Although I have never read the Harry Potter books, nor seen the movies, I went to Prochnow to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With relatively no expectations for what I was about to see, I walked away quite pleased. Not only was the story interesting, but the characters were compelling. It wasn’t dependent on the other movies or story lines, so I was able to enjoy it as were avid HP fans.
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an English wizard, travels to New York during the 1920s with a Mary Poppins-esque suitcase full of a diverse cast of fantastic, magical beasts. An accidental suitcase switch with aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and a misunderstanding with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), a member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) leads to adventure for Newt.
The cast had great onscreen chemistry, and each delivered powerful performances. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of the endearingly awkward Newt will make audiences fall in love with his shy smile. Ezra Miller also did a fantastic job drawing viewers into the odd character of Credence Barebone.
Full of twists and turns, good humor, and memorable performances, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great adventure movie.