Fantastic Beasts (2016) – Ace Mini-Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Written by: J. K. Rowling
Directed by: David Yates
U.K./U.S.A., 2016

How good is this movie?

This is the first movie set in the Harry Potter universe to tell an original story rather than adapting a novel. The result may be the best Harry Potter film yet! The plot can be hard to follow, the villain is a bit generic, and the film drags in places, but what it lacks on a narrative level it more than makes up for in visual design and acting. The fantastic beasts are richly imaginative and bring new wonder to a familiar universe. And Eddie Redmayne is adorable as the shy, caring, and sensitive Newt Scamander.

How ace is this movie?

The film does contain two romantic sub-plots, one of which has obvious sexual overtones. However, the other sub-plot is quite chaste and understated, and even between them they only make up a fairly small part of the story. The main focus is instead on Newt’s love for his animals and the heroes’ efforts to prevent collision between the Muggle and Wizarding worlds.

3.5 Stars; 3 Aces

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