Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Review: Set in 1920s New York, in which a wizard becomes involved in a battle against dark forces that threaten the city. This takes place seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Director: David Yates
Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton
Year: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Conclusion: 4/5
Here comes another franchise from the creator of the Harry Potter saga J.K. Rowling. Outstanding performance from Eddie Redmayne who in this comes across so likeable. Great ensemble cast but the other actor that really stood out for me was Samantha Morton. All of the performances were enjoyable. According to J.K. Rowling Eddie Redmayne was the first and once choice for this lead role. He didn’t even have to audition to get the part. Great to see David Yates back directing (other films are Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2). The set-designs are amazing. The C.G.I is also incredible. The costuming is very good and sets the tone for the era well. This is an incredibly long film standing in at 2 hours and 13 mins. However you do not notice the time drag or notice how long the film is. Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002 but was turned down after just reading one line. Just some of the themes that occur in this are Identity, Lies and Deceit, Violence and Youth. David Yates is already working on directing the second chapter of this (out in 2018) and is going to direct 3 (out in 2020), 4 (out in 2022) and 5 (out in 2024). This is the first so called “Harry Potter” film to win an Academy Award. At the Academy Awards in 2017 this won 1 Oscar and that was for Best Costume Design. At the Bafta Awards also in 2017 this won Best Production Design.


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