Director: David Yates
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
This is a review of the movie and not the book.
This movie is the first prequel of the Harry Potter movies. There is now a prequel for every popular movie series. They are just not needed. This movie almost fails in that category. The only thing that saves this movie is that it is part of the Harry Potter world. Other than that it would not have gone well. Let me explain.
There is a story there for the movie, but it just gets a bit lost while you are watching it. There are just so many special effects in the movie. You get busy watching all of that, and you forget what is going on in the movie. The story is pretty thin for this movie. The book is only 128 pages. The movie is a little over two hours. How in the hell did they stretch out that movie that long? Oh, by adding tons of special effects. There just is not much of a story to the movie.
The special effects for the movie was over the top. The creations were brilliant and beautifully made. The details was there for all of the creatures. They looked like they were real animals at times. The rest of the movie was filled with magic flying all around the characters. It all looked really cool. I had no complaints with that part of the movie.
The cast was good. It was a shock to see Colin Farrell in the movie, but he was solid in his role. We normally do not see him in movie like this, but it worked. Ezra Miller is a good actor, and he was really good at playing this screwed up young man. He became that character. The rest of the cast was really good, except for one misplacement. Eddie Redmayne was so odd and awkward in the movie that it seemed like he was still playing Stephen Hawkins. Just watch his face twist and his nonexistent lips constantly move. I think that he was just wrong for the part.
Now this was not a bad movie at all. It just did not have much of a story to it. That was the real problem. It is well worth watching just to see the special effects. They look amazing. This will probably be a movie that many of you will want to add to your own private collection. Enjoy.
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