Before Rubeus Hagrid took over Care of Magical Creatures class, and no doubt ignored any and all warnings laid out in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” textbook, magizoologist Newt Scamander first had to travel the world and document all the exotic fauna he could find.
The year is 1926. The Tilt-A- Whirl, power steering, and restaurant drive-throughs are new inventions. The dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald has mysteriously disappeared. The Great War is comfortably in the rearview mirror (or so No-Majs think). And the New Salem Philanthropic Society and Second Salemers (anti-magic) are out in full force.
Yes, I am fully aware that this film came out roughly two years ago. And, yes, I saw it at that time. BUT, I completely forgot that I had written a review for it and recently rediscovered the file. As a film I thoroughly enjoyed, I figured it’d be okay to share it 100 weeks late.
Lerman brings to life one of literature’s most complex teens.
For most teenagers, high school’s a tough enough place even when you have things pretty well figured out. But when you’re awkward, quiet, and frequently emotional for reasons you can’t understand, it’s downright painful.