I love the Harry Potter movies. Not so much the books, or perhaps even the very first movie, but overall I love the Harry Potter movies. So I was pretty stoked to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as it was based on wizards, written by J.K. Rowling, and I was sure it would have the same style of filming and effects. Well, I was very happy with this movie! Eddie Redmayne plays Newt, a wizard who comes to New York City in hopes to help the creatures (or Fantastic Beasts) that he owns. Newt wants to save the creatures, while the wizard council wants to kill them all. Quickly after arriving in New York, he meets Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a "non-mag" a.k.a. muggle from the HP series, and they become friends as Newt must find the beasts that have escaped from his suitcase.
Then there is Tina (Katherine Waterston) who works for the Wizard president and is determined to take Newt in for having the beasts and bringing them to New York. Ya see, there is something terrorizing the streets of the city and everyone believes that it is a beast. Basically this film is Newt, Tina, and Kowalski looking for the beasts who have escaped and trying to figure out what is happening in the city.
The film style and effects were very similar to HP, and I loved every second of it. I'm also amazed at the imagination that JKR has, I mean I could never think of a glowing rhino looking creature or a small green walking stick looking creature. And all the personalities of those creatures were perfect. I liked the invisible "sloth" and how he was babysitting the huge dragon snake creature. If I were Newt, I would love those creatures just as much as him. The scene when he first shows the viewers what exactly is in the suitcase was amazing, and slightly funny as he was trying to get Kowalski to follow him.
Overall, I loved this movie. Aside from the creatures themselves, they were able to figure out the mystery of the thing that was terrorizing the city, and that itself was interesting - again, back to being in awe of the imagination of JKR. If I ever wrote a book it'd be a non-fiction with a ton of research, because that is how my brain works. I could never think up something like that. I'm going to give this movie a "Loved It" and if you haven't seen it yet you definitely need to.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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