[Alternatives] – Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)

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Movie Review –
Fantastic Beasts and
Where To Find Them (2016)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Duration: 133 Minutes
Directed By: David Yates

Screenplay By: J.K. Rowling
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.


fantastic-beasts-movie-posterNewt Scamander is the hero I needed 15 years ago. Harry’s alright…but Newt takes the cake for me.

But Joey” you begin, “he [Newt] made so many stupid decisions!

Yes, you would be correct. If all it took was a thin fucking piece of twine to “stop” the beasts from escaping the briefcase, then you would be right: Newt is the biggest troll (thus far) in this new franchise. But through all of the incredibly bad decision making, there’s something there–something immaculately Canadian Hufflepuff as to how Newt carries himself that resonates so profoundly with me.

At least people aren’t necessarily dying because of him unlike Boy Wonder over there with the lightning scar…

Also great sleight of hand to one of the twists in terms of a storytelling perspective. Skepticism might bring you closer to the twist but it doesn’t really dilute the overall story.

Also the comic relief 10/10 would be best friends with them.


Though Redmayne really does sell the awkward quirk that comes with Newt, I could not help but think that his role is like a reprisal of Stephen Hawking re: The Theory of Everything. I think it’s just the personality that’s quite similar between the two. Maybe.

But aside from Redmayne, I can’t even begin to pick apart the acting because I was legit just enjoying my time being back in this world.


The best thing about this film is simply being able to step back into this magical world. Full stop.


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13 thoughts on “[Alternatives] – Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)”

  1. I really loved the movie, too! It was a nice treat seeing a different version of the Wizarding World and people who actually know how to use their magic, instead of just learning. What you said about Harry is hilarious! HA! It’s so true, though. So many people died for him that it was getting ridiculous. I loved Eddie’s portrayal of Newt. This was the first movie I’ve seen him in and I definitely want to check out the rest. The character of Jacob sold it for me, though! He was hilarious.


      1. I still want to watch The Theory of Everything eventually, as well as The Danish Girl. I mean he won the Oscar for TToE so it couldn’t have been that** bad lol They both sound very interesting.


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