Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Collin Farrell, Ezra Miller
What's it about:
The world before the Harry Potter series if you will. Of course, if you're familiar to the series, you're familiar with Newt Scamander's character. Newt (Eddie Redmayne) literally wrote and lived the book on magical creatures. When he first lands in New York at a time I'm guessing is the 1920s, times were simpler and the city a different creature than it is now.
He immediately catches the eye of an 'investigator' named Tina Goldstein from the Magical Congress of The USA, which is their answer to the UK's Ministry of Magic. She, in her earnest to do the right thing, takes him to the authorities, but finds it a failed attempt to prove a point.
She then takes Newt and a Muggle named Jacob Kowalski who he didn't obliviate (wipe the memory of) in, and who unwittingly unleashes magical creatures in NY.
Some like the Niffler are harmless, others are big and somewhat dangerous.
But it is an unseen force called the Obscurial that kills a US senator at a fundraiser that draws unwanted attention to the Magical community.
Blamed for the exposure, Newt, the Muggle, the investigator and her sister try and set things right. Will they do so in time?
Waterston as Tina leaves a lot to be desired of as a leading lady. And that's a disappointment. She's quite easily outshined by her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), who's a real treat to watch. We'd love to see more of Credence's back story, but we never get it. We know barely little as it is of Newt in this, except that his brother was a war hero and that Dumbledore is rather fond of him.
What to do:
Minor gripes aside, do not miss a minute of this film. It's probably one of the best films you'll watch this year that's consistently engaging and entertaining.