Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is the new era of the Harry Potter Universe. The film is set in 1926 where 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 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 Muggle worlds.
In a sense this is a prequel sequel film. Before Harry Potter in time but this film was made afterwards. Whilst it may be set in the mid 1920’s, in the film there is a mention of Albus Dumbledore. Newt Scamander was a student at Hogwarts but he was expelled for nearly killing a muggle by accidentally letting loose a beast.
Whilst in my opinion the film was quite funny at the beginning, I couldn’t help but feel that the first 45 minutes of the film was quite slow, however the speed of the film did pick up afterwards and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is estimated to have collected around $75m in it’s opening weekend, just behind the wide release of Doctor Strange two weeks ago. The film is faring well with adults aged over 35 which might help it be the number one film in the box office for over a fortnight.
Eddie Redmayne’s performance was a brilliant show of what the two time Oscar nominee can do as an actor. Whilst the film was action packed and full of the wizarding spells, there were jokes which kept you listening to the film. I am pleased to here that there will be a sequel to this film and I hope that you all will enjoy this film.
Worth Seeing? – Yes