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OUR film re­viewer James Burgess is a 26 year-old Per­for­mance, Drama and The­atre grad­u­ate. The for­mer Fal­li­b­roome High School pupil has at­tended the BAFTA Film Awards in Lon­don ev­ery year since 2009, meet­ing stars in­clud­ing Dame He­len Mir­ren, Chris­tian Bale and Emma Thomp­son. James lives on St Ives Close in Mac­cles­field. You can visit his web­site at www.jab­film­re­views. blogspot.com

FAN­TAS­TIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

glow of magical mys­tery.

It doesn’t fea­ture Harry him­self, or any of the pre­vi­ous char­ac­ters – Dum­ble­dore is sim­ply al­luded to, but there are so many clever lit­tle in­ter­twin­ing ref­er­ences to the Pot­ter die­ge­sis.

In­stead, there are a colour­ful gag­gle of new ad­di­tions. Sadly, a sim­per­ing Ed­die Red­mayne is mis­cast (again), in a ter­ri­bly thank­less cookie-cut­ter of a lead role, as Newt Sca­man­der, the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of bum­bling in­ep­ti­tude.

New­comer Ali­son Su­dol is far more im­pres­sive as Quee­nie Gold­stein, a pink-clad minx with a heart of candy. But this cen­tral quar­tet of waxy he­roes are so depth-less, with no back-story what­so­ever. For a film with so many stun­ning vis­ual set-pieces, it has the con­flict­ing di­chotomy of very lit­tle hap­pen­ing nar­ra­to­log­i­cally.

In­fin­itely more grip­ping, is the fan­tas­tic new clutch of vil­lainy, lead by a bril­liant, grav­elly-voiced Colin Far­rell, com­pletely steal­ing the show as the aptly named Per­ci­val Graves. Sa­man­tha Mor­ton, Jon Voight and es­pe­cially Ezra Miller (all un­nerv­ingly scary) delve into even darker ter­ri­tory as Salem-based witch­hunters – in a dar­ingly top­i­cal so­cio-po­lit­i­cal sub-plot, tack­ling lo­bot­omy and dis­crim­i­na­tory seg­re­ga­tion.

James Newton-Howard adds per­pet­u­ally thrum­ming pathos, in a ter­rific score that’s by turns play­ful and threat­en­ing.

Stuart Craig’s sets, Colleen At­wood’s cos­tumes and Philippe Rous­selot’s out­stand­ingly glossy cin­e­matog­ra­phy are even fur­ther com­ple­mented by truly ex­cep­tional 3D vis­ual ef­fects.

Ev­ery­thing from lol­lipops, to in­stan­ta­neous apple strudel flies at you!

There are plenty of twists and turns and four more in­stal­ments on the way, not to men­tion an awe­some sur­prise cameo from Johnny Depp, sport­ing a shock of blond hair – though the less re­vealed about ex­actly how he makes his amazing en­trance, the bet­ter…

AS the ini­tial bars of John Wil­liams’s iconic theme flut­ter past the gi­ant, sil­very, fast-ap­proach­ing Warner Bros. logo, devo­tees and novices alike are en­cap­su­lated within the omi­nous, icy

Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Ed­die Red­mayne as Newt Sca­man­der, Kather­ine Water­ston as Propentina, Dan Fogler as Ja­cob Kowal­ski and Ali­son Su­dol as Quee­nie

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