Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Pack your suitcase.

  • Starring:

    Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo

  • Directed by:

    David Yates

  • Running time:

    133 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Characters are killed/stunned into unconsciousness, shot at, punched, hit, pushed, shoved, knocked to the ground, blasted through the air, hit with wand strikes/objects, bumped into, bitten, pursued, frozen, dragged, teleported, obliviated, handcuffed, sentenced to death, face-grabbed, thrown over a railing/from up high, bound, jailed. A creature crashes through walls/rooms/cars/crowds/windows. Buildings/vehicles/shops/apartments/subway stations trashed. Cracks appear in walls/floors/roads. Smashed/shattered glass; objects kicked in/thrown through the air/dropped/smashed/snapped in two. Creatures eaten by other creatures. Characters fall through a shopfront/out of a tree/from a chandelier. Many items stolen. A story is told how a woman beats/mistreats her many adopted children. References to fighting in World War I. A child sings a song about destroying witches ("gonna watch her burn"). Not going to poison you, killed by a kid, mass slaughter, picking locks, I'd rather chop off my hand mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse with dark veins beneath skin. A young male seems to explode/tear apart. Bloody bite mark on neck, scratches/slashes on palms. Wound-dressing, wound-healing. Scabby mark on face. Sides of meat are cut up and fed to creatures. A creature has its tongue on a man's eyeball ready to suck out his brain. Skull susceptible to breakage mentioned.


    Mating call/dance. A creature chases a man hoping to mate with him. Woman in lingerie, cleavage. Flirting, kissing. Man in shower (no nudity seen). A woman with mind-reading powers says she knows what every guy is thinking when they see her. A woman asks a man if his wife knows he has a mistress.


    Alcohol (spirits, shots). Bar/speakeasy setting (bottles of liquor on shelves). Adults drink giggle water (alcoholic). A man takes a pill/drinks a potion. Smoking (cigar).


    Bugger, anus. Name-calling (pilfering pest, incorrigible, freak, wicked, unnatural, fools, etc).


    Witches, wizards, beasts, endangered creatures, quests, 1920s New York City, rejection, mind-reading, romance, dreams, pastries, cooking, research, betrayal, bigotry, adoption, child abuse, fear.


    Dead mother, dead son/brother. Dead mother mentioned. Thunder, lightning. Dogs, horses, lion, monkey, birds, hippo, elves, cockroaches, seal. Creatures with similarities to: platypus, eagle, stick insects, snakes (with wings), jellyfish, octopus, sloth, mice, hedgehog, insects, winged creatures (bats/pterodactyls), dung beetles, chickens, owl, butterflies, mosquito, sloth. Scary dark masses with black sand/tendrils. Characters with white eyes, blue eyes, invisibility, mind-reading, ability to see into the future, scales, very sharp teeth, pointy ears, fur, tentacles, large eyes, twisted fingers, long fingernails. Power blackout. Some fast editing/bright flashes of white light.


    Wonderful, enjoyable, glorious, rich, baroque, detailed, fun, buoyant, irresistible, unpretentious, good-natured, inventive, smart, engaging, spry, blithe, thrilling, effects-heavy, satsifying, sophisticated, spellbinding, polished, action-packed, relevant. Lovely/geeky/charming/bookish performance by Eddie Redmayne, terrific chemistry between cast, breathtaking/stylized/period-specific/nostalgic/otherworldly/spectacular/dazzling 1920s Manhattan setting, vivid CGI, sumptuous visuals, outstanding costumes, light-hearted premise, dark moments, inventive language, cacophonous/rousing finale, memorable cameo at the end of the film, impeccably crafted, doesn't talk down to its audience.


    Episodic, overstuffed, incohesive, meandering. Feels franchise-y/lifeless/padded, lacks magic.

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