Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowl­ing’s Wizard­ing World, decades be­fore Harry Pot­ter and half a world away.

Academy Award win­ner Ed­die Red­mayne (“The The­ory of Ev­ery­thing,” “The Dan­ish Girl”) stars in the cen­tral role of Ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist Newt Sca­man­der, un­der the di­rec­tion of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Pot­ter” block­busters.

There are grow­ing dan­gers in the wizard­ing world of 1926 New York. Some­thing mys­te­ri­ous is leav­ing a path of de­struc­tion in the streets, threat­en­ing to ex­pose the wizard­ing com­mu­nity to the No-Majs (Amer­i­can for Mug­gles), in­clud­ing the Sec­ond Sale­mers, a fa­nat­i­cal fac­tion bent on erad­i­cat­ing them. And the pow­er­ful, dark wizard Gellert Grindel­wald, af­ter wreak­ing havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Un­aware of the ris­ing ten­sions, Newt Sca­man­der ar­rives in the city near­ing the end of a global ex­cur­sion to re­search and res­cue mag­i­cal crea­tures, some of which are safe­guarded in the mag­i­cal hid­den di­men­sions of his de­cep­tively non­de­script leather case. But po­ten­tial dis­as­ter strikes when un­sus­pect­ing No-Maj Ja­cob Kowal­ski in­ad­ver­tently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city al­ready on edge—a se­ri­ous breach of the Statute of Se­crecy that for­mer Auror Tina Gold­stein jumps on, see­ing her chance to re­gain her post as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor. How­ever, things take an omi­nous turn when Per­ci­val Graves, the enig­matic Di­rec­tor of Mag­i­cal Se­cu­rity at MACUSA (Mag­i­cal Congress of the United States of Amer­ica), casts his sus­pi­cions on both Newt…and Tina.

Now al­lied, Newt and Tina, to­gether with Tina’s sis­ter, Quee­nie, and their new No-Maj friend, Ja­cob, form a band of un­likely he­roes, who must re­cover Newt’s miss­ing beasts be­fore they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four out­siders—now branded fugi­tives— ever imag­ined, as their mis­sion puts them on a col­li­sion course with dark forces that could push the wizard­ing and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Kather­ine Water­ston (“Steve Jobs,” “In­her­ent Vice”) as Tina, Tony Award win­ner Dan Fogler (“The 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spelling Bee”) as Ja­cob, Ali­son Su­dol (“Trans­par­ent”) as Tina’s sis­ter, Quee­nie, Ezra Miller (“Train­wreck,” up­com­ing “Jus­tice League”) as Cre­dence, two-time Os­car nom­i­nee Samantha Mor­ton (“In Amer­ica,” “Sweet and Low­down”) as Mary Lou Bare­bone, Os­car win­ner Jon Voight (“Com­ing Home,” TV’s “Ray Dono­van”) as Henry Shaw, Sr., Car­men Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina Pic­query, and Colin Far­rell (“Sav­ing Mr. Banks,” TV’s “True De­tec­tive”) as Per­ci­val Graves. Clas­si­fi­ca­tion TBC

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