Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them(2016)
J.K. Rowling invites you to a new era of the wizarding world.
Author J. K. Rowling and director David Yates return to the Harry Potter universe with this spinoff story, starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) as writer Newt Scamander who discovers an underground community of witches and wizards in New York - 70 years before Harry reads his book.
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
The first non-Harry film in the Potter-verse favours a 1926 New York setting that follows characters pivotal to the Harry Potter mythology. If you’re not aware that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was a magical zoologist who wrote a textbook or that Gellert Grindelwald fought Dumbledore in an infamous battle for something-or-rather, Fantastic Beasts defines itself so well that newbies can easily follow while nerd eyes will soak up all the new details.... More
JK Rowling feels incredibly in-tune with her audience, the majority of whom grew up with the Hogwarts Class of 2001. Now these grown-ups are treated to a tale starring adults, centred on Scamander who enters the Big Apple with a (terribly unreliable) suitcase full of beasts while the underground world of wizards deals with an unstable threat that could expose them all.
Redmayne makes for a tender, unique, heart-warming hero who can sometimes seem more Time Lord than wizard (complete with Tardis-like luggage). Aiding him superbly is Dan Fogler as the muggle who stumbles into the world of magic like a pug in a car wash – bewildered, yet astonished. Alison Sudol also radiates as one-note charmer Queenie.
It’s a damn shame that Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) isn’t as memorable. After being disgraced, she seeks to prove herself to the Statute of Secrecy, but the movie denies her a decent chance to do some magic badassery.
The climax also underwhelms – as if they put nuts and bolts inside a CGI blender, threw it inside a subway, and called it a fight scene. But that’s partly because everything you see before that finale is so very visually fantastical. Special effects can elicit excitement through explosions, but Fantastic Beasts is at its best when it elicits wonder through exploration. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in the next four sequels.Hide
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BY KennethP91 superstar
Newt Scamander enters the city of New York with a briefcase filled with magical creatures, but when several creatures got loose, they are blamed for the attacks on the nomag (muggles). On the run from New York’s secret society of witch and wizardry, Newt is on the quest to prove his creatures’ innocence and to discover the... More sinister truth behind the attacks.
One of the highlights of this movie are it’s beasts and they are indeed fantastic. The creatures are fun to watch whenever they’re in the screen and for majority of the creatures they look great.
One character stood out from the cast and that is Dan Fogler, the nomag. He provides most of the humour which this movie definitely needed.
Unfortunately the movie suffers from a lot of problems as the expectations from the previous Harry Potter movies aren’t met in this spin-off. One major flaw of this film is it’s tone. The film struggles to decide whether it wants to be lighthearted or dark as the the movie switches scenes from one tone to another without warning.
Another flaw are it’s characters, apart from Kowalski (Dan Fogler) the rest of the characters are dull. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) lacks the charm to make us root for his character and it doesn’t help that he portrayed the character with an odd mannerism that’s difficult to relate to. Ezra Miller felt wasted as he is reduced to a one dimensional role that difficult to care about.
Overall Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t quite hit the magical stride that the Harry Potter movies had. The bipolar tone affected this movie in a negative way and it didn’t help that it’s main character is boring.
Though the creatures themselves are fascinating, it is not enough to enjoy the movie to it’s fullest. In a movie that’s meant to be about the beasts, the movie’s convoluted plot derailed the little enjoyments that the beasts brought to the screen.
The film has numerous easter eggs that refers to the previous movies and fans of the series will definitely identify them with glee, however for the casual audience this feels like your run of the mill blockbuster movie that’s all flash and no substance.Hide
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Loved the New York 1920s world, the extention of the magical world beyond potter into interesting Young Adult territoty but why are all the good roles for the boys??? The 'plain jane' gets a sort of administrative side kick role and the more I unpack the messages about girls and women the more my enjoyment fades.
BY RealityCheck superstar
So it felt very ‘Deathly Hollows’ but totally ‘Harry Potter’ throughout, and not just because of the music & magic. So emotional in a ‘Oliver Twist’ kind of way, with goo acting and amazing sound/stage/characters. Loveable people and animals, with an easy plot to follow, unless you get too caught up in the story. The apparition scenes reminded me of the shaky camera scene of so many films, annoying and hard to really see whats going on. I... More watched on Hoyts, Mega Screen, perhaps I should've opted for 3d... Apart from that, awesome, enjoyable & totally JK.
Genre : Magical, Potter fan-dom, adventure, fantasy
4/5 : for the amazing adaptation from book to film that jumps off the screen. Now I’m looking forward to reading the book!Hide
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