'Fantastic Beasts' lives up to its name with quirky, vintage magic

For those of you still grieving the end of the eighth Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts will whisk you away to another magical world that you'll never want to return from. 

It's our first look at J.K. Rowling's wizarding world in the United States. Its no Hogwarts, but the film is loveable in its own unique way.

When it's over and you have to return to the muggle world, chances are you won't want to.

It doesn't help that the desperately adorable (at least according to these authors) Eddie Redmayne stars in the film, set in the roaring 20s New York City. Vintage and magic?! Count us in. 

Ever since the release of Avatar, we were overdue for a conservationist movie for the masses.

Cue Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

While J.K Rowling's new wizarding world has some familiar names, this is not a Harry Potter movie - not really.

Harry Potter fans. I repeat. This is not a Harry Potter movie. 

I want you to read that and keep playing back those words as you go into the theater. If you do, you'll love this series-worthy film. If you don't heed my advice, you may end up a grumpy muggle (or no-maj, depending which side of the pond you're from).

Set in 1926, Fantastic Beasts takes place across the pond from Hogwarts as Newt Scamander arrives in New York (in a pretty Titanic-looking) boat, carrying a mysterious suitcase which houses - you guessed it - magical creatures.

Newt is a loveable, quirky wizard who has a love for all critters. 

His simple mission is sidetracked when his creatures let themselves loose in the city, causing mayhem in the wizard and "No-Mag" realms.

Fantastic Beasts presents itself with a whole new lovable set of characters - or should I say creatures? They without a doubt stole the show.

I was sad when it ended because I only wanted more from the fantastical beasts.

I was also sad because there was no Harry Potter or Ron Weasley or Dumbledore. The characters were unfamiliar, the story wonted, but endearing nonetheless. 

There are still many questions to be answered, but, there were nods and allusions to the beloved Harry Potter series (which takes place 80 years in the future from Fantastic Beasts), and I think these characters and creatures may be just good enough that I can fall in love with their stories, too. 

Rowling's first shot at a screenplay feels like a fun take on the familiar but it's an easy world to get fantastically lost inside.

Save another Harry Potter book (a real one, not The Cursed Child...), Fantastical Beasts will do just fine. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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