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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Piece Of Shit Or Not?- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ooh! I think I found a couple!
Joe's Take-
In early 1900's New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending) arrives with a magical suitcase full of fantastic beasts. Some escape and become endangered from much larger creatures, so Mr. Scamander recruits the help of muggle Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury). Together they recapture the beasts and chronicle the start of Scamander's famous wizarding text book. Of course things will not be easy, since a group of anti-muggle wizards led by Colin Farrell (In Bruges) wish to capture the beasts for themselves. It all sounds like a damn Harry Potter version of Pokemon.

My Prediction- An interesting cast, colorful effects, and J.K. Rowling's creative control, makes this seem like a sure thing. But my one worry, is that the absence of "The boy who lived" and his cohorts, might result in high expectations with disappointing results. Hopefully this one can stand on its own merit and not rely too heavily on the past, or future, whatever, you know what I mean. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will not be a Piece Of Shit. Yet if it does suck, it's a shame that we don't have a real world obliviate spell to make us forget about it, besides politics.

Mike's Take -
J.K. Rowling returns to the world that she created with the fantastic Harry Potter series. The books and the movies have reignited a new generation of children's (and adults) imaginations. Now she has turned her sights to fleshing out that world she created, with a movie about a book she merely mentioned in the original Harry Potter books. Welcome to the big time Mr. Newt Scamander.

What's nice about the movie, it seems, is that we finally get to see another side of the "wizarding" world. Newt Scamander has decided to travel to New York City, for whatever reason that wasn't fully explained in the trailer (thankfully), looking a little the worse for wear. He is secretly carrying a bag full of fantastic creatures, that have been let loose in the city (or escaped?). Now he has to recruit a muggle to help him find the creatures, while avoiding the bad guy, Colin Farrell and save the day.

Typical of fantasy stories, yet this one is by J.K. Rowling, so it's anticipated that the writing and production values of the movie are going to be of a higher quality than most movies that are out there. Based on the trailer, this movie doesn't look like a piece of shit, however, we have been fooled before.



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