Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Movie Review

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David Yates, director of four "Harry Potter" films, helmed "Fantastic Beasts và Where lớn Find Them," a spinoff fantasy adventure starring Eddie Redmayne và assorted CGI critters.

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The author of a textbook used by a magic student named Harry Potter gets his own giant franchise in Fantastic Beasts & Where khổng lồ Find Them, David Yates’ very-much-in-the-spirit new addition to lớn the Potter mythology. Working from the first screenplay penned directly by series creator J.K. Rowling, Yates also gets khổng lồ offer the first Rowling movie for which fans won’t already know the plot. (The only extant book is the facsimile textbook describing magic creatures our nhân vật has studied; the film’s events occur as he’s writing that tome.)


Likely lớn draw in just about everyone who followed the Potter series & to please most of them, the picture also has things to lớn offer for fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed that phenomenon. The latter group, however, may be less convinced that this spinoff demands the five feature-length installments Warners và Rowling have planned.


Eddie Redmayne makes an ideal Newt Scamander, who is endearingly sheepish around humans but gifted with the nifflers, bowtruckles, erumpents và so forth lớn whom the pic’s title refers. As he travels the globe collecting magical creatures, the wizard-scholar carries an enviable answer khổng lồ Noah’s ark: A humble leather suitcase that, like the Tardis and Mary Poppins‘ bag, is far larger on the inside than the outside. In fact, its vast, barnlike interior seems to lớn contain its own time-space portals, allowing its inhabitants to lớn enjoy whatever kind of habitat — desert, the Arctic, cluttered set-designer’s attic — they desire.

The only thing the suitcase doesn’t have is a reliable lid, and Newt has barely arrived in thành phố new york City —the year is 1926, and Colleen Atwood’s costumes take lovely liberties with the period —before one of his more mischievous animals escapes, skittering around inside a ngân hàng and stealing shiny things. In the confusion, Newt’s case gets switched for that of Jacob (Dan Fogler), a portly, amiable baker who knows nothing of magic.


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But by the time Newt realizes he has the wrong luggage, he’s in the custody of Tina (Katherine Waterston), a security officer with the Magical Congress of the United States of America. (Whereas British spellcasters give their institutions names lượt thích Hogwarts, Yanks get ugly acronyms like MACUSA. They also gọi Muggles“No-majs,” which means “no magic” và is as unpleasing to lớn the ear as it is on the page.) Tina tries lớn get Newt in trouble for attracting attention in that ngân hàng fracas — No-maj groups lượt thích the Second Salem-ers are stirring up fear of witchcraft in the populace, shades of mutant persecution in the X-Men films, and American wizards keep themselves secret —but she’s in a bit of hot water herself, and ends up helping the out-of-towner hunt for his suitcase. That’s not terribly hard, once Jacob opens the thing and the escaped beasts leave a trail of mayhem all over town.

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Tina brings the two men lớn her apartment for a pit stop, where they meet her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), a Jazz Age hottie who can read minds, takes a shine to lớn Jacob và makes the most of her too-few opportunities to charm the audience.

As these four try to collect all the escapees from Newt’s menagerie without making all of Manhattan aware of the magic around them, a MACUSA operative bearing the on-the-nose name Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) shadows them, pursuing some mysterious aims with the help of Ezra Miller’s Credence, the adopted (and abused) son of a puritanical witch-hater (Samantha Morton).

Invention và effects are the name of the game here, predictably, & this world invites us in as effectively as the best of the Potter episodes. (Only in scenes where actors pretend khổng lồ handle tiny snake-like dragons is a CG illusion unconvincing.) Somewhat less effective is the film’s character-bonding agenda: Breaks in the action for, say, backstory about Newt’s long-lost love sometimes feel lượt thích items on a checklist. On the other hand, a dinner scene at Tina & Queenie’s place charms, và the rapport Redmayne generates with the various beasts Newt cares for gives the picture a heart.


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Much of the film’s big wizarding-politics material will be appreciated mostly by those who thirst for ever more backstory in Rowling’s universe. It will doubtless be useful as the franchise progresses, though —the main villain, Gellert Grindelwald, makes the kind of teasing appearance at the end that promises a long Voldemort-like story arc. (Avoid IMDb if you want that cameo to surprise you.) Whether or not the ensemble chemistry ever clicks lớn the extent it did for Harry, Hermione and Ron, Rowling clearly has an endless supply of lore left to mô tả with those invested in her world.

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Distributor: Warner Bros.Production company: Heyday FilmsCast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin FarrellDirector: David YatesScreenwriter: J.K. RowlingProducers: David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel WigramExecutive producers: Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick SenatDirector of photography: Philippe RousselotProduction designer: Stuart CraigCostume designer: Colleen AtwoodEditor: Mark DayComposer: James Newton HowardCasting director: Fiona Weir