“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
3 out of 4 stars
Cast: Eddie Redmyne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler
Director: David Yates
Run time: 2 hrs 13 mins
By Ashley Pell – Collegiate Staff
We are no longer in the world of innocent coming of age Harry Potter anymore. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” shows fans how horrifying the wizarding world really is.
Traveling throughout New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures, Newt Scamander with the help of a witch and a muggle, try to get all of Scamander’s furry creatures back in their case. Not only do they try to hunt the creatures down, but something much darker comes out to play.
It takes an hour to delve into the horror story behind the real one about the wizarding world in America. The little dashes of comedy are thrown in to lighten dark spots, while twists and turns throughout the film keep it interesting. Once you think something is going to happen, the opposite occurs.
The effects in the film were far better than the ones in previous Harry Potter movies. There are more magical creatures, less playing around in school with your friends, more things blowing up, different evil magic, same amount of excitement.
Eddie Redmayne is the perfect leading man to take over the reigns of main character in the wizarding world after Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter. Newt Scamander (Redmayne) is obsessed with magical creatures, and is like a middle school boy going through puberty in his awkward stage, feeling nervous around things that excite him. As the movie drags on, however, he looks more comfortable while wandering the streets of New York City looking for his creatures.
The supporting cast, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler play their characters well. Percival Graves (Farrell) and Credence (Miller) are two characters that you would never expect to be a main focus. Fogler plays the muggle who stumbled across Redmayne’s character, and they end up helping one another out. Waterston could use a couple more acting classes, but portrayed Goldstein exact, the mess up who tries to fix her mistakes.
With the excitement that is hunting down beasts, there are no good times to break for a drink or a quick bathroom stop. Due to the excitement, you’ll just lose your mind and keep asking the person next to you what is going on, which is disrupting to others around you.