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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

Tyler Reynolds

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Depending on where you go, a prequel to Harry Potter was either the best thing ever or completely unnecessary. Many people wondered whether or not this film will even be good. Regardless of whether this was wanted or not, the film came, and the results are….

About as well as a Harry Potter movie without Harry Potter could go. Starting off with the positive, the film is very entertaining. There is enough action and comedy to keep the viewer from nodding off. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander is charming enough to keep the film from going off in too many different directions. For the most part, the beasts in the movie are pretty fantastic. They are all varied and colorful, each giving off a distinct personality.

Now for the complaints. In all honesty, this movie isn’t necessary. Especially with the fact that the book it’s based off of does not have a story. There are going to be four more films in this series, and if something doesn’t change the name won’t have anything to do with the movies. This film feels like two different plots put together. In the beginning, Newt is trying to find beasts that have been outlawed in the United States. In the latter half, Newt and friends are trying to outsmart the American Magic Police. The change is jarring and doesn’t flow well. Also, the CGI on the creatures is very poor. The original Harry Potter movies had better effects than this, a 2016 film. There is no excuse for that.

In closing, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an entertaining film. It has enough action and laughs to keep you interested throughout. However, you will be sorely disappointed if you were hoping this was going to live up to the original Harry Potter films.  

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review