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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

Jaap Buitendijk
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I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so I was super excited to find out that there was going to be more movies in the whole franchise. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series will consist of five movies and the first one came out on November 18.

The synopsis is the following (thanks Google): The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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.

If you are someone who is interested in fantasy movies or historical fiction, this movie might be just for you. Obviously, this movie is appealing for all Harry Potter fans.

This movie does contain some dark themes such as child abuse, so younger viewers from the age of 4-10 might have a hard time understanding the movie’s plot. There is a weird creepy scene with a little girl singing gruesome witch songs. Like what the heck?! That definitely creeped me out, so some parts of this movie might be a little scary for younger viewers.

But do not worry! This movie is full of cute “beasts.” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of fantastic beasts, so the movie is not misleading at all! The beasts glue your eyes to the screen. My personal favorites are Pickett, a Bowtruckle with attachment issues, and a Niffler, which hoards shiny things. I mean, how relatable are they???

The cast is excellent: Eddie Redmayne is fabulous as Newt Scamander and all the other cast members play their roles convincingly.

I might be sounding a little biased, but there are some flaws in this movie. Yep. I am not biased. Not at all.

The beginning of the movie is a bit choppy (like my article) and hard to understand, with weird transitioning visuals that go from one scene to the next. As the movie goes on, the conflict and plot become more clear to the audience.

This movie is perfect for this year of 2016, since it shows that bullying and discrimination get us nowhere. Credence, one of the characters in the movie, is treated horribly, and this causes more conflicts throughout the duration of the movie. This movie teaches us a lesson that bullying gets us nowhere and that those who show kindness to others will succeed in the end.

I do not want to disclose any spoilers in this review, so I am going to stop. I suggest that you go and watch the movie yourself. Leave your opinions in the comments below!

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