FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.
In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate tale that takes place decades before the events at Hogwarts. Pleasingly familiar to Potter fans, perhaps a tad too formulaic for others, but still very enjoyable. Spectacular visual effects in 3D recreate New York of the day and bring us colorful beasts. In a sweet performance, Dan Fogler is the stand-out of the cast.
2016-U.S.-Britain. 133 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Yates. Screenplay, Novel: J.K. Rowling. Production Design: Stuart Craig, James Hambidge. Costume Design: Colleen Atwood. Cast: Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Porpentina ”Tina” Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo… Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz.
Trivia: Followed by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Oscar: Best Costume Design. BAFTA: Best Production Design.