November 30th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

I watched Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them and I really enjoyed it.  I liked the Twenties New York setting - Eddie Redmayne has yet to grow on me as 'Brit Boffin Wizard' Newt Scamander, but the characters of cute chubster Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), demoted Auror Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her scatty Legilimen sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol) are endearing.  Samantha Morton was chillingly brilliant as loopy Mary Lou Barebone aka 'Sadistic Wannabe Witchfinder.'  Lost boy Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) was fantastic and a reminder of what happens when the likes of Snape 'don't keep a lid on it.'  Best actor, who REALLY should have had a more prominent place, was Colin Farrell as the dark Percival Graves.  His scenes with Credence were * ahem * 'highly charged.' Least favourite was the surprise of Johnny Depp at the end - who will be 'Catch of the Season' in future 'Beast' films, if he cleans himself up and recalibrates - sans all the 'Heard High Drama'.

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8 out of 10 - only because I think they might have overused the CGI a bit.