Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (5 out of 5)

Posted November 23, 2016

"Fantastic Beasts" is a bit like Harry Potter meets "Ghostbusters", dressed in clothes from "Boardwalk Empire". Fantastic Beasts follows eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he arrives in 1926 NY with his expansive suitcase full of magical creatures he's collected over the years. Dan Fogler comes close to stealing the movie as a hapless baker, and Katherine Waterston co-stars as a wizard who works downtown at the US Headquarters of Wizarding in America, where Colin Farrell's character is a mysterious force. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...

Harry Potter may not be back, but the money that follows him definitely is.

So in honor of the ninth movie in the Harry Potter universe, we've come up with the nine best trios in film, and several honorable mentions that didn't quite make the grade. Unfortunately, the scene was later deleted from the film, but according to News Australia, Redmayne worked incredibly hard for seven months to prepare for a scene that had been suggested by J.K. Rowling. In a way, the game player will be in a similar situation as Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander from the Fantastic Beasts movie, where Newt pursues fantastic beasts causing mayhem in NY.

""Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will open more worldwide markets including Spain, the United Kingdom, and Mexico.

So far, "Fantastic Beasts" is earning a whopping 90 percent score from the viewing audience.

While the first film in the Potter world without a novel to draw material from (Scamander's book doesn't count), Beasts does boast a screenplay by Rowling, her first.

Instead, I'll get straight to the point: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" could only be more, um, fantastic if it were called "Fantastic Beasts of the Southern Wild and Where to Find Them", and Hushpuppy showed up as Newt Scamander's assistant. And the answer is: "Fantastic Beasts will remain in the title if we go forward, and then it'll be 'and the...'" Considering Beasts is the first of five intended films, it makes sense to get the heavy lifting out of the way.