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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Peyton Jones

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The movie Fantastic Beasts features actors and actresses Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Watterson, and Collin Farrell. Fantastic Beasts is a prequel to the Harry Potter series set in 1940s United States. The movie is a fantasy and adventure film. It is rated PG-13 for some “fantasy action violence.”

British Newt Scamander arrives in New York City with a briefcase full of magical creatures. Adventurous animals escape the briefcase and as Newt is trying to capture them his briefcase and a “no-maj’s” or non-wizard’s briefcase get swapped. Newt convinces the no-maj to help him search for his creatures, after a majority of them are captured the no-maj’s memory is erased. A disturbed young orphan boy is possessed by a very dangerous beast called an obscurus that escaped Newt’s case.

The set design in the movie was magnificent. The American take on the magical world is just as unique and whimsical as the British version. 1940’s New York was depicted very well in the movie. The ending was left wide open as if to hint at a sequel.

However, some parts of the movie were very dark and the screen would appear black for a while. The sound track is not as good as expected.

I have been anticipating this movie for several months now. The hype and buzz lived up to my expectations. It was definitely worth spending the extra money to see it in theaters. I give this movie a 4.7 out 5.

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