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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Critics’ Review

Fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to Harry Potter film series, produced and written by J.K. Rowling. It is the ninth one in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World series and the first installment in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.

Beyond expectation, the film has earned $721 million worldwide on release. Filming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them started on 17 August, 2015 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. The film promoted in New York on 10 November 2016. The movie was released on 18 November, 2016 and became the ninth highest- grossing film of 2016.

The best critics reviews also gone viral after the premiere. Glimpse of some reviews are given below;


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.


The New Yorker – Anthony Lane                                                                   Nov 21, 2016

In all,Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await. Will the spell not wear off before then?


CineVue – Joe Walsh                                                                                       Nov 21, 2016

A great deal of love, intelligence and effort have gone into crafting a more mature rendering of the Wizarding World, where pertinent themes of segregation, racism, international politics bubble in the narrative cauldron.


The Verge – Tasha Robinson                                                                            Nov 18, 2016

While Fantastic Beasts’ erratic leaps between murderous gravity and childish silliness are distracting, one thing is consistent: the characters here can be silly, broad, naïve, bungling, or just one-dimensional, but a surprising number of them are in some form of pain.


Christian Science Monitor – Peter Rainer                                                         Nov 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is fine enough to make you forgive, if not forget, the fact that it exists primarily as a corporate enterprise and not as an imaginative tour de force.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) – Mark Medley                                               Nov 17, 2016

The problem with this spinoff is, like homework, you’d rather be doing something else with your time.


Slant Magazine – Eric Henderson                                                                     Nov 17, 2016

The film exists resolutely outside of salience and doggedly within the comfort of escapism.


New York Magazine (Vulture) – David Edelstein                                           Nov 17, 2016

The movie might pass muster for kids weaned on the Harry Potter films — I shudder to think of the movies that pleased me when I was 7 or 8 — and uncritical critics. But you’d have to be desperate for another Potter fix to think this is magical entertainment. It’s thoroughly No-Maj.


Wall Street Journal – Joe Morgenstern                                                               Nov 17, 2016

We can all use more magic in our lives, and that promise is fulfilled quite delightfully at first. But extravagant creatures of digital descent can’t sustain a story that does little more than set the scene for a long string of sequels.


Slate – Dan Kois                                                                                                       Nov 17, 2016

While it’s a decent table-setter and a welcome return to a magical world that many of us love dearly, it’s no Force Awakens, bogged down as it is by exposition, dull characters, and sludgy pacing.


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.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Calvin Wilson                                                         Nov 17, 2016

Shares the magical appeal of the “Harry Potter” movies, which should come as no surprise.


The Playlist – Will Ashton                                                                                Nov 17, 2016

As a world-building exercise, Fantastic Beasts often succeeds. It’s charming, playful and welcoming in ways these movies haven’t been since the first two installments, and the patchiness of the plot is often forgiven because these characters are likable, rather affable, and well-cast.


ReelViews – James Berardinelli                                                                       Nov 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear.


RogerEbert.com – Susan Wloszczyna                                                               Nov 17, 2016

As with most complicated narratives, it is best to simply sit back at some point and enjoy the ride.


Boston Globe – Ty Burr                                                                                     Nov 17, 2016

The new film is a juicily enjoyable crowd-pleaser that works hard at expanding to fit the size of its ambitions and that wants to give the audience a high old time while slipping in reminders of how low some people may sink in the pursuit of power.


Los Angeles Times- Justin Chang                                                                     Nov 17, 2016

It both benefits and suffers from the relentless commercial logic that has, for the moment, placed a bit of a stranglehold on its own considerable magic.


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.


The A.V. Club – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky                                                             Nov 16, 2016

Patchy but occasionally charming, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them delivers most of what has come to be expected from J.K. Rowling’s book series and its successful film adaptations.


Austin Chronicle – Josh Kupecki                                                                      Nov 16, 2016

While Fantastic Beasts suffers from some symptoms we’ve basically taken as par for the course in recent high-profile Hollywood spectacles: too many set-pieces, various plotlines stitched together like a quilt, and one-note supporting roles (pretty sure Jon Voight – playing a newspaper mogul – is just there to introduce himself for subsequent entries), it is also really fun.


Village Voice – Bilge Ebiri                                                                                Nov 16, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is often lovely to look at, at times even stirring, but there’s very little to hold on to, story- or character-wise.


We Got This Covered – Matt Donato                                                                Nov 16, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is both a slice of magical monster mayhem and severely underwritten storytelling, landing somewhere between “pretty passable” and “zany fun” – but certainly nothing fantastic.


The Film Stage – Daniel Schindel                                                                     Nov 16, 2016

This is Marvel imitation at its most tedious. It’s particularly disappointing given how, in her original Harry Potter books, screenwriter J.K. Rowling demonstrated a deft ability to put in subtle foreshadowing and use characters and elements that would later take on new significance.


Time – Stephanie Zacharek                                                                               Nov 16, 2016

The picture—directed by David Yates, who also gave us the last four Harry Potter films, terrific ones—feels both sprawling and crowded, as if it were trying to pack too much mythology into one cramped crawlspace.



Chicago Tribune – Michael Phillips                                                                  Nov 16, 2016

The storytelling rhythm gets a bit pokey for the amount of story being told…. But director Yates knows his way around this stuff. The visual evocation of ’20s Manhattan with a twist offers considerable satisfaction, as does Redmayne’s embodiment of a boy-man more comfortable in the company of animals than with humans.


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.


USA Today – Brian Truitt                                                                                   Nov 16, 2016

Director David Yates’ entertaining introduction of awkward hero and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a confident and surprisingly funny adventure that’s more charming than most of the eight Harry Potter films.


The Seattle Times – Moira Macdonald                                                             Nov 15, 2016

There’s room for improvement in the “Fantastic Beasts” universe; perhaps we’ll see it in the next instalment or two. Meanwhile — even if you, like me, are a bit Pottered out and wish Rowling would devote herself instead to her marvellous Cormoran Strike detective-novel series (magic comes in many forms) — it’s still a pleasure to revisit the author’s world.


Philadelphia Inquirer – Tirdad Derakhshani                                                       Nov 15, 2016

Yates and Rowling skilfully weave their bleak – and very blunt-edged – message into the fabric of the story. It might be wildly out of place in a fantasy aimed at teens, but it’s a welcome change from the usual vapid blockbuster.


Tampa Bay Times – Steve Persall                                                                     Nov 15, 2016

Not even J.K. Rowling can say abracadabra and make a worthwhile movie franchise appear. The lightning that struck Harry Potter once merely grazes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, turning the sorcerer’s mentor into a fantasy apprentice.


Chicago Sun-Times – Richard Roeper                                                               Nov 15, 2016

The special effects are of course top level (though again, I wouldn’t say they’re breathtakingly special); the sets are amazingly rich in detail; the cinematography is fluid and vibrant. The result is an effective if not everlasting magical spell.


Variety – Peter Debruge                                                                                 Nov 12, 2016

Maintaining Yates as director lends a consistency to the project, and yet, it would have been refreshing to get a completely new take on Rowling’s world with this series, especially considering how murky and self-serious they got in the final chapters. Still, Yates knows this world as well as anyone, and he excels at finding visual solutions for challenging ideas.


Fantastic beasts and Where to Find Them is an action & adventure type movie, which is suitable for kids & family, and mingle of really amazing Science Fiction & fantasy.

This 132-minutes movie has earned $207,722, 418.00 and still counting.

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