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Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
11.17.2016
8 10
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PLOT: Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a young wizard, arrives in 1926 New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures, which promptly get loose. With a No-Maj (non magic person) in tow by the name of Jacob (Dan Fogler), along with Tina (Katherine Waterston) - a witch working for the American Magical Congress, and her bombshell sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), he sets to out recover his magical beasts, only to stumble onto a dark plot hatched by an early version of the “Deathly Hallows”.

REVIEW: Never let a good franchise go to waste. So seems to be the rationale behind FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Warner Bros mammoth continuation of the hugely successful Harry Potter series. Banking on the fact that the now grown-up Potter fans will follow a similarly grown-up gang of wizards and witches as they try to fight evil in the wizarding world, this arrives with a lot riding on its success.

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Lucky then that FANTASTIC BEASTS is effortlessly successful at drawing the audience into this distinctly American, period version of the Wizarding world, with a screenplay by none other than the woman who started it all, J.K Rowling. Shorter than other Potter films at only 130 minutes, FANTASTIC BEASTS serves as a fun-filled introduction to a new batch of wizards, with Eddie Redmayne ideally cast as our hero, Newt.

Shy and unassuming, with a mischievous streak, he’s an impish hero not too far removed from Harry Potter and a guy we’re going to like following around. He’s matched by the ace casting of Dan Fogler as his sidekick. Now, Fogler is an actor I’ve never warmed to before, but he’s terrific and very likable, working as almost the Oliver Hardy to Redmayne’s Stan Laurel, and this lighthearted approach serves the film well, especially as it gets dark in its second half.

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The movie hinges around a plot by dark wizards to recruit a witch with the power to obscure their talents, with Colin Farrell as a dark auror working with the Magic Congress to get it under control. It all revolves around Ezra Miller as the tortured son of an anti-magic crusader (Samantha Morton) who advocates a second Salem. He’s somehow connected to our heroine, played by the charming Katherine Waterston. With this and an upcoming part in ALIEN: COVENANT, Waterson is going to be a big-deal star pretty soon, and her warm performance here shows exactly why studios are investing in her so significantly. She’s terrific and has nice chemistry with Redmayne. Alison Sudol also makes a strong impression as her free-spirited sister, and it’s going to be a joy following this crew around another four movies or so.

While the cynical among us may roll our eyes at Warners being so blatantly bent on establishing a new franchise with this massive-budget tent-pole, one can’t deny it’s smartly assembled. With James Newton Howard contributing a score that peppers in John Williams’s themes but adds some of his own, and an intriguing mythology (including a big name cameo as the new big-bad Gellert Grindelwald), this is franchise film-making done right. It’s thoroughly enjoyable and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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5:52PM on 12/07/2016

Desparate attempt to cash in on Potterworld

First off there is no story. Beasts get loose and he has to find them. Big Deal!. The beasts aren't very cool.. Just bizarre looking. As for Dan Fogler they could have dropped in anyone and they would have done just as well. I went to the 10:35 AM screening and had to try very hard to keep from falling asleep.
First off there is no story. Beasts get loose and he has to find them. Big Deal!. The beasts aren't very cool.. Just bizarre looking. As for Dan Fogler they could have dropped in anyone and they would have done just as well. I went to the 10:35 AM screening and had to try very hard to keep from falling asleep.
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11:02AM on 11/25/2016
I was surprised at how good this film is, being an extension of the Harry Potter “Cinematic Universe,” to borrow a phrase. I was expecting that familiar downward spiral of destiny, but this is more upbeat and unpredictable.
I was surprised at how good this film is, being an extension of the Harry Potter “Cinematic Universe,” to borrow a phrase. I was expecting that familiar downward spiral of destiny, but this is more upbeat and unpredictable.
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3:55AM on 11/18/2016

somethings don't add up....

8/10 and the review is shorter than the one I just read for "Officer Downe'???

I heard WB is paying for good reviews... is there any truth to that?
8/10 and the review is shorter than the one I just read for "Officer Downe'???

I heard WB is paying for good reviews... is there any truth to that?
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5:32PM on 11/17/2016

"fantastic"

Got to see an early private screening last night, really enjoyed it! The cast work so well together and the film balances the humour really well with the darkness. Lovely cinematography and great score too. Looking forward to the second one now.
Got to see an early private screening last night, really enjoyed it! The cast work so well together and the film balances the humour really well with the darkness. Lovely cinematography and great score too. Looking forward to the second one now.
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11:06AM on 11/17/2016
Was never a fan of the Harry Potter franchise at all, but I will admit the story for this one (and the cast involved as well) has me interested. The marketing for this film has been everywhere which is what really made take notice. Glad to read that's it's as good as the trailers are making it out to be.
Was never a fan of the Harry Potter franchise at all, but I will admit the story for this one (and the cast involved as well) has me interested. The marketing for this film has been everywhere which is what really made take notice. Glad to read that's it's as good as the trailers are making it out to be.
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10:52AM on 11/17/2016
"He’s matched by the ace casting of Dan Fogler as his human sidekick."

This may seem like splitting hairs, but what makes Fogler's character distinct isn't that he's a human — after all, so is Newt Scamander, since wizards are just humans who can use magic. More specifically, Fogler's character is a "no-maj" (an American muggle).

Anyway, thanks for the review, looking forward to seeing the movie tonight!
"He’s matched by the ace casting of Dan Fogler as his human sidekick."

This may seem like splitting hairs, but what makes Fogler's character distinct isn't that he's a human — after all, so is Newt Scamander, since wizards are just humans who can use magic. More specifically, Fogler's character is a "no-maj" (an American muggle).

Anyway, thanks for the review, looking forward to seeing the movie tonight!
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