Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting book vs. movie to review. It is actually an original and entertaining screenplay that spins off of a Hogwarts text book of the same name from the Harry Potter series that describes and accounts for all of the known magical beasts in the wizarding world. In this film, viewers are introduced to the quirky Newt Scamander and quite a few of the incredible beasts that Rowling has imagined. The acting is impeccable and this is the storytelling that can only come from an author like J.K. Rowling.
Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: J.K. Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: November 18, 2016
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.
Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.
Book vs. Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
While this review of Fantastic Beasts doesn’t fit with the typical book vs. movie review that is so customary of this feature, I found it fitting due to the origins of the film. There are so many tie-ins that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has to the original Harry Potter series and Newt Scamander’s book that it is really exciting for any Harry Potter fan. There are references to Dumbledore, Hogwarts and many of the magical beasts from the Harry Potter books and this story really feels like a prequel to the whole series.
Eccentric Main Character
There is no better actor than Eddie Redmayne to portray the eccentric protector and perfectly imperfect Newt Scamander. He really seems to get into the skin of Newt and is just so believable. It is a role that I am sure will be one that defines Redmayne, just as Daniel Radcliffe will always be known as Harry Potter. He is that convincing and fits the role flawlessly.
Amazing Special Effects
One of the few movies that I have enjoyed in 3D, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is actually ideal in this type of theatrical experience. The special effects are stunning and there are some moments where the 3D beasts come incredibly close to the audience. In my opinion, if you are heading out to see this one at the cinema, opt for the 3D ticket. Getting up close and personal with a Billywig and a Niffler is well worth the extra money for admission.