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Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is a spinoff of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. It is about Newt Scamander, a British magician and author of a book about magic who takes care of magical creatures kept inside a suitcase who accidentally lets them loose in 1926 New York.
The movie is very entertaining with a lot of magnificent and colorful visuals. The menageries of creepy looking creatures are very entertaining and maybe creepy looking but are still lovable. While the visuals are very good, the story itself is nothing to be excited with; it is very simple and nothing complex. The movie is an eye candy which is good if you just want to be entertained without thinking which makes this movie suitable for kids and teenagers.
While the technical aspects of the movie are great like most high budget movies, there is not much in the plot and story. There is no denying it is beautifully done with great magic and great set-designs; the production design and customs of prohibition era New York is very well crafted. There are a few characters that are not well developed; they are in the movie but it is not clear what they are there for or what their motives are. Perhaps this can be dealt with in the next installment.
It is not a bad movie but it not great either; it is technically beautiful and with witty writing, it could have been great if not for so many side characters and side plots. It is basically a Harry Potter movie minus the great characters.
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