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Matt’s Movie Corner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Matt Schnettler, Journalist

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One of this year’s most anticipated movies is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  J.K. Rowling has returned to the big screen with a movie starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, and Dan Fogler. It’s a prequel to the Harry Potter movies following Newt Scamander, a wizard zoologist who spends his life caring for magical creatures. He keeps them in his briefcase because magic is a thing, but when he loses the briefcase and his creatures escape, Newt must search throughout 1926 New York City for his animals, but will find something much more sinister.

Needless to say, Fantastic Beasts is going to make a lot of money. It’s basically this year’s Jurassic World or Star Wars Episode VII. Regardless of anything, people are going to love this movie and spend extreme amounts of money on it. The question is, is it any good?

The simple answer is yes. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a good movie, for a few reasons, mostly because of what it is versus what it could’ve been. J.K. Rowling knew that if she made a new movie people would eat it up. She used this popularity not to make a sequel to the original movies, with adult Harry Potter, rather she used this opportunity to expand on the universe and tell an entirely new story.

And it’s a pretty good story at that. Rather than the entire movie being about tracking down these creatures, Fantastic Beasts takes an opportunity to look further into the setting and explore many unknown aspects of the Harry Potter universe. Fans get to explore the same wizarding world but this time in 1920s USA. They also dive deeper than just the “catch the creatures story,” setting up for future installments.

Technically is where the movie faltered. While the CGI was mediocre at best, the sound was most at fault. Not only was the soundtrack just a rehash of the Harry Potter theme, I never noticed it once during the movie. The sound mixing was also hard to follow.  There were times when I couldn’t understand what the actors were yelling over all the sound.

Overall, Fantastic Beasts earns a B for being better than it should’ve been, but not as good as it could’ve been.

Grade: B

 

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