about them, and often look life like. Eddie Redmayne plays the awkward Newt Salamander really well, and truly shows a man who's more comfortable around animals than people. There's a surprise cameo at the end as well, which makes me really excited for the future of this series. Who would've thought that the best movie in the Harry Potter universe didn't feature Harry at all.