In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.
|Release Date||:||November 16, 2016|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Family, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Heyday films, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||David Yates, Anna Worley|
|Writers||:||Joanne K. Rowling, Joanne K. Rowling|
|Casts||:||Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Josh Cowdery, Ronan Raftery, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Gemma Chan, Peter Breitmayer, Kevin Guthrie, Kamil Lemieszewski, Sean Cronin, Christine Marzano, Lasco Atkins, Jorge Leon Martinez, Cristian Lazar, Karl Farrer, Sam Redford, Akin Gazi, Todd Boyce, Jason Redshaw, Anthony J. Sacco, Anne Wittman, Anick Wiget, Andreea Paduraru, Lee Asquith-Coe, Gino Picciano, Lucie Pohl, Dino Fazzani, Tim Bentinck, Bart Edwards, Flor Ferraco, Joelle Koissi, Fanny Carbonnel, Jason Newell, Lobna Futers, Abi Adeyemi, Solomon Taiwo Justified, Chloe de Burgh, Andrei Satalov, Edd Osmond, Matthew Sim, Miroslav Zaruba, Elizabeth Moynihan, Gjevat Kelmendi, BF Mulvey, Adam Lazarus, Kirsty Grace, Ashley Hudson, Daniel Smales, Bernardo Santos|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on novel, magic, secret society, cryptozoology, mythological beast, creature, new york city, spin off, female writer, wizard, magic spell, magical creature, 1920s|
It is unbelievable that JK Rowling's name is even attached to this film.
The discipline and thought that went into the Harry Potter characters and story certainly wasn't applied to this catastrophe, which, like the Hobbit and so many other Hollywood regurgitation(s), merely seeks massive profits by piggybacking on a successful franchise while being utterly devoid of substance.
It isn't even worth going into detail. There is only one truly likable character, though you can't relate to ANY character as we know absolutely nothing about them, nor do they have any developed relationships with each other.
The entire script is built around the magical creatures doing damage to NYC, again, a ridiculous premise, as the damage is massive and there is no backlash. The complicated boundaries between the magical and non-magical worlds and people, so well laid out in HP, are completely absent. The most ridiculous example of idiotic, careless detail is that for most of the scenes on the streets of NYC, it is practically a ghost town, whereas in reality, NYC in the 1920s was nearly as densely populated as it is now. Perhaps more so, not worth it to fact check this.
And Eddie Redmayne as the lead was totally inaccessible, not engaging and half of his speech literally unintelligible. Fully one third into the movie it is finally established that he, the lead character, is closer to magical creatures than humans, but by then, not only do we not care about him or like him, but really the script gives him not ONE real relationship wherein to show forth his character. Who is he? Where does he come from? We don't know. Anyway, a horrible choice for a lead character, someone who has no emotional connection to any characters. Even his relations to the animals is explored surface level, there is no one relationship with anyone or anything that develops throughout the story and makes the audience care about the character. Only superficial plot-related details are given and there is no emotional or human life at all.
This is the same way all the characters, every single one, is treated. They are merely 2 dimensional props, there to perpetuate a plot that is mostly centered around special effects and hubris action, magical creatures rampaging here and there, and, as I said, unrealistically, going on undetected.
Literally, not one shining point to this film. Another disgrace to storytelling, devoid of all substance and creativity, pumped out of the Warner Bros fecal-making factory. Utterly disappointed.