Movie review: Fantastic beasts and where to find them

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Director: David Yates, Screenplay: J.K Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Fine Frenzy, Samantha Morton.


Before we rate, let’s brief you a little about the multi-plot, Harry Potter spinoff - Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.


It’s 1926, and Newt Scamander arrives at Ellis Island with a bottomless suitcase full of illegal magical beasts, the kinds of a mischievous gold-digging Niffler, a stem-skinned bowtruckle that can unlock doors, a giant storm-causing Thunderbird et cetera. In his absent-mindedness, he swaps suitcases with a No-Maj who unleashes them onto the streets. But America is notoriously intolerant to magic; as a precaution, all beasts have been outlawed by MACUSA.

Goldstein, an ex-auror spies on Scamander, who with the No-Maj is on a perpetual hunt for his loose creatures. There’s a new sect of magic-fearing protesters on loose, led by the austere, Mary Lou. On the other hand, her, deeply untroubled son, Credence engages in private meetings with a dark, power-hungry auror, Graves.


Whilst the critics rant about how the movie portrays multiple magical myths, leaving the audience baffled and slightly incurious post the intermission and how Yates and Rowling take intolerance to new levels. As a die-hard Potter fan, watching bewildering, mystical creatures’ shenanigans and having wizards swiftly draw their wands to perform magic, apparating almost every now and then, the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them does absolute justice to pure entertainment.


Certain duplicitous agendas, enchanting prodigies, mind boggling beats that Rowling has invented in this five-sequence movie should be reason enough for you to book your tickets. If you’re looking at some more, the Potter references made in the movie are quite nostalgic, and Queenie and Jacob’s romantic subplot is adorable.


A much-awaited spin-off to Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should definitely hit on your 'movies-to-watch' list, if not for anything, for the visual treat of captivating magical beasts.


We’d have given the film 4 shors if not for the film’s pervading perplexion for 2 hours; but a 3.5 rating is undoubted.


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