In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.
ActorsStarring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Josh Cowdery, Ronan Raftery, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Gemma Chan, Peter Breitmayer, Kevin Guthrie, Kamil Lemieszewski, Fanny Carbonnel, Sean Cronin, Christine Marzano, Lasco Atkins, Lucie Pohl, Joelle Koissi, Flor Ferraco, Dino Fazzani, Jason Newell, Jorge Leon Martinez, Cristian Lazar, Lobna Futers, Karl Farrer, Abi Adeyemi, Sam Redford, Akin Gazi, Solomon Taiwo Justified, Todd Boyce, Chloe de Burgh, Andrei Satalov, Tim Bentinck, Edd Osmond, Bart Edwards, Matthew Sim, Miroslav Zaruba, Elizabeth Moynihan, Gjevat Kelmendi, Jason Redshaw, BF Mulvey, Adam Lazarus, Anthony J. Sacco, Kirsty Grace, Ashley Hudson, Anne Wittman, Daniel Smales, Anick Wiget, Lee Asquith-Coe, Bernardo Santos, Andreea Paduraru, Gino Picciano
The CGI stuff was expertly executed, but we wouldn’t expect anything less given this film’s pedigree. The beasts were ingenious and the small details in almost every scene were clever and smile inducing. A couple of times I was reminded of Mary Poppins, think carpet bag and the tidying up scene. However, the storyline was thin with too many tails and by the end it felt like an overlong trailer for the four sequels to come. Although there was little character development maybe this will be a slow release over the duration of the franchise if they continue with the same cast. Overall it was average, hopefully the next one will be meatier. Special mention for Alison Sudol for a luminous, almost Monroe-esque performance.