Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FANS of the Harry Pot­ter book series (and movies) will re­call that Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Sca­man­der is a book given by Al­bus Dum­ble­dore to Harry, and when Rowl­ing pub­lished it, fans dis­cov­ered it was es­sen­tially a book de­scrib­ing var­i­ous mag­i­cal crea­tures.

The movie is about the fic­tional author of the book, ‘ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist’ Newt (played bril­liantly by Red­mayne).

It be­gins with Newt ar­riv­ing in New York with a faulty brief­case that houses some mys­te­ri­ous crea­tures.

One es­capes and dur­ing the process to cap­ture it, he en­coun­ters Ja­cob (Fogler) who hopes to get a bank loan to open his own bak­ery. Ja­cob ends up ex­posed to the world of magic thanks to Newt.

Their an­tics are ob­served by Tina (Water­ston), who was de­moted from her po­si­tion as se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at the Mag­i­cal Congress of the United States of Amer ica (Macusa).

She hopes to change all that by bring­ing in Newt as his crea­tures threaten to ex­pose the mag­i­cal world to or­di­nary peo­ple.

That plan back­fires due to Newt and Ja­cob ac­ci­den­tally switch­ing brief­cases, and Ja­cob in­ad­ver­tently Cast: Ed­die Red­mayne, Kather­ine Water­ston and Dan Fogler Di­rec­tor: David Yates E-Value: 8 Act­ing: 8 Plot: 7 re­leas­ing more of the crea­tures.

Newt and Ja­cob to­gether with Tina and Tina’s mind-read­ing sis­ter Quee­nie (Ali­son Su­dol) team up to find the crea­tures but end up re­al­is­ing that they are fac­ing a dan­ger far greater than any of Newt’s crea­tures.

The movie is filled with in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Macusa op­er­a­tive Per­ci­val Graves ( Colin Far­rell) who seems to have his own agenda, a witch-hat­ing ac­tivist Mary Lou Bare­bone (Sa­man­tha Morton), and her abused son Cre­dence (Ezra Miller), who all have solid parts in the film.

The crea­tures (all CGI) are mag­nif­i­cent, the story is good and by men­tion­ing some char­ac­ters from the world of Harry Pot­ter, you feel a con­nec­tion to this new movie fran­chise.

Red­mayne makes Newt like­able and re­late­able even when he is awk­ward.

Thanks to an in­ter­est­ing lead and the won­der­ful worlds cre­ated in this movie, you will want to watch the se­quel.

Graphic de­sign­ers Lima and Mina (bot­tom, from far left), with some of their work from the Harry Pot­ter film series (left), and the lat­est film, Fan­tas­tic Beasts (be­low).

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