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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dominates Weekend Box Office
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:07 am    Post subject: Another negative review Reply with quote

I seem to come on these negative reviews rather frequently...

Fantastic Beasts Is a Distinctly Unmagical Slog
By David Edelstein

Few movies are as conceptually tedious as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which transports J.K. Rowling’s fascist-wizards versus liberal-wizards-and-muggles conflict to 1920s New York — or a stagy, computer-generated simulation thereof. This time the script is by Dame J.K. herself, and from the outset — before we’ve even gotten to know the characters or the stakes — it’s hectic, cluttered, and ineptly staged. The Dickensian simplicity of the Harry Potter films has been replaced by a lot of desperate mugging. Part of the problem is that Rowling and her studio are not so much telling a story as erecting another “tentpole,” the Hollywood name for a “franchise” that becomes a virus — but is nonetheless regarded as a remedy for red ink. I only wish there were a vaccine.

From the start, Rowling tries to keep a lot of balls in the air, but gravity’s a bitch for a neophyte screenwriter. After an unseen monster ravages a block of tenements, an adorably tousled Eddie Redmayne, as someone called Scamander, steps off a ship from England with a battered brown suitcase full of odd creatures, one of which promptly escapes. (He’s not much of a zookeeper.) While Scamander is tracked by a bumbling member of the wizard police with the intriguing name Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), he gets his suitcase mixed-up with an identical one belonging to a tubby little man called Kowalski (Dan Fogler) who dreams of opening a bakery.

All this mayhem is set against a background of fanaticism. On one side, a crusader named Mary Lou (Samantha Morton) — she recalls the ‘20s temperance activists — tries to rouse the rabble against supernatural forces she’s convinced are plaguing the city. On the other, there’s apparently a proto-Voldemort racial supremacist called Gellert Grindelwald on the loose, plotting in secret to dominate the muggle world. (In the U.S., the word is not “muggle” but the much less elegant “No-Maj.”) Colin Farrell plays the sleek, icy wizard who surveys the damage and enlists Mary Lou’s patently demented disciple (an even weirder than usual Ezra Miller) to help him track down a member of a new species: a kind of child wizard forced to repress his or her magical power. The result of said repression is that the child is consumed, but not before wreaking havoc on buildings and bystanders.

If you followed the above synopsis, good for you. If you didn’t, the bottom line is that Rowling has resurrected her one big Potter theme and introduced a new wrinkle. The repressive fascists are once more the villains, but the damage now goes deeper than imprisoning or murdering liberal opponents. As in many horror films, people (here, children) forced to muzzle their gifts go quietly crazy, the upshot being rampaging id-monsters and self-immolation. Trump-like xenophobes led by a mogul called Shaw (Jon Voight) might correctly see danger to America, but Rowling is pretty firmly on the side of the tolerant. For one thing, her male hero is a sweetie who seeks to protect all creatures great and small that both the wizard and human worlds would rather see exterminated. The wizards, fearful of exposure, are more muzzling than the muggles.

Read the rest here: http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/review-fantastic-beasts-is-a-tedious-slog.html
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:39 am    Post subject: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Reply with quote

Last night Miranda, Michael and finally sat down and watched Fantastic Beasts and rather enjoyed it. I think like Montse I need to watch it again to figure out some things I got a bit confused about but since I bought in on iTunes that won't be a problem and might enjoy a glass or two of wine with it next time super grin

I got the impression that the forbidding of interaction between Nomaj and wizards was rather like the prohibition of alcohol which was going on in the US around the time this film was set and a bit of a parallel... We'll that's the thought that crossed my mind as the film progressed even though I might have been reading too much into it....lol

I see they will be making a sequel which will have a younger Dumbledore played by Jude Law and what happened with him and Grindlewald which should prove rather interesting especially if their relationship is brought into it.
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