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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Academy Award® Winner
Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World's preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning...  View more >

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol...  View more >

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Nov 22, 2016
When Harry Potter aired for the final time in 2011, I though it would be the last of the Harry Potter. I'm lad that I was wrong. five years later the magic of Harry Potter comes back to the big screen and even it Harry Potter's not in the movie, it magic lives on in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them." Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander who goes around the world collecting beasts and puts them in his suitcase. Yeah, I don't believe it until I see the suitcase. he runs into Jacob Kowalski who accidentally runs off with his suitcase and trouble follows. If you miss the harry potter series like I have, you won't be disappointed by the movie. the special effects are pure Harry Potter magic. KI like the beasts in the movie. He got a beast who is a cross between a bird and a snake. Huge Dung Beatles are everywhere. With these breasts on the loose, it won't be a dull moment in the movie. If you like this movie, more are on their way. Expect the next movie in the series to be out in two years. I would hope it will become a great series. Will wait and see.
Nov 23, 2016
"Fantastic Beasts" is a fine film. Unfortunately, there are many disappointing things too. To start, the visuals in the film are fantastic. The magic itself, along with the beasts themselves, look incredible. The performances were fine, but nothing special. The film goes too heavy on over-complex plot lines, and doesn't go nearly heavy enough on script or characters. If this is truly shaping up to be a franchise, the first film should be a character film. The primary job of the first film should be to make the audience fall in love with the characters, and Fantastic Beasts came up short on that front.

As far as the writing is concerned, once again, it fell short. I think the main reason for this is that J.K. Rowling is a novelist, not a screenwriter, and it shows. The characters were shaped well enough, but not enough to generate enough emotional investment in the viewer.

It almost seemed as though the makers and writers don't know where they want to take the franchise yet, so they just threw five different plot-lines on screen in this first film and prayed that it worked. They hoped that this film would make enough money to warrant sequels, and generate enough support to make the rest of the films enough money.

I truly hope that the future films in the franchise improve upon the things done well in this one, and learn from the things that weren't executed well.

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