Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a spin-off movie from the iconic Harry Potter series. It follows Newt Scamander a British wizard who accidentally lets loose numerous magical creatures into the public.
I really liked this movie, and I think the reason why is J.K Rowling, as the screenwriter she can obviously make the film feel more like her books then Steven Cloves ever could and it really shows I would go as far to say this feels the most like Harry Potter out of all the films in the franchise. As a first time screenwriter it is a tremendous job done, it can sometimes feel a bit like a novel but it is rare throughout the film.
Eddie Redmayne is great as Newt Scamander he is portrayed exactly as I imagined him from The Fantastic Beasts Textbook. He provides someone who is relate able and fun as well as calm and introverted. He is a good main character because he is really great character but dose not take all the attention like Harry Potter did.
The person who defiantly did take the spotlight was Dan Folgers character Kowalski who was absolutely charming and hilarious as the only no-maj or muggle in the film he often slips to just a plot device but he never becomes just a side-kick and what you think is going to be an annoying character used just for comedy becomes the most heartwarming and emotional character.
The other supporting characters are quite good Queenie was really nice and likeable and was a good opposite to Kowalski but her sister Tina was very unlikable and someone who I could never get on board with and did something stupid whenever the audience grew fond of her reversing it, and was eventually shoe horned in as a love interest.
All of the beasts are really well done and feel quite real when they are being interacted with. The CGI is only just above par though which is something Harry Potter has always fallen accustom to especially after just seeing Doctor Strange. One of the beasts did get a bit tiresome and kind of would have been better if he was in it for just two minutes less but he did get a lot of laughs from the audience.
The biggest problem with the film though is that there was always a giant change of pace and tone because it attempted to show two stories with no relation other then them taking place at the same time. These scenes were well done and I liked them but I think if they maybe saved that for a sequel and had a different story line they could have made the movie better. The performances in this sub story were really what saved it because it was made so good you could forgive it Erza Miller was awesome and had a different role to what he usually plays and Colin Farrell played a villain who was likeable as well as vicious.
The film also felt stand-alone and did not end in a cliff-hanger even though there are four more films to come.
To conclude Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, is a truly fantastic addition to the Potter verse that shows that spin-offs can be good if not better then the original franchise. 4.5/5 Stars