FANTASTIC BEASTS REVIEW

Mahlete Massa

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The reboot of the iconic Harry Potter franchise has many in arms over whether the new story is a new unique story or just a poor attempt to cash in on the second highest grossing film series of all time.

REVIEW:

The film takes place in the roaring 1930s, and we follow the protagonist named Newt, an Englishman with a magical suitcase filled with magic critters. After a luggage mix-up with a muggle (or No-Maj in American terms,), he is left with the difficult task of catching these powerful beasts as they terrorize Manhattan. Other conflicts arise as well, introducing a handful of other characters, and many references to its preceding franchise.

OPINION:

Though the film was intended to be a stand-alone, it of course will always be compared to the Harry Potter movies. Overall, I say it’s a good attempt at a film. As a stand-alone the only real complaint is a lack of continuity that makes it feel like two films, and a reveal that will leave anyone without a vast knowledge of Harry Potter trivia confused. Overall it’s an entertaining film with many quirky characters.

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