PG) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Warner Bros Pictures.
PG for Some Scary Scenes, Tobacco Use
Running Time: 133 Minutes.
2 and a half stars out of 4
J.K Rowling's triumphant return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an uniteresting, convulluted, visual mess. While Rowling's latest is sure to entertain fans of the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them feels too "inside baseball" for anyone who is not a fan of the original source material to enjoy. While Rowling's screenplay plays with some interesting concepts by having all the magic take place in 1920's New York City, the world building that the Harry Potter films are known for, is missing from Fantastic Beasts. I never believed that this "magical" world existed or even could exist, beyond the silver screen. Eddie Redmayne portrays Newt Scamander, and although Redmayne attempts to give it his all, I often felt as if he was severly miscast in the role as Redmayne brings no energy or charisma to the role. While the cinematography, costume design, and production design are all top notch, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is not nearly as special as Rowling's previous work, or even the previous Harry Potter films.