Magic madness is back with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is based on a book by the same name which was written by J.K. Rowling and used as a textbook by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermoine Granger and other students of Hogwarts School For Witchcraft And Wizardry.

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Director David Yates
Cast Eddie Redmay, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell.
Rating PG13
Genre Fantasy/Adventure
Running Time 2 Hours 15 Mins.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them takes us on a magical adventure with Magizoologist, Newt Scamander (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne) in the 1920s in New York City. You will notice Newt carrying his worn, tanned leather suitcase around with him always and there’s a reason for that: the case contains creatures beyond your wildest imagination. As he enters a tense time for the magical community in America – formally known as The Magical Congress Of The United States Of America – his visit isn’t met with much welcome from the magical community.

The acting can’t be faulted in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Eddie Redmayne embodies everything you would expect from a gentle hearted, inquisitive, kind to animals, wizard. He is able to give us a Newt that is completely in touch with all sentient beings and who, albeit strange, is a very wise wizard. His emotional range is impressive and he will make you laugh and cry in Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them. Newt is the perfect example of how kindness and patience can help you win over even the most brutal creatures.

Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein was brilliant and a strong female character that we’re excited to see develop. We love how calmly freaked out she constantly is, with her heart being more powerful than any magic she will ever yield. She cares deeply for all creatures, especially the broken ones. She’s able to come out of her own bubble of conformity and rules and see the world as a place filled with magical possibilities.

We particularly enjoyed Dan Fogler’s portrayal of Muggle, Jacob. This Muggle has a different kind of magic about him. His comedic timing is hilarious and you will be in stitches at some of the things he says and does. He is sweet too and you can’t help but fall under his spell, even though he never uses magic.

The set and costume design were as perfectly delightful as you would expect from a magical movie. As Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920s New York, you’re transported back into this glamourous area filled with fancy clothes, swing music and a magical history we weren’t even aware of. You’re taught about the differences between other magical territories, with there being unique new magical things to learn and discover. Luckily, there are four more Fantastic Beasts movies on the way, giving us plenty of time to explore and fall in love with magic and magical creatures all over again. You will immediately notice differences, like in America they call Muggles No-Majis and they attend Ilvermorny instead of Hogwarts. The costumes were particularly perfect, and we loved the slight magical variation in attire between witches and wizards and muggle borns.

There is a ton of action to enjoy, and be ready for epic magic duels. Also, seeing as the movie is called Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, you will be introduced to the most amazing magical beasts ever in this movie. The CGI is done so convincingly that you feel like this could be real life.

Not only is Fantastic Beasts very entertaining, but it serves as an important metaphor for tolerance, kindness, and non-violence towards animals and environmental conservation. In Fantastic Beasts you’ll soon realise that during the 1920s the magical community had very little time to take care of magical creatures and saw them only as a threat for keeping their magical world a secret. But Newt shows us that it’s important to conserve and take care of creatures and the environment to be able to live in natural (or magical) harmony together. Fantastic Beasts also raises the importance of not rejecting something or someone who is a little strange and different and that acceptance and tolerance is the only way. Other more serious themes like child abuse and emotional neglect are also referenced throughout the movie, which makes the story not merely a magical tale, but an important way for some people to deal with their own trauma.

Verdict

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find them is the magic we’ve been craving for a long time. With Eddie Redmayne as the lead character, you’re taken on an emotional and fun adventure, which you’re likely to return to watch in the next four movies of the franchise. In Fantastic Beasts you’re introduced to a whole new and exciting world of magic and we’re pumped to see where the tale (or tail of some magical creature) takes us next.

Are you keen to go watch Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? The magical movie swoops into South Africa cinemas on 25 November 2016.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Review: Magic Is Back
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