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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantasy | 133 minutes
3,33 1.672 votes

Genre: Fantasy

Duration: 133 minuten

Country: United Kingdom / United States

Directed by: David Yates

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler

IMDb score: 7,2 (510.641)

Releasedate: 16 November 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them plot

"From J.K. Rowling's wizarding world."

1926. The story follows a so-called magic zoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt has just completed his worldwide excursion to find and capture a remarkable collection of mythical creatures. During a layover in New York, things spiral out of control when a couple of mythical creatures escape from his magical trunk, which could cause trouble for both the wizarding and Muggle worlds.

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avatar van JDSsmetje


  • 6566 messages
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Every now and then my girlfriend is in charge of the cinema and I have to drop 'Le Ciel Flamand' for another major blockbuster: this time a spin-off of Harry Potter. Now I'm not a fan of that bumbling wizard boy myself, whoever watches Fantastic Beasts misses his presence. And yet that is not even the reason that this enchanting print lacks the necessary magic power, because the urban setting and the plot that is too thin (proverbial) put a stop to that.

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avatar van RoyDeSmet


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When watching this movie, I immediately realize that what made the Harry Potter series so magical was Hogwarts School of Magic. This Fantastic Beasts is set in non-magical New York City where sorcery must be kept hidden. As a result, this film is nowhere near a shrine of the magic of the Harry Potter films.

The movie begins and a nondescript British lad arrives at Ellis Island for unknown reasons with a briefcase that we (as viewers of movie trailers) know contains magical creatures. The first hour we see how this nondescript Britje is looking for his lost critters while the magical tension in NYC is quite manageable. The Brit has nothing to do with this and carries out his plans; the Americans meddle with this alien wizard and the two agendas do not meet anywhere.

Halfway through the film, the focus shifts to the US Department of Magic's agenda, which I think is the biggest flaw with this film: the film isn't about fantastic magical creatures and where to find them at all, and the main character isn't Newt either. scamander.

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Ebenezer Scrooge

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I was green with envy when I heard from my niece from America that she had visited the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Hollywood, where she - probably in The Three Broomsticks - had a real Butterbeer. had been drinking. I've always wondered what such a Butterbeer tastes like... Werther's Echte, I guess..

Harry Potter goes America! The wizarding world is of course heavily exploited here, Americanized, which I actually think is a shame. If there was still a kind of mystical haze over the original eight films, this spin-off feels to me no more or less than the average superhero/Marvel film, which I usually abhor, except for the X-Men series.

But I'm not completely dissatisfied: 1920s New York looks grand, like old black-and-white photos that have been colored later, and the city also feels really grand from a spatial point of view.

What appealed to me the most were those few scenes with that Trump-esque senator and his moronic son, and that moment when people want to carry out the death penalty, without any trial. Johnny Depp has returned to his grandmother's dress-up box and I found Eddy Redmayne endearing as the peculiar Newt Scamander. The wizard equivalent of Freek Vonk, but not so hysterical.

At least the spark didn't fly to me. Perhaps at the next viewing?

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