Movie Review |Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them “2016”

by Mica Wilhite
fantastic-beastsI have never read a Harry Potter book. I have never seen a Harry Potter movie. However, when the author of the best-selling book series, later turned into one of the highest grossing film series in history, writes her first screenplay, I thought it was a good bet to see.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” showcases Joanne Rowling’s, penname J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, “voluminous imagination” according to the Christian Science Monitor. The prequel is has its roots in the Harry Potter series launching from a once referenced school textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Rowling
later wrote the false document “textbook” to be sold for charity. Then, in 2013, production plans for her first screenplay in this series were made. At this time, four more films are planned.

The success of the film will no doubt be interconnected to Harry Potter and the amazing computer-generated imagery. However, it’s the humanness of the characters that give the story its stickiness.

For example, when Non-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a deflated factory worker, does not get the bank loan for his bakery, he laments to his new friend Magizoologist Newton Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) “Er, no — I ain’t got no collateral. Stayed in the army too long, apparently — I don’t know.” And later when they are having a philosophical conversation about worry, Newt shares, “My philosophy is worrying means you suffer twice.”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (132 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for fantasy and action. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then pack up all of the little (and big) Muggles in your life and transport yourself to see the fantastic beasts Nundu, Niffler, Erumpent, Graphorn, Thunderbird, Billywig, Demiguise, Occamy, and Swooping Evil soon.

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