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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Newt
Sam Redford ... Customs Official
... Customs Official (voice)
... Witness
Tristan Tait ... Reporter
... Graves
... Photographer 2 (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
... Photographer 1
... Tina
... Mary Lou
... Jacob Kowalski
... Credence Barebone
... Modesty Barebone
... Chastity Barebone
... Bank Employee
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Storyline

In mid-20s New York, Newt Scamander, the British young activist wizard, arrives in town, holding a mysterious leather suitcase which shelters a wide array of diverse and magical creatures that exist among us. Amid an already fragile equilibrium of secrecy, and the increasing disasters ascribed to the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, Newt's precious suitcase will be lost--and to make matters worse--several creatures will manage to escape. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target Newt, in the background of an invisible, devastating, and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc on 5th Avenue. In the end, is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions; moreover, what will happen to the remaining fantastic beasts still loose in the streets? Written by Nick Riganas

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Explore a new era of the wizarding world before Harry Potter. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,403,387, 20 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,037,575
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski are trying to catch a creature in the zoo and ice lake pays tribute to the movies of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. See more »

Goofs

When Newt goes through customs after arriving in NYC he has 2 bags: the suitcase (with the critters) and another large leather garment-bag with a shoulder strap. It's only in 1 shot, then gone from the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal... settle down now, please.
[Dougal grumbles]
Newt Scamander: It won't be long.
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Crazy Credits

An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »


Soundtracks

Diga Diga Doo
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Licensed courtesy of Decca Records France
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Do you like going to the zoo? That is the question ...
18 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although I was a fan of the Harry Potter series, I had no preconceived notions or requirements for this stand-alone movie, other than an expectation that J.K. Rowling would not disappoint.

Nonetheless, I was disappointed. The first half of the movie is basically an overlong visit to a CGI-created zoo. We watch as the protagonist hunts down a half dozen or so "fantastic beasts", mostly one at a time and in extended chase sequences. If you do not enjoy visiting zoos or watching car chases (which have the same dynamic as animal chases, no matter how exotic the species), you may be bored. I certainly was.

The second half of the movie is more engaging, as loose strands from the first are finally woven into a conventional good vs. evil morality play. But even here, virtually every turn in the plot is easily predictable, as Rowling uses the same pro- Muggle/anti-Muggle dynamic employed in the Potter series to define her characters, plus an ironically preachy lesson in the harmful nature of organised religion. Fortunately, the actors, particularly the good guys and gals, are able to overcome the limitations of the script so that I couldn't help but like them and cheer them on. The cinematic recreation of early 20th century New York is also well done.

However, on the whole, I think Rowling is capable of better work than this. For movie-goers content to be dazzled by special effects, this film may do the trick. For those who want more than a formulaic "Hagrid saves the world" knock-off, the film will probably seem much longer than its two hour running time.


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