Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
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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 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 Muggle worlds.
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The magical world of JK Rowling’s has exploded back onto our screens with "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them." For those who didn’t read or watch the past Harry Potter movies, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" is a book that Harry reads for school.
In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives in New York City on a secret mission. Landing in the Americas for the first time, he doesn’t know anyone in the city, is unfamiliar with the local witches and wizards and only vaguely knows their laws. What makes his situation even more precarious is that he arrives with a suitcase full of magical creatures, all of which are illegal to possess in the United States.
It doesn’t take long for one of the magical creatures to escape and wreak havoc in New York. As Newt pursues the creature through a bank, he meets Jacob Kowalski, a normal human (or “No-Maj” as they call Muggles in the U.S.) who is amazed by the revelation that magic exists. Newt also catches the attention of Porpentina Goldstein, an American witch and officer for the local magic regulators.
A mistaken suitcase swap between Newt and Jacob, leaves the magical suitcase in the hands of the clueless normal human. When Jacob hears the locks and lid of the suitcase pop open, chaos ensues with many of the creatures escaping and terrorising the non magical world.
As Porpentina arrests Newt for his ever-increasing number of infractions, he suddenly gets blamed for an invisible monster rampaging in the streets of the city.
There are many sub stories that run inline with the main story as this movie is to set up the new magical franchise that is still to come.
When I watched this movie I wasn’t overly amazed by it. In some ways I was a little let down. With the majority of it CGI, there was a lot of other movie references within it. Like the reassembling of buildings as seen in "Doctor Strange." The erasing of normal humans memories like in "Men in Black."
If you're a major Harry Potter fan, I’m sure you'll be seeing this movie over and over again before it leaves the cinema and then when you get it on digital copy it will be remastered a million times.
For us other people, the movie was worth a watch, but don’t compare it to the adventures of Harry Potter.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
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