Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It’s the weeks old review you’ve been waiting for! Realistically, you’ve probably seen this movie, but here you are and here I am, ready to read about and review it anyway. David Yate’s Fantastic Beasts (2016) follows Newt Scamander (whose name is either too on brand or perfect, I’m not sure), a British wizard with a penchant for magical creatures, as he dashes through New York on the lookout for the titular fantastic beasts. Beast he brought into New York, a place where they are strictly forbidden. Beasts that he lost. He is both helped and thwarted by a cast of American witches and no-majs, the American slang for muggles (sure).

Is it fun? Yes! Look, you and I both know it’s not Harry Potter, but that’s a pretty tall order. Do I love everything about it? No, specifically the rather drab portrayal of Art Deco architecture and the styling. At the end of the day, however, it is a movie about magic and adventure, which is classic fun stuff and perfect for the Holidays. Bye witches!

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