It's fun to be back in the Harry Potter universe...kind of. This is well before Harry Potter was born. And in America, not England. Eddie Redmayne makes an appealing enough hero. Although I prefer Dan Fogler as Kowalski the no-mag (ugh...hate that name, call him a muggle) who gets pulled along on the adventure. His sense of wonder makes him a perfect audience surrogate. And his goofiness is just fun. But let's be realistic--the heroes here are the fantastic beasts themselves. You don't need much of a story, but you get one, about an evil wizard, government investigations, danger, adventure. And a setup for sequels. Hooray!
Running Time: 133 minutes
My Total Minutes: 438,671