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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews - Metacritic

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2016 METASCORE Generally favorable reviews based on 50 Critics See All 66 USER SCORE Generally favorable reviews based on 919 Ratings See All 7.3 VOTE NOW 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Please enter your birth date to watch this video: You are not allowed to view this material at this time. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Autoplay On Off Movie Details & Credits Warner Bros. | Release Date: November 18, 2016 Starring: Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston Summary: It's 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’sIt's 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.… Expand Director: David Yates Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Family Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 133 min See All Details and Credits Awards & Rankings 20 #20 Most Discussed Movie of 2016 39 #39 Most Shared Movie of 2016 Watch Now Stream On Stream On Metascore 66 Positive: 33 Mixed: 15 Negative: 2 Critic Reviews 100 The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw Nov 12, 2016 That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world of magic in a shower of supernatural sparks - and created a glorious fantasy-romance adventure. Read full review 80 Arizona Republic - Bill Goodykoontz Nov 16, 2016 It’s all quite intricate and entertaining and terrific to look at. The “Fantastic” of the title might be stretching things a bit, but it doesn’t miss the mark by much. Better still, it makes you look forward to, and not dread, the next installment — and that’s real magic. Read full review 75 Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan Nov 17, 2016 The plot thickens, along with the emotional tension, which was always the best part of the Potter universe, and not the dazzling special effects. Read full review 70 The New York Times - Manohla Dargis Nov 17, 2016 With the strange caws and showy displays, these beasties provide a lot of the movie’s easygoing pleasures. The adults are rather less engaging. Read full review 67 Entertainment Weekly - Chris Nashawaty Nov 12, 2016 Fantastic Beasts is two-plus hours of meandering eye candy that feels numbingly inconsequential. Read full review 60 Empire - Helen O'Hara Nov 12, 2016 Big, bold and teeming with imagination, it is so busy world-building that it occasionally forgets to have fun. But with this heavy lifting done, there’s every reason to hope for an even more magical adventure next time. Read full review 38 Slant Magazine - Eric Henderson Nov 17, 2016 The film exists resolutely outside of salience and doggedly within the comfort of escapism. Read full review SEE ALL 50 REVIEWS User Score Write a Review 7.3 Positive: 655 Mixed: 185 Negative: 79 User Reviews 10 dspratlin Nov 19, 2016 What’s it about?

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) misplaces an enchanted suitcase in 1920s New York. An extremely profitable franchise is unleashed. What did I think? Hey, you guys like Harry Potter? Then I’ve got good news: Fantastic Beasts is the worthy spin-offWhat’s it about?

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) misplaces an enchanted suitcase in 1920s New York. An extremely profitable franchise is unleashed.

What did I think?

Hey, you guys like Harry Potter? Then I’ve got good news: Fantastic Beasts is the worthy spin-off that you’re going to be really into for the next ten years or so. While it’s darker than the original films, it’s packed with subtle little nods to them that fans will adore, and the story (though somewhat complicated) is good enough to stand alone. It’s tremendous fun to see the wizarding world through a 1920s lens – magical speakeasy, anyone? – and the inhabitants of Scamander’s Pokeball-meets-TARDIS suitcase are just as fantastic as advertised. This film will frighten young children, but everyone else will be thoroughly enchanted.… Expand 14 of 25 users found this helpful1411 9 PipeC Nov 18, 2016 Scamander's Lumos Maxima Is Sufficient For Another J.K. Rowling's Heptalogy

It was predicted by the selfsame Rowling: "If I have a sufficiently powerful idea, I will come back", it is. The return to the wizarding universe most acclaimed of all time was as logical and pressing as the returnScamander's Lumos Maxima Is Sufficient For Another J.K. Rowling's Heptalogy

It was predicted by the selfsame Rowling: "If I have a sufficiently powerful idea, I will come back", it is. The return to the wizarding universe most acclaimed of all time was as logical and pressing as the return to Katniss Everdeen's Panem or a galaxy far, far away in "Star Wars". "Fantastic Beasts" fulfills all its aims with faultless expertise: conceiving the spinoff wished by all fanatics drawing on Harry Potter's rich mythology to forged a style of its own which stands out with power of franchise, introducing to the most apathetic or uninterested people of Rowling's writings and laying a consistent foundations for extensive franchise which has in front of its wand.

Seductive prequel begins in in the midst of the 1920s, in New York precisely, a period of economic prosperity. Magizoologist Newton "Newt" Artemis Fido Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) born in 1897, who was expelled from Hogwarts due to an incident with one of his beloved offsprings, does expeditions across five continents to register, protect—from the most dangerous specimens in the planet, "humans—" and categorize magical creatures in order to write a meticulous textbook of preservation about them, entitled "Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them" (with a foreword written by Albus Dumbledore: "Never tickle a sleeping dragon"). These trips take him to 'The Big Apple', where meets the baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Floger), who accidentally takes Scamander's fabulous carrying case. That mistake ends with the catastrophic opening of the suitcase, which four celestial animals escape ("Night at the Museum" style). While Kowalski, Scamander, Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) — a police belonging to the 'MACUSA' — and her charismatic sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) are in the exhaustive animal search and capture, in Europe, malicious and powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) causes great vicissitudes, which will be connected ominously with animal chase in North America.

The charm, excitement and fantasy projected before us were theoretically 'as if by magic', nonetheless, such magic is performed by explicit magicians. The first of them is who has been behind the art of wizards all this time, J. K. Rowling, who now holds the start of this new story with her own hands, since in addition to assembling almost naturally the new piece within Harry Potter's vast universe, wrote the screenplay of all the characters involved. British (screen)writer makes a well-built beginning as such; it's for that reason that first installment is crammed with information, narrative threads as: The Magical Congress of the United States of America (which is strictly dissimilar to the British), varied range of suggestive characters, meaningful range of facts, ambitious catalog of creatures and the presentation of who perhaps will be the king-villain of the saga (akin to 'Thanos' in "MCU").

Second miracle worker is director-producer David Yates, who was in the middle of Gabonese jungle with "The Legend of Tarzan" in July and concluded masterfully the story of Harry, Ron and Hermione with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & Part 2" in 2010 and 2011 respectively; he enigmatically returns to inaugurate a new and long chapter, which probably also will direct. His tremendous experience is imposed on the fluidity of the story, the refreshing and vital blocking and assiduous harmony of every complex aspect on the screen. It is open to view that Yates and Rowling are understood well and for the sake of their all 'muggles', that honest connection must endure.

Our third magicians are the art, production and boundless special effects team, they demonstrated some of their aces under the sleeve, the others are kept for future films. Simply by the imaginative, surprising and sophisticated recreation of the 1920s, radiant —and sometimes terrifying— creatures, thundering lightning flashes of wands, flying food and objects in the movie, parallel worlds of the suitcase of Newt and more are a compelling Academy Awards nomination. Maybe there is a little excessive use of CGI, but if the current blockbusters abusing technology for purposes like these, they have the clear path.

Lastly, but no less important, the true wizards of the story. Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne wears the coat that made Radcliffe shine in his time. The new hero for a new era of magic has an inherent connection with his stooped over way of walking, his shy personality and bangs manage to create an overwhelming and interesting atmosphere. His team is equally effective, however, Dan Floger ("No-maj") is who amuses us and provides part of the comicality in the film, and in addition, gives us glimpses of silent film. On the dark side of witchcraft and wizardry, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and the short cameo by Johnny Depp become the subplot into something scary, creepy and not too suitable for kids— substantially, pointing out in the excellent performances and background music by James Newton Howard.

"Fantastic Beasts" fortuitously becomes us absent-minded of the original series, with a spin-off packed with magic, joy, new opportunities and surprises to come. The faithful muggles—or No-maj— of Rowling have a lot to be happy with the return to the essence of Harry Potter with a golden and striking wrapping which promises fabulous visuals, stories, and possibilities. Open that suitcase, we are on the right way.… Expand 8 of 14 users found this helpful86 8 madmovieman Nov 29, 2016 This film is so good until it really isn’t. I’m not a Harry Potter die-hard, but I can say that, for the most part, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a near-perfect series opener for this spin-off franchise to the Harry Potter series. For over an hour and a half, it’s a film filledThis film is so good until it really isn’t. I’m not a Harry Potter die-hard, but I can say that, for the most part, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a near-perfect series opener for this spin-off franchise to the Harry Potter series. For over an hour and a half, it’s a film filled with glee, humour and imagination, as well as brains, strong directing and acting, and visuals, something that I absolutely loved until its crushingly disappointing final act, putting a real taint on the film as a whole.

But before I get into that, let’s talk about how this film works in comparison to the Harry Potter series. Thankfully, this film takes an almost totally different direction. With only hints and references to things we all know and love, this is a completely separate world and story from Hogwarts at the turn of the 21st Century, something that I was utterly delighted to see, as it allowed not only for more unpredictability and excitement in this film alone, but also opens up an endless world of possibilities for the films ahead.

Of course, we know that we’ll be getting many Fantastic Beasts sequels in the future, but I’m glad to say that this is a fantastic footing to start the franchise from. Despite the return of director David Yates from the last four Harry Potter films, the film has a distinctly different atmosphere in all ways from those movies. Save for one side plot, the film is wonderfully light-hearted, full of bright colours, and has a wide array of funny, energetic and interesting characters.

Because of that, I was smiling and having a great time for the first two acts of this movie. David Yates does an excellent job at confidently giving the film that vibe, whilst J.K. Rowling’s script isn’t just an entertaining adventure, but also features some intriguing elements about the wider context of the wizarding world in 1920s NYC, leaving the door open for a fascinating story arc.

Also, the performances here are excellent. Every one of the lead actors is brilliant from start to finish, adding to the film’s wonderful vibrancy and imagination. Redmayne, Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol are a dynamite leading quartet, all with fantastic chemistry at every moment, reminiscent of the good old days from The Philosopher’s Stone where Harry, Ron and Hermione were all having fun and adventures, something that relit the joy in my heart that was missing in the later films of the Harry Potter series.

In short, there’s so much to love and enjoy about Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, right up until its final act.

In a few seconds, the film switches from a bright and imaginative adventure to the most generic and dull blockbuster climax you can imagine. Apart from the genuinely painful overload of CGI throughout (there are moments when you can see nothing but it on screen), the story takes a dive, losing the camaraderie and intelligence of the earlier acts, in exchange for a city destruction sequence against a cloud of metal.

Whilst the final few minutes return the film to its earlier glory, the entire final act felt like it dragged on for an eternity, adding very little to both this film’s story and options for the future, showcasing loud, brash and boring action again and again. Having been so enchanted by this new world for so long, I was absolutely crushed by the final act’s disappointment, but I hope that it can be recognised as a simple fix for future films.

Overall, I really enjoyed the majority of this film. Imaginative, intelligent, bright and beautifully light-hearted, it’s a film that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Its strong directing, screenplay and acting all go a long way to making it even better, but it’s just the terrible disappointment of a final act that brings it all down a peg.… Expand 1 of 2 users found this helpful11 7 valgov291 May 1, 2017 This movie was a fun ride. Aside from a couple plot device solutions and an ambiguous hold on the climactic creature they battle at thee end obliterating everything in its path and then dying very easily the movie was worth watching and I look forward to a sequel. 0 of 0 users found this helpful00 6 dtl Nov 19, 2016 A generally enjoyable film, it looks good (but not great) and the cast works well together. The story on the other hand seemed often aimless and overly bogged down. Honestly, I don't understand why this is the story they decided to go with when expanding the Harry Potter world. That said,A generally enjoyable film, it looks good (but not great) and the cast works well together. The story on the other hand seemed often aimless and overly bogged down. Honestly, I don't understand why this is the story they decided to go with when expanding the Harry Potter world. That said, the story was neither overly confusing nor overly simple, and I expect that Rowling could do a good job in future scripts. The world itself seemed well put together, if a bit off-putting. Rowling doesn't seem to find much to like in her vision of American Wizardry, though I imagine in future movies we would find more nuance in that area. Additionally, I am not a fan of period pieces, and those who do may find it slightly more enjoyable.… Expand 1 of 6 users found this helpful15 4 RollingStoner Nov 19, 2016 This movie is definitely made for die hard Harry Potter fans. If you absolutely love the Harry Potter movies, you would probably already say this is amazing without even having to watch it. But for someone who was not a die hard fan, this movie is quite "meh". The pacing in the film is wayThis movie is definitely made for die hard Harry Potter fans. If you absolutely love the Harry Potter movies, you would probably already say this is amazing without even having to watch it. But for someone who was not a die hard fan, this movie is quite "meh". The pacing in the film is way off, the story line of the main characters and the villain have absolutely nothing to do with each other and never really has anything at stake, some of the CGI is actually terrible (which stands out compared to the really good CGI it has), and just an overall weak story that just screams sequel. Not a terrible movie, but really quite forgettable.… Expand 10 of 25 users found this helpful1015 0 juliusjun Dec 18, 2016 lame lame lame. You can telescope! Why you come to NYC by boat then? What's the use of Tina? Crying? What's the point of Mary Lou? She is against witches? Why she is not destroyed by all-mighty witches? What's the heck of the relations of Newt's beasts with the antagonist? Nothing! 2lame lame lame. You can telescope! Why you come to NYC by boat then? What's the use of Tina? Crying? What's the point of Mary Lou? She is against witches? Why she is not destroyed by all-mighty witches? What's the heck of the relations of Newt's beasts with the antagonist? Nothing! 2 stories! childish childish childish… Expand 1 of 4 users found this helpful13 SEE ALL 162 REVIEWS More From Metacritic Every Johnny Depp Movie This Century, Ranked We rank all 38 of Johnny Depp's films from the 21st century by Metascore. 15 Films to See in November We pick out the most promising films headed to theaters this month, from... 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