Director: David Yates
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For some fantasy action violence)
The result is a mostly charming story about a creature specialist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who fans of previous films may recognize as the author of one of the text books Harry read during his tenure at Hogwarts. Now, we need to stop for a moment and examine this because it sounds like a cheap marketing ploy on the surface to arbitrarily expand a franchise. And on the surface this is exactly what it sounded like to me. After all, we have many sequels and prequels, but is Hollywood so desperate to keep things alive they are turning to the school books that the characters from the original series read to keep things going? In practice this is a good thing though, because Newt was a person. He obviously lived a life. He went on a journey to write the text book. We can witness some of that journey and discover some of the creatures with him.
Parents, though not as dark as the last few Harry Potter films, this movie does have its share of scary imagery and disturbing images. Recommended for ages 12 and up.