Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

David Yates (2016)

127min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling's first scriptwriting effort is a transporting fable that opens up a whole new universe of dark supernatural adventure. Newt Scamander (a superbly eccentric Eddie Redmayne) is a collector of magical creatures who travels to 1926 New York to add to the mythical menagerie hidden in his bottomless suitcase. Epic mayhem ensues when a few beasts escape, adding to the already strained tensions between the oppressed wizarding world and its No-Maj (aka muggle) persecutors. Potterverse veteran David Yates returns to direct this splendid escapist romp that brings fantasy wonderment to Rowling's dense sociopolitical storytelling, creating a firm foundation for the intended five-film franchise. All the brilliantly rendered creatures spring to stunning CGI life in a fun, ferocious and fabulous monstrous marathon laced with theme-park thrills, exuberant wit and enchanting invention, motored by Rowling's utterly spellbinding and powerful imagination.

Summary

Wizarding Brit Newt Scamander arrives in 1920s New York with a bagful of magical creatures that proceed to cause chaos. Harry Potter prequel, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell.

Cast & Crew

Newt Scamander Eddie Redmayne
Porpentina Goldstein Katherine Waterston
Jacob Kowalski Dan Fogler
Queenie Goldstein Alison Sudol
Credence Ezra Miller
Percival Graves Colin Farrell (2)
Gnarlack Ron Perlman
Henry Shaw Sr Jon Voight
Mary Lou Barebone Samantha Morton
Seraphina Piquery Carmen Ejogo
Madame Ya Zhou Gemma Chan
Grindelwald Johnny Depp
Lestrange Zoë Kravitz
Modesty Barebone Faith Wood-Blagrove
Chastity Barebone Jenn Murray
Red Dan Hedaya
Beryl Wunmi Mosaku
Director David Yates
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Nov 2016
Drama